30 April 2017
Updated 18:30
Medicine

Indian doctors defend 500kg Egyptian's weight loss amid row

Indian doctors on Tuesday angrily rejected claims that they had lied about the amount of weight an Egyptian once believed to be the world's heaviest woman had lost following surgery.

Malaria

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

HIV treatment soars, but young African women suffer: UN

The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women.

She looks a happier and slimmer version of her past self

500kg Egyptian sheds half her weight after India surgery

The «world's heaviest woman» has shed half her weight -- around a quarter of a tonne -- in the two months she's been in India for treatment, doctors said.

Health

Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy.

Health

Last month, Tyson Foods announced a 'no antibiotics ever' pledge for all Tyson-branded chicken products, building on an earlier promise to restrict drug use on broiler chickens

Antibiotic-free meat gets a foothold in US

Facing pressure from environmentalists and shareholder activists, major US food companies and restaurant chains are moving to limit antibiotics in farm animals raised for meat.

California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.

Drugs

Hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca gains foothold in US

Dominique was hooked on cocaine and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until she stumbled onto ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that she says has changed her life.

Health

Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said on Sunday.

Health

Study suggests statins linked to lower dementia risk

Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, appear to be linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease in certain people, suggested a study out Monday.

India

The snake-catching tribe saving lives in India

A small scythe, a crowbar and a bundle of canvas bags are all that Kali and Vedan carry when they venture into the fields of southern India to catch some of the world's deadliest snakes.

Drugs

Opioid abuse in Canada a «national health emergency»

Deaths from opiate overdoses in Canada have become a «public health crisis» that could prompt the government to declare a national health emergency, the Canadian Health Minister said Friday.

India

Indian capital's zoo closes over bird flu scare

New Delhi zoo has temporarily closed after two birds died of bird flu, its curator said Wednesday, a month after India declared itself free of the disease.

Study

Lab-grown stem cells regenerate monkey hearts

In a step forward for organ regeneration, stem cells grown from a single monkey's skin cells revitalised the damaged hearts of five sick macaques, scientists reported Monday.

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Bitter rift rocks AOC as Coates fights for job

Powerful Australian Olympic Committee head John Coates is facing a bitter campaign to oust him after 27 years, with his media chief stepping down Wednesday amid bullying claims rocking the organisation.

US misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says

The US government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said on Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.