health & medicine
France is wild about Nutella, the hazelnut-flavored chocolate sauce that's perfect at any meal. But to make it requires palm oil, and French legislators have an eye on palm oil with a new tax. It's just the latest in the fat tax movement by governments around the world.
There's not previously been a legal abortion clinic on the Irish island. But this week, a new clinic opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While it won't provide surgical abortions, women who meet strict criteria can go there and get the abortion pill. The whole episode marks a change in Irish culture, but has still ignited protests.
A report out last week documented pages and pages of evidence that concludes Lance Armstrong was at the center of a doping ring. On Wednesday, Armstrong began to lose sponsors and announced he would resign as chairman of the very charity he founded.
Pakistan's 14-year-old women's advocate, Malala Yousufzai, was gravely wounded in a Taliban assassination attempt. After receiving treatment in Pakistan in recent days, the government decided to transfer her to a U.K. hospital where she can get "integrated" treatment.
When the earthquake struck Haiti, doctors, nurses and medical specialists rushed to Haiti, in an effort to help. But what some of them, and some outside analysts have found is that instead of helping, some may have made the situation worse and many, perhaps even most, were totally unprepared for what they had to do.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is finally coming forward with its case against Lance Armstrong. 200 pages. 26 interviews, 11 by former teammates. Emails. Bank statements. All of which, they say, paint a picture of the kingpin of a doping ring. Armstrong, through his attorney, calls it all lies — a taxpayer-funded hatchet job.
Intestinal parasites are a major problem for India's school children. They make them lethargic, they contribute to missing classes and generally lower their quality of life. Now, a new initiative is seeking to deworm students around the world, to improve their economic and educational prospects.
As many as 12 percent of kids test positive for allergies to some of the most common food allergens, like peanuts. But a new, more accurate test reveals that many of those allergies are actually to a pollen, and not the dangerous food allergy that parents fear.
A quiet test has been underway for nearly a year in select New York City high schools, where students are given easy access to birth control pills and Plan B, also known as the morning after pill. Parents are given the opportunity to opt out of their children participating, but so far few have done it. Some 1,000 students have been served so far.
A new report by two top tier American universities reveals an additional side effect to America's drone strikes in Pakistan. According to their research, Pakistani civilians are under such emotional stress they're being driven to receive medical care and taking an "exponentially higher" amount of psychiatric drugs.