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  • Get up, stand up: stand up for your waist!

    Replacing sitting time with standing time appeared to improve sugar, fat and cholesterol levels in the blood, researchers wrote in the European Heart Journal. The findings suggest that making small changes to a sedentary lifestyle can have a big impact on health -- and that you don't need to go as…

  • First child double hand transplant announced in US

    An eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors,…

  • Ebola cases fall to year low but WHO warns of trouble ahead

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone. There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra…

  • Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

    Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure. Public Health England confirmed the results of the test after the accident and emergency unit of Manchester Royal…

  • Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing preliminary findings from the long-term study in New Zealand -- the largest of its type to ever focus on rugby union -- researcher…

  • South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

    South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy. Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang…

  • Sierra Leone president unveils post-Ebola 'battle plan'

    Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has unveiled a post-Ebola "battle plan" to help the west African country turn the page on the devastating epidemic. "Beyond the immediate nine-month recovery period, we will commence a two-year plan during which we must resolve to restore Sierra Leone to…

  • Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

    The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease. Dubbed Mosquirix or RTS,S, the drug received a "positive scientific opinion" from the European…

  • 'Hidden' alcohol problem for affluent over-50s

    Affluent over-50s who are in good health and with active social lives are more likely than others in their age group to drink harmful amounts of alcohol, a study showed. "We can sketch -- at the risk of much simplification -- the problem of harmful alcohol drinking among people aged 50 or over in…

  • Cooking rice in a coffee-brewer could erase arsenic: study

    Arsenic in rice is a global health concern, but researchers in Northern Ireland have found a way to remove it by cooking rice the way coffee is brewed, a study said Wednesday. A percolator that cooks rice by passing hot water through it, rather than boiling it in a pot, was able to remove 85…

  • Eye drop gives hope for knifeless cataract cure

    An eye drop tested on dogs suggests that cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could one day be cured without surgery, a study said Wednesday. A naturally-occurring molecule called lanosterol, administered with an eye dropper, shrank canine cataracts, a team of scientists…

  • First direct evidence that autism is not rising

    The way autism is diagnosed in the United States has led to an apparent tripling in cases in recent years that does not reflect reality, researchers said Wednesday. Rather, more youths with intellectual or developmental disabilities are being reclassified as autistic, said the study in the…

  • Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men

    Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference. Some two-thirds of US seniors living with Alzheimer's disease are women, and women are almost twice as…

  • Wheelchairs for Nigeria: getting polio survivors on the move

    Six new wheelchairs are lined up near the entrance of the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People's Centre in the central Nigerian city of Jos. The chairs' new owners -- all of them polio survivors -- crawl one by one to the three-wheeled machines with flip-flops on their hands, dragging atrophied,…

  • Asia stock markets down as US earnings disappoint

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets dropped Wednesday after U.S. earnings fell short of expectations and investors began to focus on next week's Federal Reserve meeting.

    Associated Press
  • UN chief hails Turkmenistan for world's lowest smoking rate

    Health-obsessed former Soviet Turkmenistan is the country with the world's lowest proportion of smokers, World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan said during a visit to the isolated nation on Tuesday. Chan said that just 8 percent of the population smoked, according to WHO figures. "Recently…

  • The smartest way to take a vacation

    Should you take a brief vacation, or a weekslong excursion? Go somewhere new, or relax at the family beach house?

    The Wall Street Journal