Health - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Health AP Exclusive: Outgoing WHO head practiced art of appeasement LONDON (AP) — As the World Health Organization struggled to coordinate vaccine production during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, its director-general met with Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, during an official visit to Moscow. Dr. Margaret Chan commended Russia's public health achievements and asked if the country might be willing to make a che... Tue, 23 May 2017 09:45:00 GMT 2017-05-23T09:45:00Z The Latest: US 'disappointed' Taiwan not at WHO assembly GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump's top health official says the United States is "disappointed" that Taiwan wasn't invited to the World Health Organization's most important annual meeting. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:03:00Z Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from the country's austerity-battered hospitals. Three hospitals, in the towns of Volos, Lamia and Larisa, were hit over the past two days. Intruders made off with equipment used in colonoscopy and gastroscopy, after brea... Mon, 22 May 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-05-22T15:49:00Z AP Exclusive: UN health agency slammed for high travel costs LONDON (AP) — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:58:00 GMT 2017-05-22T14:58:00Z Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health GENEVA (AP) — Taiwan's health minister on Monday accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization for the first time since 2008. Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung lashed out at China's actions, which Beijing said was taken because ... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:00:00Z AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS LONDON (AP) — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the top-tier presidential suite at the beach-... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:55:00 GMT 2017-05-22T09:55:00Z AP Exclusive: Strapped UN health agency spends big on travel LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. As the cash-strapped U.N. health agency pleads for more money to... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:23:00 GMT 2017-05-22T05:23:00Z China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly GENEVA (AP) — China's health minister has all but slammed the door on any more participation for Taiwan at the World Health Organization's annual assembly until the island's government accepts the "One China" principle. Health Minister Li Bin blamed the party of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, saying its refusal to accept the idea of a single China has ... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:03:00Z French AIDS drama earns best reviews yet at Cannes Film fest CANNES, France (AP) — "120 Beats Per Minute," a French AIDS drama with a full heart and a pounding rhythm, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday and quickly joined the shortlist of favorites for the festival's coveted Palme d'Or prize. Directed by Robin Campillo, the co-screenwriter of the Palme d'Or-winning film "The Class," the movie centers o... Sat, 20 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-20T15:51:00Z 3 vie for top WHO post in UN health agency election GENEVA (AP) — A British physician, an Ethiopian former health minister and a Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases are the three finalists vying for the top job at the World Health Organization in an election on Tuesday, aspiring to land a key U.N. post that confers great power to set worldwide medical priorities — and great responsibility as the world's go-to person... Sat, 20 May 2017 12:47:00 GMT 2017-05-20T12:47:00Z Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children MILAN (AP) — The Italian government on Friday made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending school up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it characterizes as misinformation about vaccines. The new measures followed an intense public debate over vaccines after a measles outbreak and political sniping over accusations that the populist 5-Star movement had emboldened anti... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:56:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:56:00Z Blind Woman Helping Heal Sick Guide Horse As a blind woman, Ann Edie has relied on her hip-high miniature horse for 14 years to guide her through life’s obstacles. So when Panda was the one needing... Fri, 19 May 2017 05:15:00 GMT 2017-05-19T05:15:00Z Pope embraces Huntington's afflicted in bid to end stigma VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its sufferers are often shunned and abandoned. One by one, Francis blessed and greeted each of the 150 pe... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:55:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:55:00Z New death in Venezuela puts toll at level of 2014 unrest SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Legions of national guardsmen and military helicopters began descending on a western Venezuela state Wednesday where an outbreak of looting and political violence left at least three people dead in as many days, raising the nationwide death toll in a wave of unrest to at least 43. Fifteen-year-old Jose Guerrero died in San ... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:46:00Z Vaccine May Cut HPV Oral Infections in Men The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:03:00Z Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic LONDON (AP) — Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study. The research tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used a website run by a group called Women on Web to get abortion pills. The Netherlands-based nonprofit provides advice an... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:32:00Z Today in History for May 16th Highlights of this day in history: President Andrew Johnson survives a key vote at his Senate trial after his impeachment; First Oscars are presented;... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:33:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:33:00Z Thieves steal vital diagnostic equipment from Greek hospital ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police are looking for thieves who stole vital medical diagnostic equipment worth some €400,000 ($438,000) from an Athens state cancer hospital. Police say seven pieces of machinery were taken early Monday. Hospital officials said much of the state-of-the-art equipment had been bought with the help of private donations, and that doctors would now ... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:23:00Z The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by cyberattack LONDON (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries on Friday (all times local): 4:50 a.m. Chinese state media say more than 29,000 institutions across China have been infected by the global "ransomware" cyberattack. Xinhua News Agency reports that by Saturday evening, 29,372 inst... Mon, 15 May 2017 04:26:00 GMT 2017-05-15T04:26:00Z Correction: Global Cyberattack story LONDON (AP) — In a story May 14 about the global "ransomware" cyberattack, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the researcher known as MalwareTech had redirected the attacks to his server. It was the server of the company he works for, not his personal server. A corrected version of the story is below: An alert researcher, cooperation helped st... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:24:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:24:00Z The Latest: Researcher who helped halt cyberattack applauded LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the global cyberattack (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Cybersecurity officials in Britain have applauded a young researcher for helping halt the global ransomware cyberattack. In a post on its website, Britain's National Cyber Security Center said that by registering a domain name that unexpec... Sun, 14 May 2017 01:31:00 GMT 2017-05-14T01:31:00Z Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users' files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded. The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in M... Sat, 13 May 2017 03:53:00 GMT 2017-05-13T03:53:00Z Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin played through hamstring and knee injuries that hampered him in the playoffs. Ovechkin said he felt something in his hamstring late in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and needed injections to numb the pain the rest of the way. A hit by Toronto's Nazem Kadri in Game 5 of the fi... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:57:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:57:00Z The Latest: FedEx confirms it hit by malware attack NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on reported a global cyberattack (all times local): 5:05 p.m. FedEx Corp. is confirming that it is suffering a malware attack. A statement from the delivery company Friday said its Windows-based systems were "experiencing interference" due to malware and that it was trying to fix the issue as quickly as possible. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:07:00Z Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases, including 3 deaths KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — One person has been confirmed dead from Ebola in an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo as health authorities look into a total of nine suspected cases, including two other deaths, the country's health minister and the World Health Organization said Friday. One case of the hemorrhagic fever was confirmed out of the five te... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:27:00Z Former Gymnast Testifies Doctor Assaulted Her A former gymnast testified Friday that she turned to a prominent Michigan sports doctor for treatment of back problems but instead was repeatedly molested... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:25:00Z World cyberattack cripples UK hospitals, demands ransoms LONDON (AP) — Britain's health service was hit Friday by a huge international cyberattack that froze computers at hospitals across the country — an attack that shut down wards, closed emergency rooms and brought medical treatments to a screeching halt. Hospitals in areas across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. M... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:10:00Z Gunman Kills 3 at Ohio Nursing Home A gunman fatally shot the police chief of an Ohio village and two nursing home employees Friday, and the suspected gunman was also found dead, a sheriff... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:08:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:08:00Z Dutch court rules 12-year-old boy can refuse chemotherapy THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A judge in the Netherlands has ruled that a 12-year-old boy does not have to undergo chemotherapy if he does not want it. The ruling Friday came after the boy's father asked a judge to order the treatment. The mother of the boy supported her son in his opposition to the chemotherapy. The court in Alkmaar sa... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:32:00 GMT 2017-05-12T09:32:00Z How Charlie Hunnam talked his way into being King Arthur Actor Charlie Hunnam convinced director Guy Ritchie to cast him in his 'King Arthur' movie over a long conversation about medical marijuana. He also talks... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:30:00Z