Health

Indian minister wants compulsory prenatal sex tests

India's children's minister has called for mandatory tests to determine the sex of an unborn child to try to counter high levels of female foeticide, sparking fierce criticism Tuesday from women's activists.

Overweight & Obesity

Does urban living make us gain (or lose) weight?

The citizens of Lausanne may provide some insight into the causes of obesity. The extra weight carried by people living in the working-class neighborhoods of the western side of the city defies the usual explanations, and ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Hip osteoarthritis may not appear on X-ray

In the majority of cases, hip x-rays are not reliable for diagnosing hip osteoarthritis (OA), and can delay the treatment of this debilitating disease.

Health

How long can humans survive without food or water?

Rita Chretien, a Canadian woman survived being stranded inside a vehicle in Nevada for 48 days, by eating only some trail mix and candy, and drinking water from a stream. Apparently, she and her husband were following their ...

Health

Good medicine left on the shelf?

A controversial new paper by James Cook University scientist claims many useful new treatments are being left on the shelf by medical researchers.

Health

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years: UN

Deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes have fallen by almost half across the world in the past quarter century, but only nine countries have achieved the targets set by the UN, a report by UN agencies and the World ...

Other

New guidelines aim to enhance accuracy of medical tests

Seeking to improve the reliability of medical testing, an international team of top experts is releasing new guidelines for doctors and scientists on how to best report their assessments of new and existing diagnostic tests.

Surgery

Researcher contributes to study on safety of anesthesia

An international team of researchers that includes a pediatric anesthesiologist from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado is reporting that limited use of general anesthesia with ...

Cancer

Lack of referrals for suspected cancer leads to more deaths

Deaths are higher in cancer patients whose GPs do not regularly send patients through the two-week urgent referral route for suspected cancer, according to a Cancer Research UK and National Institute for Health Research-funded ...

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