Bill Gates is giving his endorsement to a remote controlled birth control implant that would be placed under the skin. This computer chip would stay good for 16 years and would give off the hormone levonorgestral on a daily basis. This very hormone is used to prevent pregnancy. The interesting part about this piece of technology is that females would be able to choose when to deactivate the chip or reactivate it by using a remote control.
Researchers seem to come up with new benefits of exercising in almost every study. The latest research found that regular exercise may encourage good bacteria diversity in the gut, while inactivity could do the opposite, Fox News cites a new study from Ireland published in the journal Gut.
The trial of a doctor accused of having poisoned seven terminally-ill patients opened in France Wednesday, reviving the debate on euthanasia in a country where the practice is illegal. Nicolas Bonnemaison faces life in prison if found guilty of "poisoning particularly vulnerable people" - five women and two men who died between March 2010 and July 2011 soon after being admitted to a hospital in the southwestern city of Bayonne where he worked.
Algeria said a 66-year-old man died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the first deadly case of the virus in the North African country.
Quebec’s National Assembly has just passed a controversial piece of legislation – "An act on end-of-life care", which brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province. The new law allows doctors to kill their patients if they request so-called "medical aid in dying". The law now treats euthanasia as health care, which is under provincial jurisdiction, as opposed to the federal Criminal Code, which lists it as homicide.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will chair a visiting session of the governmental commission on health protection in Moscow Region on Monday, the TASS news agency reports.
According to Donald Berwick, the ex-boss of Medicare and Medicaid, America lost between $82 billion and $272 billion in 2011 to medical fraud and abuse. The higher figure is 10% of medical spending and a whopping 1.7% of GDP which is equal to the entire output of Tennessee or nearly twice the budget of Britain’s National Health Service.
Scientific journal "PLOS Pathogens" has published a study of European scientists that have found a way to prevent the spread of the well-known coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,0000 people all over the world.
Alcohol killed 3.3 million in 2012. It's the third greatest risk factor for premature death, disability and overall health decline around the world, and the leading risk factor in the United States, according to the World Health Organization. Consuming alcohol increases a person's risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and cancer, the WHO estimates.
An HIV vaccine is to be developed in Russia already this year. Russia's Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova made that statement at the IV Eastern Europe and Central Africa HIV/AIDS Conference. According to Skvortsova the first clinical trials of the drug will start already in late 2014.
Saudi Arabia has announced 13 more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.
Doctors at Torbay hospital in Devon express certainty that the hi-tech device has already demonstrated a huge potential for medical training and education, since it enables to record operations live for further study. Some, orthopaedic surgeon David Isaac among them, tested the brand-new specs and shared most uplifting comments, even before the much spoken of gadget went on sale.
Saudi Arabia's death toll from MERS has risen by five to 126 fatalities since the mystery respiratory virus first appeared in the kingdom in 2012, the health ministry said Friday.
Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, Senior Public Communications Officer at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, described the most important missions of his organization, what kind of people work for Red Cross and what does the Red Cross membership imply during his interview with VoR.
Rob Gronkowski, well-known New England Patriots football player suffered from a forearm injury last season. However, that was not the reason due to which he missed six games. It was the infection that he received after a metal piece was installed into his arm in order to fix the broken bone.
American scientists have found out that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice. A specific protein in the young blood has been proven to have a rejuvenating effect on muscles and brain tissue, according to studies published by two independent groups in Cambridge and California. Thomas Rando, a professor of neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine, who pioneered using the parabiosis technique to study aging, commented on how the rejuvenating protein found in the young blood of mice, and also in human blood, works.
The Minnesota Senate has voted resoundingly to pass a bill allowing use - but not smoking - of medical marijuana for people with debilitating ailments. The Senate bill would allow use of medical marijuana by inhaling vapors or in pill or oil forms.
Today aging is one of the greatest risk factors and concerns for a slew of major conditions, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes and dementia. As the population grows older, the proportion of people suffering from such conditions soars. Thus, humanity badly needs a therapy that slows or reverses age-related damage done to the body.
In today's world where cardio-vascular diseases are among number one killers, a new treatment can come to rescue: actually, everyone has it: the teeth. University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that stem cells taken from our teeth can grow to resemble brain cells, suggesting they could one day be used in the brain as a therapy for stroke.