July 9, 2012 Scientists have found enterovirus 71 in samples taken from children sickened in Cambodia. The virus can cause hand, foot and mouth disease. Symptoms of that illness are consistent with those reported in an outbreak that has been seen since April.
July 5, 2012 Cambodian health authorities say the majority of the ailment's victims have been under 7. They suffered high fevers, followed by severe respiratory problems, and in some cases neurological symptoms.
June 26, 2012 The global death toll from the swine flu pandemic may have been 15 times larger than previous estimates. Researchers tried to fill in gaps in places around the world where statistics on the illness were harder to come by.
June 21, 2012 Here's a hint: Compare the number of scientific papers on a disease with the number of people affected by the illness. There's lots of research on diabetes and not so much on elephantiasis.
June 15, 2012 An international team of researchers based in the U.K. say they've taken a big step forward in tracking the malaria parasite's evolution and predicting hotspots of potential resistance.
June 13, 2012 French researchers report in a new paper that a reconstructive surgery they used to try to repair the genitalia of women circumcised at a young age has helped many of them experience sexual pleasure one year after the surgery.
June 6, 2012 More than 10 percent of the new cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in China each year are resistant to the mainstay drugs used to treat the illness. The sobering findings come from the first national survey of the disease conducted there.
June 4, 2012 Among advocates for improving sanitation through better toilet access, the only question is whether to play it straight or joke about the john. Pretty much everyone seems to give in to humor.
June 1, 2012 The wealthiest parts of the globe account for about 40 percent of cancer cases, yet have only 15 percent of the world's population. By 2030, cases of cancer will have risen in all countries, but those in the middle stages of development today can expect the biggest changes.
May 24, 2012 Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only three countries left where poliovirus remains endemic. But work to put the paralyzing virus on the ropes there is in danger of failing. The setbacks have spurred a renewed focus on defeating the disease.
May 22, 2012 From 20 to 42 percent of the malaria medicines examined in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa were crummy or counterfeit. The poor quality of the medicines threatens people's health and raises the odds for drug-resistant disease.
May 15, 2012 Has the massive amount the United States has to treat people with HIV in poor countries crowded out prevention and treatment of other diseases? An analysis of health data from nine countries in Africa suggests that's not the case.
April 24, 2012 KHNChances are your domestic health plan won't pick up the tab for medical care overseas, and it almost certainly won't cover you if you're seriously hurt and need to be evacuated by air to a medical facility. Even special polices to help overseas may not be enough if you engage in risky adventures.
April 17, 2012 The campaign "will prevent 20,000 to 50,000 deaths among children in Haiti over the next decade," Dr. Thomas Frieden says at the end of a two-day trip to the nation.
April 17, 2012 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to show her support for two big vaccination initiatives in Haiti, including one against cholera. Previously, U.S. health officials were cool to the cholera pilot project .