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.