Body And Soul

  • Dealing with Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a medical condition of which, in 90 percent of cases, the cause is unknown . Scoliosis can happen to anyone, including toddlers.
  • Personalized breast cancer treatment has saved millions: Experts

    In just three decades, the once monolithic approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer has become more personalized and less intrusive -- a transformation that likely saved millions of lives, experts say.

  • Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo

    Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease — good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk.

  • UN strikes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries

    The World Health Organization says polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.

  • Thai temple fights drug addiction with horses and boxing

    Every morning in Thailand's far north, a convoy of orange-robed Buddhist monks and novices riding on horseback leave their mountain-top temple in the kingdom's notorious Golden Triangle region to collect alms.

  • Malaria deaths fall 60 percent since 2000: UN

    Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the UN said, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease.

  • Saudi bans hajj camel slaughter

    Saudi Arabia on Friday banned the slaughter of camels during this year's hajj pilgrimage, after a surge in deaths from the MERS virus linked to the animals.

  • Low heart rate in teen boys linked to violent crime

    Boys with a low resting heart rate in their late teens run a higher risk of turning to a life of violent crime when grown, a study out Wednesday suggests.

  • Implant captures cancer cells: Study

    Scientists in the United States said Tuesday they had created a tiny implant which, in mice for now, captures cancer cells spreading through the body.

  • Killer T-cell therapy shows promise against leukemia

    A cancer-killing therapy that engineers a patient's own immune cells to wipe out chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has shown long-term success in a handful of people, a US study said Wednesday.

  • People who lack sleep are more likely to catch colds

    People who do not get enough sleep are four times more likely than their well-rested counterparts to catch a cold, US researchers said Monday.

  • Blood test could predict breast cancer's return: study

    An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday.

  • Gene study confirms low Vitamin D, multiple sclerosis link

    A major genetic study Tuesday confirmed a link between low vitamin D and a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, a finding which experts say could lead to better treatment and prevention.

  • Dementia may be stabilising in some countries: study

    The occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease may have stabilised in some wealthy nations, according to a study released Friday.

  • Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage

    MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, forcing the closure of a major hospital's emergency ward in Riyadh and killing three people, officials and the press said.

  • Working longer hours increases stroke risk by up to 33%: study

    Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a one third greater risk of stroke compared to a 35-40 hour work week, according to research published Thursday.

  • Doctors should prescribe e-cigarettes to smokers: UK

    E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers to help them quit the habit, British public health experts recommended in a study on Wednesday.

  • US regulators approve 'female Viagra'

    US regulators Tuesday approved the first "female Viagra," a drug known as Addyi that works on the brain to boost younger women's libido if they have lost interest in sex.

  • 'Fake weed' triggers US-wide alarm

    It goes by many names -- K2, Spice, Bizarro, Scooby Snax, Kryp2nite and Stoopid, to name but a few -- and it's setting off alarm bells across the United States.

  • Obesity emerges as major health threat in South Korea

    Korean men in their 20s and 30s mark the high-prevalence group

  • Music eases pain after surgery: study

    Listening to music before, after and even during surgery reduces anxiety and the need for painkillers, according to a comprehensive study published Wednesday.