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18 labs may have received live anthrax samples: US officials

A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped from Dugway Proving Grounds, pictured, a Defense Department laboratory in Utah, where the samples were irradiated and supposedly rendered "dead"A total of 18 laboratories may have accidentally received live samples of anthrax shipped out by the American military, US authorities said. The 17 other laboratories, including one at the US Osan Air Force Base in South Korea, received samples from the same batch and are therefore likely to also be live, the Pentagon and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. The samples "are being carefully transferred to the CDC" in Atlanta, Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the agency, told AFP.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 1:29 am

Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Thursday revived a controversial bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year. The bill, which is being fought by numerous religious and medical organizations, was approved by the state Senate appropriations committee days after the powerful California Medical Association dropped its opposition to the bill. “We are one step closer to ensuring Californians have access to all options when they are facing the end of life,” said Senator Lois Wolk, a Democrat who co-authored the bill.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 1:24 am

South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at 7; one suspected patient heads to China

Handout transmission electron micrograph shows the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirusSouth Korea's tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China. A rise in MERS cases has stirred alarm in South Korea, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients. Two new victims are believed to have caught the virus from the first case confirmed last week, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to Bahrain in April and May, and returned to South Korea via Qatar.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:45 am

CSI Pleistocene: Scientists Discover Earliest Evidence of Murder in Human History

CSI Pleistocene: Scientists Discover Earliest Evidence of Murder in Human HistoryScientists turned detectives have uncovered the earliest known evidence of a murder in human history, according to a new paper. The researchers made the find while working at the Sima de Los Huesos, which translates to the "Pit of Bones," in the Atapuerca Mountains in Spain.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:20 am

Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule ‘unworkable’

FILE - In this May 18, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the American Federation For Children in New Orleans. Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is “unworkable.’ (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 11:21 pm

Teen Softball Player Dies Days After Having Brain Aneurysm

Dana Housley, 15, reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:59 pm

CDC: 150 possibly had contact with Lassa fever victim

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal and state health officials have identified more than 150 people who possibly had contact with a patient who died of Lassa fever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:26 pm

The Whole "Dad Bod" Thing

Have you heard the term “dad bod”? I had heard rumblings but I looked into it further when Kaitlyn Bristowe (the latest Bachelorette) remarked to my beloved People magazine that she didn’t want a mate with the “dad bod”. Even as someone who feel looks matter and fitness definitely matters my “uh oh antennae” activated.OK so first this “dad bod”…

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:17 pm

Demi Lovato is the face of mental health in new campaign

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2015, file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at RocNation Offices in Beverly Hills, Calif. Lovato is sharing her personal story and encouraging others to do the same through Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health, an initiative launched Thursday, May 28, 2015, by a pharmaceutical company, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental-health advocacy groups. Its aim is to improve treatment options at all levels and erase the stigma around mental illnesses. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was actually relieved.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:06 pm

Heron’s nausea drug meets goal in late-stage trial, shares soar

Between 1990 and 2013, the proportion of deaths caused by cancer increased from 12% to 15%, research shows(Reuters) – Heron Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) met its main goal in a late-stage trial. The company, whose shares were up 41 percent in extended trading, said it expects to resubmit a marketing application for the drug to the U.S. FDA in mid-2015. The company had filed for marketing application for Sustol twice but the FDA had sought additional data.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 9:47 pm

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

Get the latest health news and wellbeing advice from the Telegraph, including family health, diet and fitness.

‘Hippie crack’ banned: ministers outlaw young people’s favourite party drug

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, will be outlawed as a recreational drug under new legislation also targeting “legal highs”

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 2:00 am

Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

Elderly people will be treated like second-class citizens and denied medical care under new targets which give priority to saving the lives of young people

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 11:01 pm

It’s hard to grow old gracefully when you’re not George Clooney

Celebrity’s leading man may not need any touch-ups, but the rest of us could do with a helping hand

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 6:05 am

‘I lost most of my face in a car fire. I looked just like Voldemort’

Five years ago, Bethan Hughes, 31, suffered 60 per cent burns in a horrific accident. She tells Radhika Sanghani what it was like being frightened of her own reflection – and how skin camouflage make-up has changed her life

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 6:00 am

Doctors admit diagnosis of dying teenager was wrong

Medics agree to continue cleaning special drain helping keep terminally ill 18-year-old alive in short term in High Court hearing

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:10 pm

Don’t drink more than four coffees a day, EU warns

The EU food safety agency says that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day could be harmful to health

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 4:41 pm

Blanket ban on ‘legal highs’ will see dealers face seven years in jail

Queens Speech: Psychoactive Substances Bill to stop proliferation of drugs that have been blamed for dozens of deaths

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:56 pm

World’s weirdest X-rays

The world’s weirdest X-rays reveal a wide range of strange objects

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 10:55 am

What would the world look like if men had periods?

As part of a WaterAid campaign, a series of videos predict a world in which men experience periods, from aggressively masculine tampon adverts to water-cooler banter

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 9:16 am

Contraception: Can you really die from taking the pill?

A young woman’s family has claimed she died after taking the contraceptive pill. Radhika Sanghani speaks to experts about the risks – and what women need to know about avoiding potentially dangerous blood clots

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 9:00 am

BBC News – Health

Sleep training ‘can reduce prejudice’

Levels of unconscious racist and sexist bias have been reduced by manipulating the way the brain learns during sleep.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 1:48 am

Smoking ban ‘cuts child illness’

The ban on smoking in public places – which came into force in 2007 in England – has cut child hospital admissions by some 11,000 a year, research suggests.

Posted on 29 May 2015 | 12:06 am

Sugar warning over fruit snacks

Many supposedly “healthy” fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than a bag of sweets, says campaign group Action on Sugar.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 11:02 pm

Concern over Mers spread in S Korea

Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man defied quarantine to travel to China.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 6:21 pm

Food bug ‘found in 73% of chickens’

Nearly three-quarters of fresh shop-bought chickens test positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in year-long study.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 5:18 pm

Rise in ‘dog bite’ hospital admissions

The number of people taken to hospital after attacks by dogs – and other animals including rats, cats and foxes – has risen by 76% in the past decade, new figures show.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 3:42 pm

Pocket optician ‘good as eye charts’

A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician’s clinic, a trial suggests.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 3:35 pm

Can Uganda end its Aids epidemic?

Can Uganda stop the epidemic?

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 2:34 pm

Bacteria ‘sense diabetes and cancer’

Scientists can transform bacteria into tiny living computers capable of detecting diabetes and cancer, early studies suggest.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 12:56 pm

VIDEO: ‘Diblings’ – the siblings created through donors

Being a ‘dibling’ – a child biologically connected through egg or sperm donation, can lead to a large family of half brothers and sisters, as the Victoria Derbyshire programme finds out.

Posted on 28 May 2015 | 10:50 am