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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.
  • Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

    Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.

  • Health minister: Brazil is 'losing battle' against mosquito

    Brazil's health minister says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects — but he also says the war is already being lost.

  • In Bali, balancing mind and body through Qi Gong

    It was a breezy afternoon when I stepped out of my villa at wellness resort COMO Shambala Estate in Ubud, Bali and walked past the lush green amphitheater to the top of the hill where Ojas, a spa center, is located.

  • Sabah Fatwa Council forbids Muslims from vaping

    The Sabah Fatwa Council has forbidden Muslims in the state from smoking e-cigarettes or vaping, and shisha on health grounds.

  • The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies at age 112

    The world's oldest man, a Japanese who died at the age of 112, said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it.

  • Jamaica advises women to delay pregnancy due to Zika virus

    Jamaica's health minister is advising women to delay plans to become pregnant for the next six to 12 months due to the mosquito-borne Zika virJamaica's health minister is advising women to delay plans to become pregnant for the next six to 12 months due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.us.

  • Study questions link between teen pot smoking and IQ decline

    A new analysis is challenging the idea that smoking marijuana during adolescence can lead to declines in intelligence.

  • Cambodian leader in Singapore hospital for checkup

    Cambodia's leader has gone to Singapore for an annual medical checkup, but has pointed out that this doesn't mean he doesn't trust the Cambodian health care system.

  • Cancer doctor thanks Bowie for helping people face death

    A British doctor who works with terminally ill people has thanked David Bowie for helping open up a conversation about death.

  • Chinese netizens embrace eight-year-old US boy who has rare cancer

    Internet users in China and across the world are helping an 8-year-old boy with cancer realize his dream of being famous.

  • Dengue cases hit new high in Singapore

    Dengue cases reached a new high of 554 in the week between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9, the latest figures published on the National Environment Agency (NEA) website showed.

  • Guinea declared free of Ebola, step to end spread of disease

    The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak over in Guinea Tuesday, a huge step in the fight against the world's largest epidemic and the first time there are no known cases anywhere since the virus emerged in Guinea two years ago.

  • Chinese medicinal herbs provide niche market for US farmers

    Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.

  • Malaysia's Fatwa Council declares electronic cigarettes as 'haram'

    Malaysia's National Fatwa Council has declared the use of electronic cigarettes as "haram" or forbidden for Muslims.

  • FDA eases restrictions on blood donations from gay men

    The nation's three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can give blood.

  • Study: Some cardiac arrest victims ignore warning symptoms

    Sudden cardiac arrest may not always be so sudden: New research suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse.

  • No designer babies, but gene editing summit urges caution


    A tool to edit human genes is nowhere near ready to use for pregnancy, but altering early embryos as part of careful laboratory research should be allowed as scientists and society continue to grapple with the ethical questions surrounding this revolutionary technology, organizers of an international summit concluded Thursday.

  • Foreign HIV/AIDS patients on the rise in China

    More than 1,800 HIV/AIDS cases involving people from outside the Chinese mainland-mostly foreigners-were diagnosed between January and October, according to a top Chinese specialist.

  • Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing

    Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering — a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.

  • Lung cancer patients to number 800,000 per year by 2020

    China is expected to have more than 800,000 lung cancer patients diagnosed annually by 2020, with nearly 700,000 people dying from the disease each year, according to the latest forecast by medical experts.