Breast, Cervical Cancers Rates Rising Worldwide

Women all over the world are at increased risk of developing breast and cervical cancers.  A new study finds that, for reasons not yet understood, the incidence of these cancers is up in most countries, with the rise especially sharp in the developing world. Jessica Denton was 34 years-old and pregnant when she felt a

Listeria Outbreak Kills 13 in US

U.S. health authorities say a nationwide outbreak of the food-borne disease, listeria, has killed 13 people.  During the past two months, the deadly bacterium has sickened a total of 72 people who ate contaminated cantaloupe melons. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the outbreak is the worst of its kind in the United

Experts Stress Use of Vaccines in Controlling Chronic Disease

Health experts at the recent U.N. General Assembly in New York focused attention on new ways to combat the rise of non-communicable diseases, or NCDs, including some caused by infectious diseases that could be prevented with vaccines. That connection adds new urgency to the worldwide drive to immunize. Every 20 seconds, a child dies of

Liberia Enforces Public Smoking Ban

Liberia has begun implementing legislation passed in 2008 that prohibits smoking in buses, restaurants, workplaces, and other public places. The ban also prohibits those under the age of 18 from buying or using tobacco products. The ban is part of efforts to check increased rates of tobacco use and the attendant health concerns and costs.

Research Group Has High Hopes for New TB Vaccine

Physicians have long known that the so-called “BCG” vaccine for tuberculosis does not provide the same level of protection against the disease in all parts of the world.  Some also say the vaccine’s effectiveness has been declining since its development in the 1920s, and that it protects against only certain kinds of TB infections.  Now,

Spies Probe the Mental State of Foreign Leaders Pt II

When world leaders speak publicly, as many will do at the U.N. General Assembly, the CIA will be poring over not only what they say, but how they say it.  Intelligence agencies devote considerable resources to ferreting out not only the physical well-being of presidents and prime ministers but their mental health as well.  The

Spies Track Physical Illnesses of Foreign Leaders

In democracy or dictatorship, there may be no secret more closely guarded than the health of the country’s leader.  So when world leaders gather for an event like the U.N. General Assembly, intelligence agencies closely watch presidents and prime ministers for any clues as to their true medical conditions. An ill-timed cough or sudden fever