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New Delhi's Air Is Now So Toxic, Schools Are Closing And Expats Are Fleeing

This is unprecedented.<p>The Indian government has declared a national emergency, as air pollution in its capital, New Delhi, has reached levels more …

Pollution

Twitter Chat With Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg On Fighting Preventable Deaths

Today, August 25th at 10a.m. ET, Michael R. Bloomberg (@MichaelBloomberg) will host a twitter chat focusing on strategies to prevent noncommunicable diseases. The philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York will function in his new role as Global Ambassador for …

How Mylan And Pfizer Could Cause A Major Biotech Backlash

You know you’re in the middle of a crisis when Martin Shkreli defends your pharmaceutical company’s price hikes.<p>That’s exactly what happened to Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan Inc., when Martin Shkreli appeared on CNBC to affirm the legitimacy of the $600 price for an EpiPen, an emergency treatment …

AI And The Future Of Smartphones

Artificial intelligence (AI) was once a science fiction dream, but today’s technology brings it ever closer to reality. And, unlike those science fiction movies where AI resided in life-like android bodies, it may soon fit neatly in our pockets. Through advances in areas such as deep learning and …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitter is a key player in the fight against ISIS

In an announcement on Thursday, Twitter said that since February, it has suspended 235,000 accounts that it determined are linked to violent extremist groups like the self-described Islamic State militant group.<p>That brings the total number of accounts it has suspended since mid-2015 to 360,000.<p>In …

Social Media

Anita Krajnc was arrested last year after she provided water to pigs en route to the slaughter. Her lawyers hope to demonstrate farm animals’ living conditions<p>Lawyers for a Canadian animal rights activist set to go on trial for giving water to pigs on a hot day plan to bring virtual reality …

Pigs

Woman, 62, has a baby and everyone else has an opinion

On the face of it, and in theory, 62 might be a touch too old to give birth to a child; for that reason the questions being raised by the case of a …

Why I called out a 62-year-old's decision to have a child as selfish and wrong

This must not be narrowly viewed as a women's rights issue. Nor is it about ageism.<p>As a community, we need to consider the rights of the child, the …

Drug-free IVF could be cheaper and faster way to get pregnant

Finally, a breakthrough for cheaper, faster, drug-free IVF.<p>Conventional IVF usually involves taking hormone injections for around 10 days, to …

Driverless pods will be on the roads of Singapore by the end of the year

Futuristic-looking driverless pods will be on the roads of Singapore by the end of the year.<p>Families will use the cars to drive to school and work - and will not need to use the steering wheel.<p>The pods, which run on electricity, are able to travel autonomously on smaller roads, such as those within …

Wearable patch predicts patients’ next heart attack before it happens

The problem with doctors is you only see them after you’re sick. Prevention is preferable.<p>A new generation of wearable sensors is finally living up to that promise by letting patients get constant, personalized care wherever they go. The convergence of several innovations—small, efficient …

Medical Technology

Medical experts hope surgery live-streamed in VR will make healthcare fairer and boost training<p>Stretched out on a table in a large, bright operating theatre at the Royal London hospital, a patient is awaiting Shafi Ahmed’s first incision in a procedure that will remove cancerous tissue from his …

Virtual Reality

We exist in a sea of radiofrequency radiation never before seen in human history. Are we lab rats in an experiment with no controls?<p>Do mobile phones cause brain cancer?<p>This has been an ongoing debate for decades, but whenever someone asks this question, it’s usually met with scepticism and the …

Al Gore

Harambe the Gorilla Is Dead. Get Over It.

Three months after a Cincinnati Zoo official shot and killed a gorilla named Harambe to save the life of a young boy who had fallen into the …

Dispatcher: 'Gunshots closer, multiple people screaming'

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police dispatchers heard repeated gunfire, screaming and moaning from patrons of the Pulse nightclub who called to report that …

India Students Rally Over Free Speech Crackdown

A crackdown on dissent and free speech at universities has brought him and hundreds of others to a protest march in the capital, New Delhi.<p>It comes …

Meet the Mom Who Helped Expose Flint's Toxic Water Nightmare

On a chilly evening last March in Flint, Michigan, LeeAnne Walters was getting ready for bed when she heard her daughter shriek from the bathroom of …

UK reports Zika cases as El Salvador urged to lift abortion ban over virus risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three British travelers have been infected with the Zika virus, health officials revealed this week.<p>"As of January 2016, three cases associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana have been diagnosed in UK travelers," Public Health England said on its website.<p>The government agency …

Bill Gates and UK government pledge $4 billion to combat malaria

New fund will support research on infectious disease that killed more than 400,000 people last year<p>Bill Gates and British Chancellor George Osborne have pledged £3 billion ($4.3 billion) to eradicate malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that killed an estimated 438,000 people last year. Gates and …

How the War in Ukraine Is Causing a Rise in HIV Infections

Ukraine's drug addicts have always been at risk for deadly diseases, but the precarious economic situation and the war has only increased the danger of contagion.<p><i>This story appears in the UK's December issue of VICE magazine.</i><p>Anatoly sits on his bed watching television. He arrived in Krasnoarmiis'k …

Murray, Blumenthal, Shaheen, Hirono Lead Senate Dems in Calling for Family Planning Funding For Zika-Affected Countries and Pregnant Women

The Zika virus, which is borne by mosquitos, and transmitted sexually, has now been found all over the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the the Pacific Islands. There have also been travel-related cases in the U.S. Zika is a serious disease—one that has special import for …

What do you do when you have one of the rarest diseases around?

For most of her 13-year life, Hannah Manning was a mystery to her doctors. At age 2, she had her first seizure. At 4, she was diagnosed with autism. She developed cognitive deficits, muscle weakness, exercise intolerance, swallowing difficulties, a speech impediment, balance and coordination …

AstraZeneca wins FDA breakthrough status for key cancer drug | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted breakthrough therapy designation to AstraZeneca’s biggest new drug hope ‍durvalumab as a treatment in bladder cancer, the drugmaker said on Wednesday.<p>A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England May 19, …

Parents release heartbreaking image of girl, two, dying of meningitis as 400,000 sign vaccine petition

Hundreds of thousands back call for vaccine to be rolled out to all children after woman publishes photo of daughter in hospital before she died<p>More than 400,000 people have signed a petition calling for all children to be given a meningitis vaccine following the death of a two-year-old girl.<p>Faye …

Two Women in U.S. With the Zika Virus Had Abortions, They Didn’t Want a Potentially Disabled Baby

At least two unborn babies in the U.S. have been aborted because their mothers were infected with the Zika virus and concerned about possible birth …

Brain activity study reveals cannabis' effect on emotion processing

The complex biochemistry of cannabis and how it affects the brain is only beginning to be understood. Lucy Troup, assistant professor of psychology …

Happiness can break your heart, doctors warn

The lethal condition 'happy heart syndrome' can occur after a joyful event such as a surprise birthday party or the birth of a child<p>Celebrating a birthday may not seem like a dangerous pastime but too much happiness can be heartbreaking, according to doctors.<p>Health experts have known for some time …

Scientists find 'Achilles' heel' of cancer offering hope for most deadly cases

Even tumours which have spread throughout the body could be treated<p>The ‘Achilles’ heel’ of cancer has been discovered by scientists which could lead to treatments for hopeless cases where disease has spread throughout the body.<p>In a finding hailed as ‘groundbreaking,’ researchers found that all …

37 Arrested in Chinese Vaccine Scandal

Police in China have arrested 37 people in a brewing vaccine scandal that could be the country’s worst public health crisis since a tainted baby …

Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl

ZALYSHANY, Ukraine (AP) — Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest.<p>But the cash-strapped Ukrainian government canceled the local school lunch program for 350,000 children last year — the …