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.
  • Born with no voice, low odds, boy talks with new voice box

    Grant Hasse was born with two very rare conditions—one that’s usually fatal, the other that should have left him unable to talk.

  • Health authorities: 3 new Ebola cases in Liberia

    Three new Ebola cases have been confirmed in Liberia, a health official said Friday, more than two months after the West African nation was declared Ebola-free for a second time.

  • Health sense: Pelvic organ displacement on the rise

    Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common condition experienced particularly by older women, and with a growing aging population, the number of cases will likely increase.

  • Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola transmissions

    The World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone free from Ebola transmissions on Saturday, as West Africa battles to stamp out the deadly virus that is holding on in neighboring Guinea.

  • Doctors find tapeworm larva in California man's brain

    A California man says he went to an emergency room with a terrible headache and nausea, slipped into a coma, and was told a tapeworm larva had been living in his brain when he woke up.

  • Cryotherapy use spreads, though it's unproven, unregulated

    From Japan to Europe and now in the U.S., a growing number of people are seeking cryotherapy — a treatment that subjects their bodies to temperatures far below those found anywhere on Earth.

  • FDA approves drug that uses herpes virus to fight cancer

    Federal health officials on Tuesday approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate and destroy deadly skin cancer tumors.

  • UN says over 1,600 cholera cases in Iraq in past month

    The United Nations says over 1,600 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Iraq in the past month and the humanitarian situation in the country is worsening with more than 8.6 million people in need of assistance.

  • Study shows value of knee replacement surgery, other options

    People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help. That's the bottom line from the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement, an operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the U.S.

  • Fungus found in brains raises Alzheimer's questions

    Traces of fungus have been discovered in the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers, researchers said Thursday, relaunching the question: might the disease be caused by an infectious microbe?

  • Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking

    Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.

  • Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil

    Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. Not 24 hours after her daughter was born via cesarean, Faria was being pampered at an upscale Rio de Janeiro maternity clinic.

  • Transplanting ovarian tissue helps some women have babies

    The biggest study ever of women who had ovarian tissue removed, frozen and transplanted suggests the experimental technique is safe and can help about one third of them to have babies.

  • 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.