Health

Hong Kong scientists claim antiviral breakthrough

Researchers say 'AM580' chemical could one day be used as broad-spectrum antiviral for host of infectious diseases.

Scientists in Hong Kong claim antiviral breakthrough

Health

Thousands of New Zealand doctors strike over pay, work conditions

Over 3,300 government-employed junior doctors, of a national tally of 3,700, stay away from hospitals and clinics.

Thousands of New Zealand doctors strike over pay, work conditions

Drugs

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

Opioid overdose has become the fifth most probable reason for preventable death, according to a new report.

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

US & Canada

New York mayor guarantees comprehensive healthcare to all

City's mayor extends the right to medical care to all people, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status.

Inside Story

Does social media use cause depression?

A new study says teenage girls are more likely to be depressed due to internet than boys.

US & Canada

US poor and minority areas turning into 'pharmacy deserts'

Pharmacies are closing in what they consider unprofitable poor and minority neighbourhoods in the US, often times depriving residents of access to medicine, counselling and local clinics.

Europe

Cancer-detecting breath test being trialled in UK

The device is designed to pick up early signs of the disease quickly and painlessly, could save thousands of lives.

Asia Pacific

Fears grow as measles running rampant in southern Thailand

Amid deep-rooted vaccination fears, curable disease makes forceful reappearance with thousands of cases and 22 deaths.

Fears grow as measles running rampant in southern Thailand

Latin America

Peru chefs turning scraps into meals

Palmiro Ocampo has cooked for some of the top restaurants in the world, but now, he is teaching cooks in Peru to make cheaper and healthier meals by wasting less food.

Latin America

Bolivia bionic teen making prosthetics for others

'People who have lost a hand often hide it, cover it up, they don't want to show it.'

Europe

Greece’s public healthcare near crisis point over shortages

How a shortage of staff and medical equipment is crippling Greece's public health system.

Asia Pacific

Thailand legislature legalises medical cannabis and kratom

Changes legalise production, import, export, possession and use of cannabis and kratom products for medical purposes.

Thailand legislature legalises medical cannabis and kratom

Europe

Why is Germany taking a bite out of unhealthy eating?

The German government pushing food industry to cut sugar, salt and fat levels by up to 20 percent over the next decade.

Lebanon

Boy, 3, dies after Lebanese 'clinics refuse care'

Child's mother says the three hospitals gave different pretexts for denying the family help.

Lebanon: Palestinian boy, 3, dies after 'hospitals refuse care'

Ebola

Voting will take place in DR Congo's Ebola-hit region: official

Election officials and health ministry prepare extra measures to limit risk of virus spreading on December 30.

Voting will take place in DR Congo's Ebola-hit region: official