Health

French MPs okay budget for medical marijuana experiments

Lawmakers in France, one of few European countries to still ban medical cannabis use, approved the budget Friday for two years of patient experiments that advocates hope will pave the way for a change in the law.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How to stay healthy this flu season

About 40 million people contracted the flu last year, with hundreds of thousands hospitalized and 35,400 to 61,000 deaths, including 134 children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medications

If a medicine is too expensive, should a hospital make its own?

When Marleen Kemper was a child, she watched two of her primary-school classmates get ill. One had a brain tumor, and the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them died. Kemper was around ten at the time, and ...

HIV & AIDS

How preschools can do more to support children living with HIV

Thanks to antiretroviral therapy, children living with HIV are likely to live much longer than they would without treatment. They will go to school like other children and develop in much the same way. But how much do their ...

Cardiology

Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat?

Should we screen people for irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation, or AF for short) in an effort to prevent strokes? Experts debate the issue in The BMJ today.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Patients in Northwest measles outbreak traveled to Hawaii

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness traveled to Hawaii and central Oregon after being exposed.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why Ebola is proving hard to beat in the DRC

Nearly this time exactly two years ago I wrote about the latest positive results showing – for the first time – that a vaccine against one of the world's scariest viruses, Ebola, could work. I was writing after the epidemic ...

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