Health

Opioid drug maker settles US lawsuit for $4.5 million

Opioid drug maker Insys agreed to pay $4.5 million Friday to end a lawsuit in which it was accused of deceptive marketing, one of the first settlements of civil suits that drug manufacturers face over a US overdose epidemic.

Study

Death rates far higher for «alternative» cancer cures

People who choose alternative cures for common cancers are up to five times more likely to die compared to those opting for standard treatments, the lead scientist of a new study told AFP Friday.

Avoiding food at night may reduce breast cancer recurrence

Women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer may lower their risk of tumors coming back if they avoid eating for 13 hours or more each night, a study published Thursday said.

Health

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible.

Treating thousands of animals

Brett Hartman gives his dogs Cayley, a six-year-old-Labrador Retriever drops of a cannabis based medicinal tincture to treat hip pain and anxiety

Medical marijuana woos four-legged fans

It's early morning, just after breakfast, and six-year-old Cayley is wide awake, eagerly anticipating her daily dose of cannabis.

Next Ebola outbreak «inevitable» but world better prepared: WHO

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus is «inevitable» but a new vaccine and rapid-response measures mean it will be more effectively contained, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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

A mosquito-borne disease, malaria killed 429,000 people in 2015, 92 percent of them in Africa

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

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.

Top Stories

A McDonald's in New Delhi pictured in June: the company is to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

Big Ben's scheduled four-year silence has stirred a worried debate at a time of national uncertainty

Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

The Beatles released «Eleanor Rigby» in 1966

Beatles' «Eleanor Rigby» score expected to fetch $26,000 at auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song «Eleanor Rigby» is to be sold at auction, alongside the deeds of the grave of the woman said to have been immortalised by the Fab Four.

US car industry publication Automotive News has previously reported China's Great Wall intends to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand

China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase

China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious offer to buy all or part of Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.