Health News
2/19/2017

Bernie Sanders is in ‘very good health,’ doctor says


Bernie Sanders is in ‘very good health,’ doctor saysThe 74-year-old Vermont senator would be the oldest person to be elected U.S. president.



Number of Obese, Overweight Kids Under 5 'Alarming,' Report Says


Number of Obese, Overweight Kids Under 5 'Alarming,' Report SaysThe number of obese or overweight children has risen by 10 million worldwide since 1990 and there are now more overweight and obese children in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries, the WHO said.



Dad Films Moment Dying Teen Realizes He Survived


Dad Films Moment Dying Teen Realizes He SurvivedA video of the Nov. 13 event posted last week to Facebook by Trevor’s dad is going viral, ABC News reports. “I really like the video,” Trevor, of Detroit, Mich., tells ABC. Since the surgery, Trevor has been doing well, WDIV reports, and there haven’t been any indications that his body is rejecting the new heart.



Everything You Need To Know About How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Kid’s Behavior


Everything You Need To Know About How Gut Bacteria Affects Your Kid’s BehaviorThis article originally appeared on Fatherly:



Alarming Birth Defect Rises Sharply in Past 20 Years


Alarming Birth Defect Rises Sharply in Past 20 YearsGastroschisis has risen fastest among babies born to young African-American women.



12 Common Plants That Can Be Deadly for Pets


12 Common Plants That Can Be Deadly for PetsNearly a quarter of all non-drug pet poisoning incidents are caused by plants.



Parents' Debt May Influence Childrens' Emotional Wellbeing


Parents' Debt May Influence Childrens' Emotional WellbeingSome kinds of debt, such as home mortgages and education loans, are linked to better child wellbeing while unsecured debt like credit card balances and overdue medical bills are tied to increasing behavior problems, according to a U.S. study. 



Why One Grocery Store Chain Is Ditching Candy at Checkout Lanes


Why One Grocery Store Chain Is Ditching Candy at Checkout LanesResisting temptation to buy candy just got a little bit easier. Grocery chain Aldi will be replacing the candy in its checkout aisles with trail mix, granola bars and dried fruit in each of their 1,500 stores by the end of the year. 



Pregnant Mom on Posing Nude: ‘When I Looked in the Mirror, I Liked What I Saw’


Pregnant Mom on Posing Nude: ‘When I Looked in the Mirror, I Liked What I Saw’I love to wear cleavage-baring dresses and I host burlesque shows, so it may seem like I’m very comfortable with my body. And I am—but only the top half. I come from a long line of what my mother euphemistically calls “big-boned women” (though I’m pretty sure bones aren’t supposed to jiggle so much). While I came to love my big breasts, try as I might, I have never been able to embrace my big thighs, butt, and belly.



Midlife Crisis? Most of Us Actually Get Happier, Study Finds


Midlife Crisis? Most of Us Actually Get Happier, Study FindsIf you’ve made it through your 40s without suddenly acquiring a blood red convertible, piercings, or a skydiving habit, you might have wondered whether you were the only one to miss out on that much-vaunted midlife crisis. “I do think that midlife crisis is a myth,” psychologist Nancy Galambos tells the CBC. “The results [of the paper] question the myth.” The team followed two groups: high school seniors from 18 to 43 and college seniors from ages 23 to 37, and asked both a simple question: “How happy are you with your life right now?” Among both cohorts happiness levels rose into their 30s, and while it dropped by age 43 for high school students, people were still happier in their 40s than in their teens.



This Type of Mom Is More Likely to Live Longer


This Type of Mom Is More Likely to Live LongerChasing after two toddlers at once (and worrying about them) must take a few years off a mom’s life, right? Apparently not.



Why Some Doctors Aren't Recommending the HPV Shot for Preteens


Why Some Doctors Aren't Recommending the HPV Shot for PreteensMany pediatricians and family doctors are not strongly recommending the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine to preteens and their parents, contributing to low vaccination rates, a survey of nearly 600 doctors suggests.The vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus, which is spread through sex and can cause several kinds of cancer, including cervical cancer. The government wants girls and boys to get it at age 11 or 12 because it works best if kids get it before they become sexually active. ...



11-Year-Old Boy Becomes First Child in Country to Undergo Mastectomy


11-Year-Old Boy Becomes First Child in Country to Undergo MastectomyAfter Lewis Deakin, an 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom, had several benign tumors grow in the arteries of his chest thanks to a condition called arteriovenous malformation, he became the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy—and he’s taking it all in stride. Lewis first baffled doctors three years ago, when tumors began to grow in his chest, reports the Manchester Evening News.



My Teenage Son Said He Wanted to Commit Suicide


My Teenage Son Said He Wanted to Commit SuicideIt was the one phone call I never expected. My child’s high school counselor was on the other end of the line, explaining to me that my son had told his friends that he was thinking about suicide.



Do Fertility Treatments Cause Cancer?


Do Fertility Treatments Cause Cancer?One of the reasons I was reluctant to start fertility treatment—aside from the astronomical costs—was I was afraid what it would mean to start putting all those chemicals in my body: the hormones to increase my egg production, to make me ovulate, to regulate my cycle. It seemed like a bit much. Especially since fertility is such a burgeoning field in early stages and no one quite knows what the effects will be.



6 Foods That Could Boost Your Breast Milk Supply


6 Foods That Could Boost Your Breast Milk SupplyEver heard of galactagogues? If you’re a breastfeeding mom, they could be your new best friend.



Childhood Asthma Rates Are Leveling Off Except for One Group Of Kids


Childhood Asthma Rates Are Leveling Off Except for One Group Of KidsChildhood asthma rates appear to have stopped rising among many U.S. groups, but not among the poorest kids or children aged 10 and older, a study suggests.



Are Children Without Both Parents Destined to Have Mental Health Issues?


Are Children Without Both Parents Destined to Have Mental Health Issues?A new study has found that children brought up by single parents and in step-families are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than kids living with both parents who identify themselves as the child’s “natural parents.”



Simple Habit That Can Prevent Kids From Becoming Fat


Simple Habit That Can Prevent Kids From Becoming FatThere’s a free and easy technique that can help stave off excessive weight gain in childhood: Eat more slowly and stop eating when you’re no longer hungry.



One Daughter Lost, Another Saved: Organ Donor’s Parents Meet 8-year-old Quadruple Transplant Recipient


One Daughter Lost, Another Saved: Organ Donor’s Parents Meet 8-year-old Quadruple Transplant RecipientKyree Beachem, from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, was born with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects the large intestine because nerve cells are missing from the muscles of the colon. The 8-year-old had been waiting for a multi-organ transplant — liver, pancreas and small bowel — for five years when her mother, Nan Beachem, got a call in late November that a donor had come through.



Kids Sports With the Highest Concussion Rates


Kids Sports With the Highest Concussion RatesConcussion rates vary widely across youth sports, with the greatest injury risk in higher-contact games like rugby, hockey and football, a new research review finds. Overall, young athletes experienced an average of no more than one concussion for roughly every 5,000 minutes of participation time, according to the analysis of previous research on injuries in popular youth sports. The concussion rate was about 18 times higher than average for rugby, five times greater for hockey, and roughly double for American football, the study found. “This is likely because rugby, hockey and American football are all sports that involve more frequent contact to the body and head,” said senior study author Paul Ronksley of the University of Calgary in Canada.



Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism


Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to AutismWomen in a new study who took antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy showed an 87 percent increased risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, compared with women who did not take medications for depression while expecting.



Donald Trump would be ‘the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,’ his doctor says


Donald Trump would be ‘the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,’ his doctor saysTrump: A picture of health. (Photo: Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters)



The Cuban Health Paradox


The Cuban Health ParadoxA newborn rests beside his mother’s bed at the Ana Betancourt de Mora Hospital in Camagüey. The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. (Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)



Why I Regret Donating My Eggs


Why I Regret Donating My EggsThis is for the college-aged girls. The ones who are in their “prime,” convinced they’re mostly invincible and totally strapped for cash. Because college is expensive — and so are Friday night drinks and last minute-travel plans; both integral parts of the college experience, if you ask me.



The Sickest City in Every State


The Sickest City in Every StateThe long debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has, if nothing else, put the spotlight on the poor state of the country’s health and health care system. Across the country, health outcomes vary greatly. More than 30% of the adult population of Madera, California, reported being in less than optimal health, while only 6.4% said the same in Ames, Iowa, the healthiest city in the country by our measure.



3-Year-Old's Illness Caused by a Penny Baffles Doctors for Days


3-Year-Old's Illness Caused by a Penny Baffles Doctors for DaysA 3-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is finally recovering at home after an illness, caused by a swallowed penny, stumped her doctors for weeks.



White House rips Trump health pick over stock deal


White House rips Trump health pick over stock dealOutgoing White House press secretary Josh Earnest tore into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health and human services secretary, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, amid a report that the Republican congressman bought stock in a medical company, then introduced legislation that would have directly benefited the company. “This is a very narrow, specific company that dealt with implants — hip and knee — and the legislation specifically affects implants.



Being denied an abortion more harmful to a woman’s mental health than having one: Study


Being denied an abortion more harmful to a woman’s mental health than having one: StudyPlanned Parenthood supporters rally for women’s access to reproductive health care on “National Pink Out Day” at Los Angeles City Hall. Brittany Sherwood was only 15 when she had an abortion after becoming pregnant the first time she ever engaged in sex. “Looking back, I’m proud of myself for having the insight to know that I would never be able to give up the child for adoption following a pregnancy and birth,” said Sherwood, who is now a mental health nurse practitioner in southern Florida.



Illegal midwives and border babies: The determined fight for home birth in Alabama


Illegal midwives and border babies: The determined fight for home birth in AlabamaAshley Loper, 27, is in the throes of labor.



‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’


‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’Kate, already mom to one daughter,  terminated her second pregnancy at 36 weeks. She named the daughter she lost Rose. (Photo: Rosanna U/Getty Images)



New Trump ad attacks Clinton's health


New Trump ad attacks Clinton's healthDonald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that “the shackles have been taken off” his campaign — a thinly veiled threat suggesting that the final 28 days of the presidential race will be filled with personal attacks. Hillary Clinton failed every single time as secretary of state. The 30-second spot, titled “Dangerous,” then cuts to clips of Clinton coughing on the stump and being helped up the stairs and into her van.



Dr. Oz on Trump interview: ’I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered’


Dr. Oz on Trump interview: ’I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered’Trump will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday. When Donald Trump appears on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday, the Republican nominee will reveal “his own personal health regimen,” according to a press release. Just don’t expect him to reveal the results of his recent physical — and don’t expect any probing from Dr. Mehmet Oz, the show’s host.



Trump on Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis: ‘I hope she gets well soon’


Trump on Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis: ‘I hope she gets well soon’Donald Trump declined to attack Hillary Clinton’s health, a day after the Democratic nominee’s campaign revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia. “I hope she gets well soon,” the Republican nominee said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, and a video taken by an onlooker appeared to show Clinton wobbling as she was helped into her van.



Rudy Giuliani says Hillary Clinton has a secret illness. His supposed proof? Online videos.


Rudy Giuliani says Hillary Clinton has a secret illness. His supposed proof? Online videos.Rudy Giuliani has joined the chorus of Donald Trump supporters peddling conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health. “She doesn’t need to campaign,” the former New York City mayor, who has emerged as one of the Republican nominee’s most visible surrogates, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She has the New York Times, she has the [New York] Daily News, she has ABC, she has CBS, she has NBC.



Outraged Citizens Say This Gym’s Campaign Is Fat Shaming


Outraged Citizens Say This Gym’s Campaign Is Fat ShamingFit4Less gym, in the U.K., has found itself in the midst of a controversy over one of its billboards. The gym’s ad upset people because it mentions “fat” people.



What a Guy Who Doesn’t Shower Can Teach Your Kid About Cleanliness


What a Guy Who Doesn’t Shower Can Teach Your Kid About CleanlinessThis article originally appeared it Fatherly:



Dad of Sick Baby Warns of Devastating Consequences of Not Washing Hands


Dad of Sick Baby Warns of Devastating Consequences of Not Washing HandsA father “almost lost” his baby daughter to the über-contagious Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and is warning others about the dangers of not washing hands.



‘World’s Heaviest Teenager’ Finally Walks After Dropping 700 Lbs.


‘World’s Heaviest Teenager’ Finally Walks After Dropping 700 Lbs.At his highest weight, Khaled Mohsen Al Shaeri weighed 1,345 lbs. and hadn’t left his bed for three years. In 2013, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ordered that he be hospitalized for treatment. Since then, Shaeri — now in his early 20s — has lost 700 lbs., and anew video, posted to YouTube Tuesday (garnering almost 48,000 views), shows him walking for the first time in years. 



Teen’s Joyful ‘I Beat Cancer’ Announcement Strikes a Chord


Teen’s Joyful ‘I Beat Cancer’ Announcement Strikes a ChordA teen’s announcement on Facebook that he is cancer-free has captured the attention of thousands of people. Jacob Munoz’s mom Yvette posted a photo on the Facebook page she created for her son, Jacob’s Fight, showing a beaming Jacob holding a handmade sign that read: “I am cancer free. Thank you Jesus.” The post has received more than 30,000 likes, over 3,000 shares, and more than 4,000 comments.



Toddler ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Battery ‘Burned’ Through Her Lung


Toddler ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Battery ‘Burned’ Through Her LungMom Clare Skill said her two-year-old daughter Sophie was playing at home when she noticed that something was wrong. Sophie went from agitated to crying excessively while holding the back of her neck. “She was so distressed, and I just knew she had swallowed something,” Skill told the Huffington Post U.K Monday. “My heart was beating so fast.”



Is Preschool Depression Something Parents Should Worry About?


Is Preschool Depression Something Parents Should Worry About?Do three-year-olds actually get depressed?



Finally, a Home With a Two-Story, Indoor Waterfall


Finally, a Home With a Two-Story, Indoor WaterfallPlenty of homes have large-scale, outdoor waterfall features, flowing into pools and over rocks in backyards. This fitness-focused New Hampshire house has one though, flowing from the top of the house down through a hole that cuts through two stories. One hallway is almost all glass.  The home also includes a 50-foot, indoor swimming pool, located in a solarium with retractable roof and heated tile flooring.



Path to true love may start with your BFF


Being someone's BFF is a big deal -- you don't hand over the other half of your "Best Friends" necklace to just anyone.

Why NASA is sending a superbug to the space station


An antibiotic-resistant superbug will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Saturday from the same Cape Canaveral pad where the first manned mission to the moon lifted off and soon be studied by astronauts on the International Space Station.

Flu vaccine is 48% effective this season, CDC says


The flu shot has been reducing the risk of infections in the United States by about half this season, according to reports issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the season is expected to continue for several more weeks.

China's fentanyl ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic, DEA officials say


China will ban the manufacture and sale of four variations of the synthetic drug fentanyl starting March 1, a move that US Drug Enforcement Administration officials call a "game-changer" for the United States' battle with manufactured opioids.

Cold caps help breast cancer patients avoid trauma of hair loss


For some women diagnosed with breast cancer, hair loss can be one of the more traumatic effects of chemotherapy. Scalp cooling caps and devices may be able to help combat hair loss, although experts warn that it is dependent on the individual and the type of chemo they use.

Wig-free portraits empower women


As Christoph Soeder began photographing women with alopecia, he wasn't sure exactly how to capture them.

How radical tattoos helped her fight breast cancer


Bernadette McLaughlin's world turned upside-down on April 16, 1990, when a visit to the doctor revealed a surprising breast cancer diagnosis.

Carton of lemons offers simple lesson about breast cancer


When Erin Chieze saw an indentation on her breast in December 2015, her conclusion was immediate. "I instantly knew I had breast cancer," she wrote on Facebook, thanks to a breast cancer awareness photo a friend had shared.

Third of breast cancer patients treated unnecessarily, study says


One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they're essentially harmless, according to a Danish study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, which has renewed debate over the value of early detection.

Recovering from surgery or stress? Yoga can help


Last year, I underwent surgery, intended to repair an incisional hernia stemming from a cesarean section when I had my youngest son.

Families, lawmakers demand transparency for $89,000 drug


A newly US-approved drug with an $89,000-a-year price tag has been put on hold, owing to the latest uproar from advocates and lawmakers over high drug prices.

64-year-old woman gives birth to twins


No, this isn't ripped from the headlines of the National Enquirer. According to a hospital in Spain, a woman really did give birth to twins at the age of 64.

Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change


The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages.

Chairs, soap and clothing could end mosquito bites for good


Known to health experts as the most deadly animal on the planet, the minuscule mosquito, with its dreaded whine, is responsible for millions of deaths from multiple diseases each year.

'We will lose those babies': Iranian doctor sees effects of travel ban


By the time President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January to suspend travel for 90 days from seven countries of concern, Dr. Alireza Abdollah Shamshirsaz, a fetal surgeon at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston, had already scheduled a trip to perform life-saving operations on two pregnant women in Iran.

Autism predicted by infant brain changes, study says


It may be possible to predict whether an infant will go on to develop autism, researchers say.

ADHD brains show differences in emotion


People diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have smaller brain volume than those without the disorder, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry. The differences in brain volume were identified by researchers who reviewed brain scans comparing those without ADHD to those with the disorder.

Chest pain? It might be one of these 7 things


All too often, the mention of chest pain conjures up images of a heart attack, but there are plenty of other diseases and conditions that can trigger this symptom.

Lessons from meditating with the Dalai Lama


For the past two months, I have been a changed man. It is hard to fully describe, except to say my mood is mostly sunny and more patient than usual.

How to have meaningful mindfulness


The Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga walk into a mayor's conference... they are part of the mindfulness movement. Mindfulness essentially is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. When people do it studies show they are happier, more successful, handle stress better and are more productive. There's a bunch of new science to understand it, here's what it is all about.

Firefighters dance with senior citizens on Valentine's Day


For many senior citizens, the day of love can be a bittersweet reminder of loved ones lost. To brighten up their senior residents' Valentine's Day, staff at John-Wesley Villas in Macon, Georgia, invited special guests to their first Sweetheart Ball: local firefighters.

Some blame the economy for rise in highway deaths


For the first time in a decade, more than 40,000 people died on US roadways last year, according to estimates reported by the National Safety Council.

'He's blue': 151 overdoses in 1 city


Louisville emergency crews responded to 151 calls of overdoses over a four-day span, a blistering pace that stretched and strained resources. CNN rode along to get a glimpse of the growing heroin crisis. "He's blue," one frantic 911 caller says.

New dads risk depression too, study says


Fathers are at risk of pre- and postpartum depression if they feel stressed or are in poor health when a baby is on the way, a new study suggests.

Thimerosal: What to know about this vaccine preservative


Thimerosal is best known as a preservative used in some vaccines to keep them from becoming contaminated.

Who's the mystery child in this 103-year-old photo?


His face is known to all who work at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and familiar to many in the community -- but nobody can tell you his name.

Can the foods you eat enhance your sex life?


A new Valentine's Day may bring a new relationship, a new box of chocolates or even fresh new roses.

What's at stake for older dads?


Actor George Clooney, 55, will soon to be a father to twins with his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 39 -- reigniting a conversation about what it means to be an older dad.

The healing power of kindness, at any age


Science tells us we are more likely to perform a thoughtful deed when someone does one for us. Take for instance the stranger who smiles at you in the elevator. Almost always, you'll return the gesture -- and you'll be more prone to smile at the next person you see. It's a ripple effect.

A girl and her glitter-shooting prosthetic


Jordan Reeves was born with a left arm that stop just above her elbow. She built a glitter-shooting prosthetic, she's a CrossFit athlete and an advocate for young children with limb differences.

'The worst day of my life'


The threat of the Zika virus has now become international, but the alarm was raised in Brazil last year when a growing number of cases of microcephaly began to emerge.

The mosquito menace


Why the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus is flourishing in the urban environment.

Can I trust a fertility app to stop me getting pregnant?


Sexual health experts say there needs to be more research into how effective fertility tracking apps are at preventing pregnancy.

NHS Health Check: A&E waits for January 'worst ever'


A record number of people waited more than 12 hours on A&E trolleys in January in England.

Bill Gates: Pathogen could kill 30m in a year


Microsoft's founder warns a virus, possibly created by terrorists, could have a catastrophic effect.

Jeremy Corbyn: Cuts to blame for social care crisis


Cuts to local authority funding are responsible for problems in the social care system, the Labour leader says.

Married for 12 years but the Robinsons have never heard each other


Helen and Neil Robinson have communicated using sign language up to now.

Should you pay to see a GP to ease financial pressure?


Brits in one place do just that - but critics say it can deter people from seeking help.

Comedian: Should I mention disability when online dating?


Comedian Romina Puma asks whether she should mention her disability when online dating.

Call for brain donors


Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs


Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

Doctors use virtual reality to prepare children for scans


Doctors have started using virtual reality to help kids overcome their fear of MRI scanners in hospitals.

Bangladeshi girl may be first female with 'tree man syndrome'


Bangladeshi Sahana Khatun, 10, developed the first bark-like warts on her face four months ago.

Spider phobia brain 'processes unconscious fear'


Showing arachnopohobes images of spiders so briefly they remain unaware of them could help overcome their fear.

Warning signs


Every year in the UK, 3,000 people's sight is damaged by a condition called giant cell arteritis. Dr Saleyah Ahsan explains what to look out for.

Treatment withheld


A patient and a doctor in Kenya tell their stories of the dispute that is now into its 10th week.

Back in control


How I overcame anorexia and what to look for if you're worried someone you know has an eating disorder

Grain of truth


Does rice really contain harmful quantities of arsenic? Dr Michael Mosley of Trust Me, I'm A Doctor investigates.

Cold and tired?


Hypothyroidism affects one in 70 women and one in 1,000 men, but it can be tricky to diagnose and treat

Losing a wife


As ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand says he is yet to "grieve properly" for his wife, three men share their experiences of losing a partner.

'Politics above lives'


Australia is again accused of "putting politics above lives" over the case of a high-risk pregnancy.

Donor dilemma


When her daughter, Thalya, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, Chantal Onelien's initial reaction was shock. But, as Adam Harris reports, it was only the beginning of a long and difficult fight.

'Tuberculosis in my brain'


Johnny Islam took part in a pioneering scheme where his TB medicine was supervised via a smartphone.

Painful goodbye


From cuddle cots to memory boxes, the experts tell us how they can help with the death of a baby

'Listen, don't judge'


Eight people with mental health problems share stories of break-ups, failed friendships and lost jobs.

Breast pumps baffle airport staff


Mums share the difficulties of needing to pump milk on the road

Bacteria boost


Can you change your gut bacteria for the better? Michael Mosley investigates for Trust Me I'm A Doctor.

Key unanswered questions


What we still don't know about the Zika virus and microcephaly.

What you need to know


An alarming and disturbing infection linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains is spreading.

Bill Gates 'hopeful' for global pandemic response plan


Bill Gates is 'hopeful' a Trump-led team could plan a response to a global epidemic

Drug manufacture 'major development'


Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

Vitamin D pills 'could stop colds or flu'


Food should be fortified with the vitamin for improved health, researchers claim.

Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result


Andy Sandness was 21 when a suicide attempt left him with a face almost destroyed by a gunshot.

Outlook for extremely premature babies 'improving'


Greater use of steroids in mothers-to-be and a focus on preventing infection are being credited.

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear


The discovery could lead to better tests and therapies for children with autism.

Football headers 'linked to brain damage'


Footballers suffer similar brain damage to boxers, a small scientific study suggests.

Ebola 'super-spreaders' cause most cases


Nearly two-thirds of cases in the west African outbreak were caused by just 3% of people.

Asthma sufferers 'struggling with their sex lives'


"No-one asks how it affects our relationship," says one sufferer.

Cancer drugs may be delayed after Brexit, say experts


Britain faces being "at the back of the queue" for new medicines once it leaves the EU, experts warn.

Male contraceptive gel passes monkey test


A new type of male contraceptive that plugs sperm flow with a gel is successful in monkey trials.

Lasers help doctors remove brain cancer


Lasers that spot whether tissue is healthy or cancerous is being tested.

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