Regular use of Ibuprofen may increase lifespan by up to 10 years

Using ibuprofen regularly can extended the lifespan by up to 10 years, says a new study.

Ebola toll nears 7,000; rate of spread slows in Sierra Leone – WHO

The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases as of Dec. 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

'Poor sanitation conditions killing mothers, newborns'

 Lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in birth settings is killing mothers and newborns in the developing world, shows a new study.

Too many new mums and newborns dying due to unsanitary conditions at birth

A new research has revealed that lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in birth settings is killing mothers and newborns in the developing world.

Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific

Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighbouring Pacific nations, regional health authorities said on Wednesday.

WHO lowers Ebola toll by nearly 1,000 after Liberia counting `error`

The World Health Organization on Monday said more than 6,000 people had died from Ebola and not nearly 7,000 as earlier reported, blaming "an error" in numbers out of Liberia.

Ebola toll nears 7,000: WHO

Nearly 7,000 people have died from Ebola in west Africa, the World Health Organization said late Friday, adding some 1,200 more deaths to a toll from two days earlier.

UN opens Ebola office in Mali as two new cases emerge

The UN emergency mission to fight Ebola opened an office in Mali on Wednesday, where nearly 300 people are being monitored and two new cases have emerged.

Powdered measles vaccine found safe in early trials

Countries dabbling with conventional injectable vaccine against the measles virus may soon have an alternative as researchers have found a measles vaccine made of fine dry powder safe in early human testing.

UN to allow more cross-border aid to Syria

The UN`s top aid official asked the Security Council on Tuesday to allow continued cross-border aid deliveries to Syria, now home to the world`s largest number of displaced by war.

WHO team to assess how Pakistan is tackling Ebola

 A World Health Organization (WHO) mission arrived in Pakistan to assess arrangements made by the government to keep Ebola virus out of the country, a media report said Tuesday.

WHO reports plague outbreak in Madagascar

Outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people, a UN spokesman said here Monday.

Mali confirms eighth Ebola case, monitoring 271 people

Mali said on Monday that another person had tested positive for the Ebola virus, bringing the total number of cases in the West African nation to eight.

47 dead as plague spreads to Madagascar capital

Madagascar said on Monday it was trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept medieval Europe -- that has killed 47 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Stolen Ebola blood `lost for good` says Guinea

Guinea said on Monday a cooler carrying a stolen blood sample infected with the deadly Ebola virus, stolen en route to a test centre, was unlikely ever to be found.

WHO says Ebola outbreak 'stable' in Guinea

 The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea where the crisis began.

Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse

  Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the haemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday. 

Two dead from Ebola-like Lassa fever in Benin: Officials

Two people have died in Benin from the Ebola-like virus Lassa fever, the country`s government and a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday.

Mali doctor dies of Ebola, taking toll up to seven

A doctor in Mali died of Ebola on Thursday after treating an imam who succumbed to the disease, taking the total toll in the west African country up to seven, health authorities said.

Measles eradication efforts stalled; 6.4 million newborns do not get vaccine anually: WHO

Measles can be prevented through vaccination, but nearly 6.4 million newborns are still not being immunized annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.