Although, the pursuit of happiness is a shared value in the United States, many cultures shy away from happiness, researchers say.
The U.S. government saved $15 million by using more sensitive tuberculosis tests so immigrants and refugees are treated before arriving, officials say.
Doctors in Sri Lanka say an "unknown plague" involving chronic kidney disease of unknown cause is putting families at risk and young people are migrating.
An increase in food prices changed dietary patterns of both high and low-income societies in past decades, parallel to an increase of cancer, an expert says.
A diet high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline in the elderly, researchers in Japan suggest.
The World Health Organization in Switzerland, in draft guidelines published Wednesday, said daily sugar consumption should be only 5 percent of total calories.
Most children interviewed in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia knew little about cigarette health warning labels, researchers say.
U.S. Air Force reservists were exposed to greater levels of dioxin from Agent Orange via military aircraft than previously acknowledged, researchers say.
An old, sprouting garlic bulb has more heart-healthy antioxidants than its fresher counterparts, U.S. researchers said.
In 2013, there 72 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide -- the lowest global total since 2009 when there were 67 attacks, U.S. researchers say.
More than 10,000 people were prosecuted in China between 2011 and 2013 for producing and selling substandard and poisonous food, authorities said.
Four people in two Chinese provinces have been confirmed as infected with H7N9 bird flu virus, authorities said.
The first case of H7N9 bird flu detected in Malaysia was a traveler from China who had developed symptoms before traveling, health officials say.
A top U.S. health official said concern is growing that India's pharmaceutical industry is affected by lapses in quality and safety.
More than 400 chickens sick with bird flu were destroyed in central Vietnam to contain the disease that has killed thousands of fowl this month, officials say.
A 3-year-old girl in Afghanistan has been diagnosed with the first case of polio in the country's capital in 13 years, the Afghan Health Ministry said.
Chinese health officials say H7N9 avian flu killed two more people, raising the number of human deaths from the disease to 25 so far this year.
The United States is safer if it works with countries to fight infectious diseases because nations are connected by food and drinking water, officials say.
Chinese health officials say H7N9 bird flu has killed 19 people in the country so far this year with the number of human infections up to 96.
People improve their performance more when they practice with a partner rather than on their own, British and Japanese researchers say.
China, facing rising human cases of the H7N9 avian flu, asked its municipalities and provinces to be on higher alert to control the disease.
Chinese health authorities reported the deaths of two men, including a doctor, from H7N9 avian flu in Shanghai.
Mentholatum is recalling several of its Rohto eye drop products over sterility control issues at its Vietnam manufacturing plant, officials say.
The Netherlands ranked No. 1 in the world for plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable food, while the United States tied for 21st with Japan, Oxfam says.
An Alberta resident who recently traveled to Beijing died of bird flu, but Canadian health officials say there is no risk of transmission between humans.
Switzerland leads a study of 34 nations for life expectancy at 82.8 years, followed by Japan at 82.7, Italy at 82.7, Spain at 82.7 and Iceland at 82.4.
Chickens showed symptoms of avian flu at a farm in a village in the province of Guizhou in China where 8,500 chickens died in December, officials say.
A hepatitis B vaccine has been ruled out in the deaths of nine children in China, a health official said.
The United States no longer leads the world in biomedical research; it fell from 51 percent in 2007 to 45 percent in 2012, but Asia spent more, researchers say.
Tripling cigarette taxes worldwide would cut the number of smokers by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century, Canadian researchers say.
Almost 14 percent of Australians take statins -- cholesterol-lowering medications -- while 13 percent of Britons and Slovakians take statins, researchers says.
An 80-year-old man was the first to die of avian flu H7N9 -- bird flu -- in Honk Kong, health officials say.
British researchers say brain connection reorganization begins earlier in girls and this may explain why girls mature faster than boys during their teen years.
The United States has one of the most advanced economies yet has one of the most inefficient healthcare systems, a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers found.
Worldwide, 14 million people developed cancer last year up from 12.7 million cases in 2008, the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Switzerland said.
A new strain of bird flu appears to retain its ability to cause serious disease even after it develops resistance to anti-viral drugs, U.S. researchers say.
By 2050, it is estimated there will be 135 million people living with dementia worldwide, up from 44 million today, a British non-profit group says.
At least two Kansas City children suffered from lead poisoning from a contaminated cosmetic used commonly in Myanmar, the city's Health Department said.
Oxytocin, the "bonding hormone" between mother and child, may also be the bonding hormone between husband and wife, researchers in Germany and China say.
Authorities in Hong Kong say more than 137,000 in the city have agreed to be organ donors following a government push to get more people to sign up.
The caffeine in a cup of coffee may help small blood vessels work better, but it isn't clear why, researchers in Japan say.
A mysterious fever that has popped up in Chennai, India, has left doctors puzzled as they try to figure out how to treat it.
One day after a journal said the polio outbreak in Syria could spread, health officials said 20 million children will be vaccinated in Syria and other nations.
For people who develop dementia, speaking more than one language tends to slow memory loss by as much as five years, compared to those who speak one language.
Supplementing the diet with magnesium, via magnesium threonate, helps maintain brain synapses in mice bred to mimic Alzheimer's, a researcher in China says.
British researchers say the myths of medical tourism -- that it is an increasing global market and governments can boost the numbers -- is not backed by data.
A form of Chinese meditation can help smokers reduce their craving for cigarettes even if they hadn't intended to, says a researcher in the United States.
Researchers in China say a species of Chinese bat was the cause of the 2002 SARS outbreak, during which an estimated 800 people died.
In response to recent outbreaks from Salmonella-contaminated spices, U.S. health officials completed a draft risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices.
The Chinese government, responding to a deadly influenza strain, said researchers have come up with a vaccine for H7N9 -- more commonly called the bird flu.
Incidence of breast cancer is increasing rapidly in the developing world, and survival rates are lower due to late diagnosis, researchers in Sweden say.
Countries should strengthen actions to eliminate lead paint, which causes as estimate 600,000 disabilities each year, U.N. health officials in New York say.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, part of the World Health Organization, says outdoor air pollution is carcinogenic to humans.
Blood pressure can be successfully controlled in up to 84 percent of cases, Chinese researchers say, but some 40 percent are unaware of their condition.
Japanese researchers say they developed a compound to suppress the formation of a protein believed to cause Alzheimer's disease.
A group of Chinese researchers has found chugging Sprite after a bout of heavy drinking could make for a shorter and less painful hangover.
New HIV infections among adults and children worldwide are estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33 percent reduction since 2001, U.N. officials say.
About 5,000 "extra" suicides occurred in 54 countries in 2009, after the Great Recession, researchers from universities in Hong Kong and England say.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday it prohibits manufacture of FDA-regulated drugs from Ranbaxy's Mohali, India, plant.
The happiest people in the world are in northern Europe, a survey by a U.N. organization says.
The leading causes of death of women age 50 and older worldwide are heart disease, stroke and cancer, officials at the World Health Organization in Geneva say.
A study of nearly 58,000 people finds high-dose statins -- cholesterol-lowering drugs -- appeared to prevent dementia in older people, U.S. researchers say.
A study involving men ages 66-97 found smokers who survive to age 70 still lose an average of four years of life, researchers in Britain say.
Marijuana is the top illegal drug used worldwide, but doctor-prescribed painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin are the deadliest, a U.S. researcher says.
The "What's in Your Mouth?" campaign on social media is to provide U.S. dental consumers, dentists and dental labs with help in making purchasing decisions.
A reduction in work hours does not necessarily mean happier employees, because employers often don't reduce the amount of work, a South Korean researcher says.
A study found doctors in several countries do not wash their hands properly 40 percent of the time, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
Four cups of coffee or tea a day may help prevent fatty liver in those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, U.S. and Singapore researchers say.
News stories of babies born weighing 13 pounds or more are common in the developed world, but experts say U.S. maternal obesity has long been an issue.
The H7N9 strain of avian influenza has spread to Guangdon province in southern China, health officials say.
A survey of more than 43,000 adults in China found 11 percent of people ages 20-39 are obese, an increase of 2 percentage points since 2010, officials say.
Yawning is contagious among people, and contagious among dogs and their owners, but not so much between a stranger and a dog, Japanese researchers say.
Uruguay, Latvia, Senegal and more than half of the world's countries have a right to public health and medical care, but not the United States, researchers say.
An AIDS expert said at a conference in Malaysia it is imperative to switch approaches to a public health perspective of prevention to stem the HIV spread.
More than 2 million people die worldwide each year as a direct result of human-caused outdoor air pollution, U.S. researchers say.
Many U.S. elite troops -- Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers -- who saw a good deal of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are struggling at home, experts say.
A toddler from South Korea who had a windpipe grown from her own stem cells implanted in April after being born without one has died, a U.S hospital says.
The World Health Organization said it organized emergency telephone meetings next week on the SARS-like virus, first recorded in Saudi Arabia.
Older patients become more frail, confused and dependent on others after they have been treated in a hospital, a researcher in Australia says.
Two men with longstanding HIV infections who had bone marrow transplants no longer need anti-retroviral therapy, U.S. researchers say.
Scenic Fruit Co. of Gresham, Ore., said it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases -- 61,092 8-ounce bags -- of Woodstock frozen organic pomegranate kernels.
Some teens in South Korea are exhibiting what is being described as "digital dementia," or deterioration of thinking and memory, a psychiatrist says.
Almost a third of the confirmed cases of bird flu in China are fatal and although the cases have ended, health officials say the virus may return in the fall.
Children raised by authoritarian parents -- described in the book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" -- are showing poorer mental health, U.S. researchers say.
About a third of all women worldwide will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
The odds of living to 100 are highest in Japan, and their high-vegetable low-meat diet may be why, some of the elderly say.
There is more evidence luncheon meat, hot dogs, hamburger, steak and pork increase the risk of type 2 diabetes over the long-term, U.S. researchers say.
HIV prevention programs for female sex workers in India reduce rates of other sexually transmitted diseases, University of Toronto researchers say.
Children in Japan who lick eyeballs risk an eye infection, eye experts say.
The Japanese government has recognized three longtime printing industry workers who contracted bile duct cancer on the job as workplace disaster victims.
The medication tenofovir, or Viread, taken once a day may prevent HIV transmission among injection drug users, U.S. researchers say.
Soccer players head the ball six to 12 times a game, and the cumulative damage from this can cause brain injury resembling concussion, U.S. researchers say.
All countries need healthcare workers to be aware of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
The cronut, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, is so popular people wait in line to buy it at a New York City bakery and some say its rarity adds to its tastiness.
The outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has left a total of 38 people dead in China, officials said.
Each year an estimated 287,000 women worldwide die giving birth and 3 million newborns do not survive the first 28 days of life, U.S. researchers say.
Since 1889 to 2004, IQ declined 14.1 points among those from Western nations, researchers in Europe say.
An international collaboration, like the effort that staved off the SARS virus 10 years ago is needed now, the head of the World Health Organization says.
The poorest countries in the world are lagging behind higher-income developing countries in meeting the demand for modern contraception, U.S. researchers say.
A woman's immunity stays younger longer and this may contribute to women living longer than men, researchers in Japan say.
More than 270,000 pedestrians die each year on the world's roads -- accounting for 22 percent of the 1.3 million traffic deaths, officials in Switzerland says.
The drop in H7N9 cases in China may be the result of containment measures reported by Chinese authorities or the changing seasons, or both, U.S. officials say.
The best country in the world to be a mother is Finland, the United States is No. 30, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is last, a non-profit group says.
Hundreds of millions of patients every year worldwide get healthcare-associated infections, but handwashing could prevent half of them, U.N. officials say.
Scientists searching for the source of the H7N9 influenza virus causing human infections in China said it appeared to originate in Shanghai poultry markets.
Parents are often advised to let a baby "cry it out" in a crib but Japanese researchers say to let babies cry and not pick them up goes against biology.
Experts from the World Health Organization say they are working with the China National Health and other agencies to help prevent further spread of avian flu.
The number of people killed in China by the rare H7N9 bird flu has risen to 10 among the 38 infected so far, health authorities said.
Nanjing has suspended trading of live poultry as China steps up efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly new strain of bird flu, officials say.
Reducing salt intake and increasing potassium would save millions of lives worldwide each year, World Heath Organization officials in Switzerland said.
Poultry markets in Shanghai were temporarily closed for public safety because of an H7N9 bird-flu outbreak that killed six people, officials said.
Four more people in China have been infected by a rare avian flu that has already killed two men and left a woman critically ill, officials said Wednesday.
Chinese health officials ruled out a rare avian flu strain blamed in the deaths of two men in Shanghai came from dead pigs found in a river in the city.
A rare strain of avian flu was blamed for the deaths of two men in Shanghai while a woman remained in critical condition from the virus, Chinese officials said.
A new diagnostic test that uses metabolomic analysis may be a safe and easy screening method to detect pancreatic cancer, researchers in Japan said.
Too much salt led to nearly 2.3 million heart-related deaths worldwide in 2010, U.S. researchers calculated.
Japan's government will embark on a program to boost the country's birthrate by encouraging citizens to get married and have children, a government source said.
Green tea or coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially if they are a regular part of your diet, researchers in Japan say.
Being happy is not a frivolous byproduct of a good day, it is an indicator of good health and should be taken seriously, U.S. researchers say.
Stroke patients or those with a transient ischemic attack who added Plavix to aspirin had less risk of a second stroke, U.S. and Chinese researchers say.
No matter how much money -- or how little money -- people have, they feel happier after they give to others than buy for themselves, Canadian researchers say.
A novel coronavirus -- a SARS-like virus -- killed a man in Britain and sickened two other members of his family, officials say.
With 12 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus -- a SARS-like virus -- officials of the World Health Organization in Switzerland encourage vigilance.
Experts say the treatment drug-resistant tuberculosis in India in not effective and may cause the disease to mutate into more deadly strains.
China's Health Ministry said Sunday two human cases of H5N1 bird flu in the southwestern city of Guiyang.
A mushroom extract from Japan may increase white blood cells and improve the antibody response to the influenza B vaccine, a researcher suggests.
U.S. scientists at the National Institutes of Health say their dengue vaccine is safe and stimulates a strong immune response in most recipients.
Evidence suggests the number of children born in India by surrogates for parents in England is well in excess of official figures, a researcher says.
The misuse of antibiotics decreased by 6 percent in China from 2008 to 2011, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences reported.
U.S. food experts remind New Year's revelers that researchers found eating asparagus may help guard against a hangover.
Some genomic regions are "hot" while other regions are "cold" -- but genes linked to autism have a particularly strong tendency to mutate, U.S. researchers say.
In the last 20 years, worldwide life expectancy rose, deaths due to cancer increased, and the U.S. life expectancy remained about the same, researchers say.
To commemorate World AIDS Day Saturday, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang publicly acknowledged the epidemic and pledged more support for HIV/AIDS organizations.
Large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup may be one of the factors for the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes, U.S. and British researchers suggest.
In 1988, the United States was ranked at the best place for a baby to be born, but today Switzerland is ranked No. 1 among 80 countries, researchers say.
Homework doesn't do much for math and science students' grades, though standardized test scores improve, U.S. researchers say they found.
An international report released by the Canadian Cancer Society ranked Australia for best cigarette package health warnings, officials say.
Requiring that medication made in Indonesia comply with Muslim dietary law will kill the pharmaceutical industry, the head of a state-owned company said Friday.
Scientists in China say evidence shows smoking increases the risk of age-related cataracts, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the world.
Average life expectancy in China will have grown by a year to 75.8 in 2015 compared to 2010, the government predicts.
Millions of people are alive worldwide today due to tuberculosis treatment and control, officials at the World Health Organization in Switzerland said.
Diabetic married women in South Korea say the stress of caring for their families was a factor in their contracting the disease, researchers say.
A U.S. researcher found a link between chocolate consumption and the number of Nobel Prizes per 10 million in population of a country.
A man who recently returned from Afghanistan has become the first person to die in Britain of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, doctors say.
Resveratrol, a substance in red wine, preserves the pain-relieving effect of morphine in rats that developed morphine tolerance, researchers in Taiwan say.
A U.S. and Chinese team of neuroscientists and chemists say they used two cancer drugs to "cure" fruit flies and rats with Alzheimer's disease.
A study of imperial court of the Korean Chosun dynasty -- A.D. 1392-1910 -- suggests testosterone may be the reason men live shorter lives, researchers say.
Cooking with a blend of sesame and rice bran oils may reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, researchers in Japan say.
Health Canada announced a recall Tuesday of a dangerous natural health drug imported from China because of its mercury, lead and arsenic levels.
The chemical properties of green tea affect the generation of brain cells, providing benefits for memory and spatial learning, researchers in China say.
Chinese officials say they are investigating reports of waste cooking oil, dubbed "gutter oil," being used in the manufacture of antibiotics.
The experience of war or combat is not typically what triggers the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, a Danish researcher says.
Chinese can expect to add more than two years to their lifespan, to an average of 77 years, by 2020, the Ministry of Health projects.
Twin 1-year-old boys in Malaysia are in stable condition after a team of surgeons spent 24 hours separating the conjoined siblings, their father said.
U.S. women -- with or without health insurance -- are more likely than women in other developed countries to go without healthcare due to cost, researchers say.
Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, consumed in the diet or vitamin supplements, may lower the risk of liver cancer, U.S. and Chinese researchers suggest.
A survey of Japanese fertility clinics found about 30 percent of information on sperm donors has been destroyed, officials said.
The global availability of the bladder cancer drug ImmuCyst is being assessed after its Toronto manufacturer had to stop production because of mold problems.
Products containing cranberry appear to be linked to preventing urinary tract infections in some people, researchers in Taiwan concluded.
Doctors close to the investigation tell CNN Wednesday the cause of an illness that killed more than 60 Cambodian children has been determined.
The World Health Organization said Monday it was finding a high incidence of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease among children in Cambodia.
An 8-year-old Indonesian girl has died from the H5N1 bird flu virus, health officials said Thursday.
Low levels of radioactive cesium were found in 141 infants and children in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, a study found.
A 24-year-old unmarried man in India complained of intense "exploding" headaches while watching pornography, researchers said.
More than half of the children and teens around the world worry about being bullied online, indicated a survey for Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash.
Researchers in India suggest pregnant women should be screened for thyroid dysfunction within the first three months of getting pregnant.
An international meta-analysis of smokers age 60 and older found it is never too late to quit tobacco, German researchers said.
An international health group said diesel exhaust is carcinogenic for humans and exposure to it is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer.
The incidence of cancer will grow by 75 percent by the year 2030 worldwide -- nearly doubling in some developing countries, a French research group said.
An estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs take place annually, World Health Organisation experts in Switzerland said.
An estimated 2,000 births by surrogate mothers took place in India last year, and experts say half of the babies went to Britain.
Ministers of health from 194 countries at the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, said they endorsed a landmark Global Vaccine Action Plan.
Funding shortages forced the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to scale back vaccination in 24 high-risk countries, officials meeting in Switzerland said.
The theme of the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is promoting health and dignity together, the Nigerian organizer said.
People living in Europe and Asia are most satisfied with their air and water quality, with Hong Kong the least, surveys of 140 countries indicated.
Norway ranks No. 1, Niger last, and the United States is No. 25 among 43 developed countries as the best places to be a mother, a children's charity said.
Researchers in South Korea say they are unlocking the secret to why black pepper fights fat.
The Indian health ministry Friday said it cannot ban the sale of chewing tobacco without consultation with the finance ministry over the likely implication of such a ban on tax revenues.
Tests on eight patients of tuberculosis in India have confirmed that the virus is resistant to all known drugs, a leading newspaper reported Thursday.
A member of an expedition to Mount Everest has died after he was airlifted from Kathmandu to an Indian defense hospital 1,600 km away after suffering high altitude sickness.
U.S. teens smoke the most marijuana in the world, have the highest mortality in the world and have high binge drinking rates, a worldwide study found.
Surveys in 146 countries found 45 percent of Bulgarians are "suffering," followed by 38 percent in Yemen and 35 percent in Armenia, Gallup reported.
Those who often use different types of media at the same time appear to be better at integrating information from multiple senses, Hong Kong researchers say.
Condoms, available for less than 2 U.S. cents in the Congo and Ethiopia, are making safe sex more accessible in developing countries, a non-profit group says.
Vitamin D-fortified doogh -- Persian yogurt drink -- improved inflammatory markers in type 2 diabetics, Iranian researchers found.
Pure alcohol consumption per capita -- age 15 and older -- worldwide in 2005 equaled almost 6.5 quarts, with Europe drinking the most, health officials said.
Six percent of the poorest one-fifth of the Chinese population said they could not afford enough food in 2001, down from 23 percent in 2008, a survey found.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he has committed an additional $220 million of his private funds to fight tobacco use around the world.
Lack of work flexibility, lack of career opportunities and low salaries are driving many to reconsider science and technology fields, a U.S. group said.
Glenmark Generics USA is voluntarily recalling seven lots of an oral contraceptives due to a packaging error, U.S. officials said.
Japanese researchers have developed a new method to measure arterial stiffness, a contributor to heart disease that has been difficult to assess.
Deaths from malaria have been on a downward trend for the past several years, U.S. researchers say.
Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease, threatens about 2.5 billion people -- more than 40 percent of the world's population -- a U.N. report said.
Criminals are circulating counterfeit and substandard drugs meant to control malaria, threatening millions of lives in Africa, scientists warn.
Owning a car and TV was associated with an increased risk of heart attack, in a study involving 29,000 people in 52 countries, a Swedish researcher says.
A study of malnutrition among Indian children found about four in 10 of those younger than 5 are underweight, a significant improvement over seven years ago.
The scores of ducks that died at a poultry farm were not victims of avian influenza, the South Korean Agriculture Ministry said Saturday.