The Cost Of Cancer: New Drugs Show Success At A Steep Price

Newer cancer drugs that enlist the body’s immune system are improving the odds of survival, but competition between them is not reining in prices that can now top $250,000 a year. The drugs’ success for patients is the result of big bets in cancer therapy made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co…

Singapore Confirms Two New Cases Of Zika Virus

Singapore has confirmed two cases of locally transmitted infections of the Zika virus in a northeastern part of the city state, the National Environment Agency said on Wednesday, describing it as the first Zika cluster of 2017. The viral disease carried by mosquitoes has spread to more than 60 countries…

Meningitis Outbreak Kills At Least 140 in Nigeria

An outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, officials say. It has been reported over the last week in six states and has so far infected more than 1,000 people, the Abuja Centre for Disease Control says. Meningitis causes an acute inflammation of…

Flu Vaccine Is Only Moderately Protective This Year, CDC Says

This year’s flu vaccine is offering moderate protection against the main family of viruses causing illness, data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The data comes as what has been a pretty active flu season is near its apex in many parts of the country. “We won’t know…

Sudden Death Warning Over Faulty Heart Gene

An estimated 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned. The British Heart Foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even…

Brazil Confirms More Yellow Fever Cases; Over 100 Infected

Authorities in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state say three more people have died from yellow fever, adding to an outbreak that has seen more than 100 cases. The vast majority of cases are in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, where authorities had confirmed 97 cases as of Friday. Of those,…

Brazil Sees Sharp Rise In Yellow Fever Cases

Health officials in Brazil say there has been a sharp rise in the cases of yellow fever in the country. They said there had been 63 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far this year, up from seven in the whole of 2016. Most of the cases have been…