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Herpes may play a role in developing Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests — reigniting a controversial theory about what causes the disease

One controversial theory for Alzheimer's disease is that it is caused by a virus, or multiple viruses, infecting the brain. A new study rekindles that theory, after finding brains of Alzheimer's patients had higher levels of the herpes virus.

People who drink in moderation may outlive teetotalers, according to a new study

A new study suggests that drinking in moderation could be linked to a longer life than being teetotal. But the advice around drinking is complicated, and there are still many health risks associated with drinking over the recommended limit.
California's Bixby Bridge, south of Monterey.

California’s cancer warning on coffee is ridiculously unscientific, experts say. Here’s why the state puts warnings on more than 1,000 foo...

Coffee sellers in California must post warnings about the potentially cancer-causing effects of a chemical called acrylamide. It's one on a long list of cancer warnings the state mandates consumers must see. But does drinking coffee, staying at a hotel, or using a parking lot really cause cancer?

Millennials are on track to have worse health in middle age than their parents, according to a new report

Millennials already have it tough with lower wages, less job security, and emotional pressure — and according to a new report from the Health Foundation, they are likely to have poorer health in middle age than their parents.
Fruit bats are the natural hosts for the virus.

A little-known, rare, and extremely deadly virus has killed at least 17 people in India — here’s what to know about Nipah virus

Nipah is a newly emerging deadly virus that can jump from bats to other species, including humans. It can be transmitted from person to person and has killed between 40% and 75% of infected people in most outbreaks so far.

Eating one egg a day could significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, according to a major new study

According to new research carried out in China, eating an egg daily reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with eating none.
Tracing anyone who was in contact with an infected person is an urgent priority.

An Ebola case has been discovered in a city of 1.2 million people — a ‘game changer’ that makes fighting the outbreak much more diff...

Health officials have confirmed that an infected person was found in a city of 1.2 million, meaning Ebola has spread beyond the town it was first spotted in. Ebola in an urban area is much more dangerous, since that dramatically increases the possibility that the disease could spread rapidly.
A biological technician wearing a Level C PAPR protective suit climbs up a ladder to inspect a decontamination tent covering Smailholm village hall in southern Scotland, which was the scene of an Anthrax outbreak in July 2006.

Bill Gates says a pandemic flu could kill 30 million people — these are the deadly diseases that scare experts the most

Somewhere on the planet, there's an organism or organisms — likely bacteria or a virus — that could kill tens of millions if it started to spread among people. Many experts think a global pandemic disease, whether naturally occurring or engineered, is the greatest threat humanity faces right now.

A 23andMe competitor just launched its own cancer testing initiative — but it differs in a key way

Investor Vinod Khosla announced that consumer genetics company Color Genomics would offer testing for cancer and high cholesterol through a partnership with several leading universities. He made the announcement on Sunday at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas.

Goldman Sachs is battling to contain an outbreak of mumps on the trading floor

Employees on one of Goldman Sachs' trading floors showed signs of the disease this week, and the firm told people to get shots or visit the firm's health center if they didn't receive the vaccine during childhood, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.