Health

Tainted eggs scandal reaches Italy

Two of 114 egg samples tested in Italy have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, Italy's health ministry said Monday, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.

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

Acupuncture is one form of alternative medicine that cancer patients sometimes choose over standard medical treatments, but a new study shows that people who choose alternative cures have a far higher death rate

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

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.

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The centre-right German Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with a surge of support for far-right protest party AfD

«Merkel understood nothing»: AfD's fury in east Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Israel Folau (C) scored his 12th international try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane, having started every Test match this year

Folau to be rested and miss Wallabies tour - Cheika

Star fullback Israel Folau will miss Australia's end-of-season tour to Japan and Britain following a long, demanding season, coach Michael Cheika said Sunday

Saudis attend a short film festival on a rare movie night in Riyadh

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

World number four, and US PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is co-leader after three rounds in the CJ Cup which carries a massive first prize of $1,665,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points

PGA Tour plans «not imminent» for more Asia events

Further new US PGA Tour events in Asia are a possibility, but commissioner Jay Monahan said Sunday that «to say something is imminent would be a miscalculation»