Deaf US Kid Hears for First Time Thanks to Brainstem Implant

An American toddler has been given the chance to hear for the first time in his short life after an implant was placed in his brainstem. The three-year-old boy, Grayson Clamp, was born completely deaf without cochlear nerves, which carry sounds from the inner ear to the brain. His parents tried everything they could to […]

Medical Group Recognizes Obesity as a Disease

The American Medical Association decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease, requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment. The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization, decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease that requires a range of medical interventions for treatment and prevention. The decision was made at […]

Melanoma Detected In Skin Odor

Using sophisticated techniques to sample and analyze airborne molecules in the odors from human skin cells, scientists in the US were able to detect a unique chemical signature for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  They suggest their methods, which can spot the difference between different types of melanoma cell and normal skin cells using odor […]

A $5.5 Billion Road Map To Banish Polio Forever

Polio isn’t going easily into the dustbin of history. The world needs to push it in, throw down the lid and then keep an eye out to make sure it doesn’t escape. That’s the gist of a new plan released Thursday by the World Health Organization and other foundations at a vaccine meeting in Abu Dhabi, United […]

China’s bird flu outbreak: 3 good signs, 3 bad signs and 3 very bad signs

Since the new avian flu strain H7N9 began appearing in China earlier this year, it’s infected over 100 people, killed 22, spread to five provinces plus Beijing and Shanghai and, as of Wednesday, is confirmed to have spread abroad to Taiwan. How worried should you be about this? How serious is the H7N9 outbreak? The […]