Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can you die from a common cold?

Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918—more than were killed in the first world war. But what about the common cold? Can you really catch your death?

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Explainer: The virus behind China's pneumonia outbreak

Since late last year, people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have been infected with a viral pneumonia whose cause was unknown. The outbreak raised the specter of another SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds in 2002 ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Philippines probing possible case of Chinese virus

The Philippines was probing on Tuesday its potential first case of the SARS-like virus that has infected hundreds in China, health authorities said.