Zika Has Slowed Down In Florida, Officials Say

The spread of Zika in the Caribbea and South America has slowed down, resulting in a decrease of the virus’ spread in Florida this year, health officials announced. Dr. Henry Walke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s incident manager for Zika response, said that herd immunity has contributed greatly to the decline of the […]

Oral sex is leading to a rise in untreatable ‘gonorrhoea’ superbug

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. Oral sex and a decline in condom use are reportedly behind the spread. Giving details of studies showing a “very serious situation” […]

No defined gender for new born Canadian baby

A parent in Canada fighting to keep their child’s sex off all official records has successfully had a health card issued for them without a gender marker. Eight-month old Searyl Atli has a “U” – presumably for “undetermined” or “unassigned” – instead of “male” or “female” on the card, which is used for medical treatment. […]

Pub smoking ban: 10 charts that show the impact

It’s 10 years since smoking was banned in enclosed workplaces in England, following similar moves in the rest of the UK. But how has the “pub smoking ban” changed the country? Do you remember the time when pubs were full of smoke? When you could light up after a meal at a restaurant? Or when […]

FDA approves generic Truvada — but there’s a catch

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information about the availability of the generic product and removes incorrect information from an FDA official about when this generic drug would be made available in the U.S. The blockbuster announcement — long thought to be expected sometime in 2021 — took advocates for the […]

Being married ‘protects your health’

  Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers. A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of nearly a million UK adults. All […]

An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller

An egg a day might help undernourished young children grow to a healthy height, according to a six-month study in Ecuador. Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an omelette, eggs appeared to give infants a boost. It could be a cheap way to prevent stunting, say researchers in the journal Pediatrics. The first […]

Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial

  Marianne Heath: “My tumour shrunk away” A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown “very promising” results in women in the advanced stages of the disease. It shrunk tumours in around half of women who took part in a small trial. Researchers had only been testing the drug to see if it was […]