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Health

Peru: UN health agency helps respond to outbreak of plague

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working with authorities in Peru to investigate and respond to an outbreak of plague in the northwest of the Andean country.

Women's cholesterol levels vary with phase of menstrual cycle

National Institutes of Health researchers have shown that women's cholesterol levels correspond with monthly changes in estrogen levels. This natural variation, they suggest, might indicate a need to take into account the phases of a woman's monthly...

UN health agency declares H1N1 pandemic is over

The United Nations health agency today declared an end to the H1N1 pandemic but urged continued vigilance, cautioning that pandemics, like the viruses that cause them, are unpredictable.

IRAQ: Wheat rust infection fears

More than a tenth of Iraq's 2009-2010 wheat crop has been infected by a killer fungus, according to authorities.

Shrimp On Prozac Are None Too Cheerful

Think about all the bottles in your medicine cabinet — things you take every day, like aspirin, antihistamines, prescription drugs. What happens to those medications once they leave your body?

NIH Seeks to Break New Ground in Reducing Health Disparities

The National Institutes of Health today launched a multidisciplinary network of experts who will explore new approaches to understanding the origins of health disparities, or differences in the burden of disease among population groups. Using state-of...

Tourists to Bali warned of rabies

The Indonesian tourist island of Bali is in the grip of a serious outbreak of rabies.

WHO responds to health needs in Pakistan floods

The worst floods on record in Pakistan are placing the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with a high threat of waterborne disease outbreaks and immense damage to health facilities. WHO is coordinating the response of health partners...

Analysis: HIV generics under threat from tighter patenting rules

Most of the estimated 5.2 million people worldwide on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment are taking generic versions manufactured primarily in India, but tighter global intellectual property rights and trade rules could shut down "the pharmacy of the...

Itchy, Scaly Skin?

The thick, red, scaly skin of psoriasis can be not only painful but also embarrassing. You may have it or know someone who does. Psoriasis affects more than 3% of the U.S. population. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. It's a good time to learn...