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Search for next generation antibioticsupdated Mon Dec 29 2014 13:24:15

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores how the medical field is approaching a turning point in the world of antibiotics.

The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americasupdated Wed Dec 17 2014 04:38:28

Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.

Sight for sore eyes: 'Maverick' doctor who restored the vision of 100,000 peopleupdated Sun Dec 14 2014 21:29:38

It takes Sanduk Ruit about five minutes to change someone's life.

Staying alive: Why measles won't take down the Maasaiupdated Thu Dec 11 2014 08:01:27

"They are happy because [there's] no disease for them and no children get sick," explains 52-year-old Jacob Mmali referring to the two elders from his village who stand beside him. The three Maasai men are from the indigenous tribe of the same name and reside in the small village of Enguiki, in the region of Arusha in North-Eastern Tanzania. Diseases such as measles once plagued their community. But not anymore.

Are we on the road to an HIV vaccine?updated Mon Dec 01 2014 06:08:15

"It only takes one virus to get through for a person to be infected," explained Dr. John Mascola. This is true of any viral infection, but in this instance, Mascola is referring to HIV and his ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus. "It's been so difficult to make an HIV/AIDS vaccine."

Parents fight to cure rare diseaseupdated Fri Nov 21 2014 19:10:38

The Hempels describe their struggle to find a new medicine to help their girls suffering from Niemann-Pick Disease Type C.

Could a form of sugar treat deadly Niemann-Pick disease?updated Fri Nov 21 2014 18:09:05

Big wooden planters full of ripe tomatoes. Homemade pickles. Over good wine and grilled steak at the home of Chris and Hugh Hempel, in the hills around Reno, Nevada, the conversation turns to biomedical research and genetics.

Living with 'Childhood Alzheimer's'updated Fri Nov 21 2014 11:58:23

Addison and Cassidy Hempel were three years old when their parents realized they were slipping away. Dr Sanjay Gupta reports.

Family's crusade reaches milestoneupdated Fri Nov 21 2014 10:47:13

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins the Hempels as their daughters, who suffer from Niemann-Pick Type C, are rolled into surgery.

Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?updated Wed Nov 19 2014 06:15:34

As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB).

Ebola virus: Countries with travel restrictions in placeupdated Tue Nov 04 2014 07:36:27

The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola virus is stretching the medical capacities of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three West African countries hit worst by the virus -- and alarming leaders around the world.

What lies beneath ... 'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happenupdated Thu Oct 30 2014 06:42:17

Valuable insight into our health is lurking beneath our city streets. "We can reveal the invisible in a city. The underworld we don't see every day," says architect Carlo Ratti.

Ebola: Who is patient zero? Disease traced back to 2-year-old in Guineaupdated Tue Oct 28 2014 04:31:53

Before the virus ravaged West Africa, before the deaths soared into the thousands, before the outbreak triggered global fears, Ebola struck a toddler named Emile Ouamouno.

How deep brain stimulation could unlock secrets of Tourette'supdated Mon Oct 27 2014 06:39:25

"Sitting in class, second grade, teachers would put me outside the hallway because I had been ticking so loud I was a 'distraction,'" recalled 25-year-old Amber Comfort. "Teachers would walk by me back and forth and say 'you'd better stop that before you get into my class next year.' Things that were just completely obscene, that you would never expect the world to be, and I had to deal with on a daily basis."

Wiping out polio, country by countryupdated Fri Oct 24 2014 06:33:48

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Twenty years with Tourette'supdated Tue Oct 21 2014 10:58:44

Amber Comfort opens up about dealing with her own tics and facing prejudice from others.

Optics shed new light on the brainupdated Tue Oct 21 2014 10:50:02

Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University on his groundbreaking research in brain mapping.

What is deep brain stimulation?updated Thu Oct 16 2014 08:44:17

Dr. Sanjay Gupta meets two doctors at the University of Florida who are pioneers in deep brain stimulation.

Living with Tourette'supdated Thu Oct 16 2014 08:40:21

Amber Comfort lives with the tics and vocalizations of Tourette's Syndrome.

Brain surgery for Tourette's patientupdated Thu Oct 16 2014 08:28:21

Doctors in Florida are using deep brain stimulation to attempt to treat Tourette's syndrome.

Breaking the taboo: It's time to talk about mental healthupdated Fri Oct 10 2014 07:48:40

On World Mental Health Day, around the globe many of us, perhaps hundreds of thousands or even millions, will be raising awareness of mental health issues to challenge outdated views, and to put an end to life-limiting, and sometimes life-threatening, stigma and discrimination that's still attached to having a mental health problem in so many countries and communities.

Medicine Nobel Prize goes for work on cells that form brain's GPS systemupdated Mon Oct 06 2014 05:42:37

You may know where you are and where you're going to, but do you know why you know that?

Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugsupdated Fri Oct 03 2014 08:35:18

As Thomas Eric Duncan remains in isolation at a hospital in Dallas, and American journalist Ashoka Mukpo prepares to be transported home, many are wondering: Will they receive an experimental drug like other Ebola patients treated in the United States?

Tweets to make you smile: The secret to happiness, straight from the expertsupdated Fri Oct 03 2014 05:26:57

We're growing bacteria in space, and they could help us create new vaccinesupdated Wed Oct 01 2014 06:10:35

Manned space missions bring with them a plethora of challenges to keep astronauts alive and healthy, especially on long-duration space missions. Astronauts need to breathe, eat, drink, excrete their food and drink, and be kept free of infections to stay healthy enough to do their job. The key to an astronauts' wellbeing has been found, somewhat contradictorily, to be a group of tiny organisms -- bacteria.

How the Ebola virus spreadsupdated Tue Sep 30 2014 19:08:23

Yes, Ebola is a scary infectious disease. But the first thing you should know is that it's not very contagious -- "Common sense and observation tell us that spread of the virus via coughing or sneezing is rare, if it happens at all," the World Health Organization says. It's spread through frequent contact with bodily fluids and can be spread only by someone who is showing symptoms.

Why faking laughter is good for youupdated Thu Sep 18 2014 09:18:34

Can we trick our minds into being happy? CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Understanding the science of happinessupdated Thu Sep 18 2014 09:05:59

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines the science of happiness in Denmark.

Is this the happiest place on earth?updated Thu Sep 18 2014 08:42:06

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta travels to Denmark to understand why it ranks so high when it comes to life satisfaction and happiness.

How 'magic mushroom' chemical could free the mind of depression, addictionsupdated Wed Sep 17 2014 05:27:21

Think of psychedelics and you'll likely think of bright colors, hallucinations, spirituality, and an overall "mystical" experience. For centuries these drugs have been used in social, religious and medicinal contexts by cultures across the globe. But today, the ability of these drugs to alter our brain function is being tapped into as a potential therapeutic for a range of mental health conditions from anxiety and depression to addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Going abroad? Here are 10 diseases you need to watch out forupdated Fri Sep 12 2014 07:27:16

As globalization continues to grow and dominate our trade, economy and lifestyles, the associated ease of access to remote regions of the world is reflected in our travels.

Why this crab's blood could save your lifeupdated Thu Sep 04 2014 06:46:56

During World War Two, soldiers learned to fear treatment as much as enemy bullets. Unsanitary conditions and equipment in field hospitals made open wounds a breeding ground for bacteria that killed thousands, particularly the fast-acting and barely detectable gram-negative strains that caused toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, and typhoid.

Ebola: Your most pressing questions answeredupdated Mon Aug 25 2014 12:32:38

The largest Ebola outbreak in history has struck fear into the hearts of people around the world. While fewer than 3,000 people have been killed by the virus since it was discovered in 1976, the disease's virulence and deadliness, combined with the lack of a cure, inspire dread like almost no other.

How immunotherapy saved her lifeupdated Thu Aug 21 2014 12:50:12

Four years ago Tom and Kari Whitehead knew nothing about the battle raging within their daughter's body.

The front line in battle against cancerupdated Thu Aug 21 2014 12:49:32

Doctor Lieping Chen has discovered a protein that helps shield cancer from the immune system.

What is cancer immunotherapy?updated Thu Aug 21 2014 12:26:46

Maureen O'Grady talks about participating in an immunotherapy trial after being diagnosed with late stage lung cancer.

These 8 whiz kids are the future of medicineupdated Thu Aug 14 2014 06:10:36

While their peers were playing video games or panicking about the prom, a group of young whiz kids has been prioritizing medical innovation.

Ebola virus: Nine things to know about the killer diseaseupdated Thu Aug 07 2014 11:39:47

Here are nine things to know about what the World Health Organization calls "one of the world's most virulent diseases."

The roots of our Ebola fearsupdated Wed Aug 06 2014 12:49:21

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is playing out before the world's eyes. Each new update about the disease's spread is breathless; each new detail is related with dramatic flourish.

Waiting for a new face: The transplants giving people back their lives updated Wed Aug 06 2014 05:55:16

"These types of patients have such disfigurement beforehand they can't eat, they can't breathe properly. It's about functionality," says Dr. Richard Luskin, CEO of the New England Organ Bank.

Is organic food better for you?updated Tue Aug 05 2014 07:25:47

Recently, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition said that organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious.

What Obama can do about Ebolaupdated Thu Jul 31 2014 19:31:49

President Barack Obama will convene a summit Monday at the White House of the heads of every key African nation -- except three: Ebola-plagued Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. And as of now, the African Ebola epidemic, the largest on record, is not officially on the summit agenda.

What is the risk of catching Ebola on a plane?updated Thu Jul 31 2014 05:34:36

Deadly diseases like Ebola are only a plane ride away. In today's interconnected world, linked by transoceanic flights, one infected person can trigger a domino effect that pays no attention to borders.

Ebola outbreak: Is it time to test experimental vaccines?updated Fri Jul 25 2014 05:58:59

Ebola virus disease is sweeping across West Africa in the largest outbreak of the virus to date. Mortality rates are currently at 60% in a disease where up to 90% of infected people can die. But despite this lethality there remain no licensed treatments or vaccines available, nearly 40 years after the disease was first discovered.

Teen gets 232 "teeth" removed in Mumbaiupdated Fri Jul 25 2014 01:21:37

A teenager in India, who had more than 200 "teeth" growing in his mouth due to a benign dental tumor, has had them removed.

Why an Ebola epidemic is spinning out of controlupdated Thu Jul 24 2014 13:41:17

The Ebola epidemic now raging across three countries in West Africa is three-fold larger than any other outbreak ever recorded for this terrible disease; the only one to have occurred in urban areas and to cross national borders; and officially urgent and serious. At least 1,090 people have contracted the awful disease this year, though the epidemic's true scope is unknown because of widespread opposition to health authorities in afflicted Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Could aging cells help fight cancer?updated Thu Jul 17 2014 08:21:01

Medical student, Joshua Meier has been celebrated for his research into how aging cells could help in the fight against cancer.

Repairing organs with clusters of cellsupdated Thu Jul 17 2014 08:20:12

Meet the two siblings who have been recognized for their pioneering work in cluster cells and fractal dimension.

Young medical pioneers make their markupdated Thu Jul 17 2014 08:19:53

Dr Sanjay Gupta finds out how curiosity was the key ingredient to unlocking the potential of four young medical pioneers.

Beating the bulge: Brazil's burgeoning obesity problemupdated Wed Jul 09 2014 09:32:17

"I saw these seats before the tournament began but it's not a good way to deal with it. It's a kind of segregation," explains Dr. Guilherme Cotta, a bariatric (weight-loss) surgeon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

'Bionic eye' lets blind man 'see' againupdated Tue Jun 24 2014 05:43:50

As a teenager, Roger Pontz's eyesight began to fail. Doctors told him there was nothing they could do to save his vision and over the years his sight deteriorated until, by the age of 40, he was completely blind.

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people updated Fri Jun 20 2014 05:45:34

"On the streets the sidewalks are cluttered with street vendors, animals, streetlights and other obstacles which make them uncomfortable even for sighted people," explains Professor Meenakshi Balakrishnan, a computer engineer at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Delhi.

The 'bionic eye'updated Thu Jun 19 2014 06:55:26

CNN's Sanjay Gupta looks at an incredible device that's helping blind people to see.

Living with blindnessupdated Thu Jun 19 2014 05:55:50

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta meets a group of people who have lost their vision, and learns how they deal with blindness.

Seeing through soundupdated Thu Jun 19 2014 04:23:29

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Brian Bushway, a blind man who uses echolocation to get around.

Tiny robotic arm could operate on babies in the wombupdated Wed Jun 18 2014 07:01:21

Some birth defects in newborns could one day be a thing of the past due to new robotics technologies being developed to perform surgery on babies in the womb.

Time-lapse video reveals secret life of an embryo, helps women conceiveupdated Mon Jun 16 2014 05:46:11

It is estimated that around one in four couples around the world have trouble conceiving. For a small proportion of them, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a technology that can restore the dream of parenthood.

The truth about tobaccoupdated Sat May 31 2014 05:41:52

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Return of the 'White Plague': Fears over the rise of 'incurable' TBupdated Wed May 28 2014 06:17:06

"Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why did this have to happen again?" says 31-year-old Andile from the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa. "But the problem is I could have got it anywhere, on the bus, in a taxi, in my work. It's everywhere."

How does IVF work?updated Fri May 23 2014 07:09:46

CNN's Vital Signs talks to families who have benefited from IVF treatment and the doctors who made the breakthrough.

Why was IVF so controversial?updated Wed May 21 2014 13:02:19

Vital SIgns travels to the United Kingdom to find out about the history of IVF.

How far has IVF treatment come?updated Wed May 21 2014 12:53:30

Gemma and Simon Potter were told that they would never be able to have children. Their daughter is now 2 years old.

Meet Mr. Robin, grandma's robot buddyupdated Fri May 16 2014 05:31:24

Almost eight years have passed since Bill Gates hailed a new era of "a robot in every home," and for most of us the sci-fi dream of an all-purpose automated assistant seems no closer.

Dirty water: The child killer we can stopupdated Mon May 12 2014 06:49:10

Imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where two million children under the age of five were dying every year of diseases that were entirely preventable. Imagine that this world was divided in two, where in one half children were free from this scourge and the other half lived in fear of these diseases which threatened their families every single day.

Hunting the 'fiery serpent': The quest to wipe out Guinea wormupdated Fri May 09 2014 06:27:33

"It's such a loser of a disease that some countries eradicated it without even knowing they'd had it. It can naturally disappear."

Top 20 most polluted cities in the worldupdated Thu May 08 2014 05:11:51

Air quality in most cities that monitor their pollution levels exceed what the World Health Organization deems as safe.

The big sleep: Unlocking the secrets of suspended animationupdated Tue May 06 2014 06:31:31

Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your blood hemorrhages unseen from ruptured vessels. The loss of that blood is starving your organs of vital nutrients and oxygen. You are entering cardiac arrest.

WHO sounds alarm on spread of polioupdated Mon May 05 2014 14:18:50

The spread of polio constitutes an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization declared Monday.

This machine makes drinking water from thin airupdated Thu Apr 24 2014 06:02:15

Water. A vital nutrient, yet one that is inaccessible to many worldwide.

Haiti searches for clean water solutionsupdated Wed Apr 23 2014 06:10:52

In January 2010 a seven-point magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people and damaging its infrastructure, including some water systems.

Artificial eyes, plastic skulls: 3-D printing the human body updated Thu Apr 17 2014 05:43:40

The 21st century has seen the growth of 3-D printing, with well-known applications in architecture, manufacturing, engineering, and now increasingly in medicine.

Haiti's clean water crisisupdated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:52:27

Meet a young girl who walks for nearly two hours a day to fetch water for her family while still making time for school.

Could deadly water epidemic strike again?updated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:40:22

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the constant threat of waterborne diseases in the island nation of Haiti.

Clean water solutions for Haitiupdated Wed Apr 16 2014 10:37:23

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores how technology like reverse osmosis and chlorine purification can help solve the country's water crisis.

Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printerupdated Mon Apr 14 2014 05:43:02

"I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."

Creating body parts in a lab: 'Things are happening now' updated Thu Apr 10 2014 18:31:11

Two body parts. One scientific leap.

World Health Day: The neglected diseases that plague 1 in 6updated Mon Apr 07 2014 06:47:46

There's a popular African proverb that seems particularly relevant to this World Health Day: "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." Beyond their power to annoy, mosquitoes and other insects carry an outsized ability to kill, disable and disfigure people in massive numbers.

Robot exoskeleton lets girl lift her arms, reach for the stars updated Wed Apr 02 2014 05:58:50

A child throwing a ball. On the face of it, a simple act, but for four-year old Hannah Mohn this is a milestone.

Deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus: What you need to knowupdated Thu Mar 27 2014 13:18:26

The deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus on record has sparked fears that the killer virus could spread from West Africa to other regions and continents.

Scientists race to eliminate malaria as 'wonder drug' loses its powersupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 07:31:41

The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but Francois Nosten still crosses them in just a minute, aboard a narrow, wooden boat. In the dry season, he could wade across. As he steps onto the western riverbank, in Myanmar, he passes no checkpoint and presents no passport.

Scientists race to eliminate malaria as 'wonder drug' loses its powersupdated Tue Mar 25 2014 07:29:16

Continued from part 1

3-D printing gave her a chance at a normal lifeupdated Thu Mar 20 2014 13:08:18

Sanjay Gupta looks at how the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) has transformed the life of a 4 year-old girl.

3-D printing for the human bodyupdated Thu Mar 20 2014 12:58:10

Sanjay Gupta explores how 3-D printing is affecting the world of medicine.

How a 3-D printed arm gave hope to boy maimed in bomb blastupdated Wed Mar 19 2014 07:09:49

It's a good thing I didn't know exactly how dangerous a trip I was embarking on, because when I left home in October 2013 to fly to Sudan, I was scared enough. What I had committed to was, quite frankly, the most "impossible" thing I'd ever tried to accomplish.

Refugee amputee gets 3-D printed armupdated Wed Mar 19 2014 06:22:55

Sanjay Gupta meets Mick Ebeling who took 3D printers to South Sudan and taught locals to print prosthetic limbs.

Lungs on a chip, 3-D printed hearts: The shape of medicine to comeupdated Wed Mar 12 2014 12:10:48

3-D printers are currently being used or explored by a multitude of industries -- from printing toys and automotive parts to meat and even houses. In medicine, they are already used to print prosthetic limbs and make patient-specific models of body parts that surgeons can use as guides during reconstructive surgery. It's no surprise, then, that scientists around the world are investigating whether living cells can be used to print replacement organs and tissues.

Second baby possibly 'cured' of HIVupdated Thu Mar 06 2014 10:58:00

The first time, it happened almost by accident.

Prostate surgery comes out slightly ahead of 'watchful waiting' in new study updated Wed Mar 05 2014 21:00:42

When it comes to prostate cancer, aggressive surgery saves lives and leads to a better quality of life, according to a new study that could inflame the debate over how best to treat the disease -- and in some cases, whether to treat it at all.

City cycling: Road to fitness, or accident waiting to happen?updated Tue Mar 04 2014 05:12:46

It was just another morning commute. That is, until a bus driver ran a red light, turned right, and drove straight into Ann-Doerthe Hass Jensen. The bus knocked the social worker off her bike, trapping her underneath, a wheel pinning down and crushing her left foot. It was a school bus heading to a Copenhagen kindergarten, and the children aboard were screaming. Ann was rushed to hospital in excruciating pain, every bone in her foot shattered.

Sound machines for babies: Too loud? Too close?updated Mon Mar 03 2014 00:00:41

Parents: You want your baby to sleep soundly so that you can sleep too, right?

Fears that World Cup could increase spread of HIVupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 08:50:12

Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.

Fears that World Cup could increase spread of HIVupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 07:00:08

Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.

Medical Clowningupdated Thu Jan 07 2010 06:28:51

In Israel, medical clowns have become part of the medical team in most children's hospitals.

Chopstick stuck in kid's noseupdated Tue Jan 05 2010 09:17:40

CNN's John Vause reports how doctors in China removed a chopstick from a little boy's brain, after it went up his nose.

Disinfectants could give rise to antibiotic-resistant superbugsupdated Wed Dec 30 2009 06:42:58

A new study has provided more evidence that using common disinfectants could promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Why transplants use 'imperfect' organsupdated Mon Dec 28 2009 07:32:45

A widespread shortage of organs for transplantation means surgeons are forced to use "less than ideal" organs -- a practice that can have deadly consequences.

The gift of life or death?updated Sat Dec 26 2009 23:37:36

A shortage in organ donations forces doctors to accept the use of organs from marginal donors.

'My story of C'updated Sat Dec 26 2009 22:56:19

British teenager Jazzy De Lizzer is trying to raise awareness of hepatitis-C, a disease she suffers from.

Old remedies go modernupdated Sat Dec 26 2009 22:40:13

Ancient cures find a place in modern medicine and scientist get closer to building a "bionic man."

How much do you know about biotherapies?updated Thu Dec 24 2009 11:00:15

The history of transplantsupdated Thu Dec 24 2009 09:30:16

Life with Hepatitis C for London's teenage 'It Girl'updated Thu Dec 24 2009 08:50:22

Recently named London's "It Girl" by society magazine Vanity Fair, 18-year-old Jazzy de Lisser is said to have it all. She is beautiful and affluent, her best friends include Sting's daughter, Coco Sumner, and she is often compared to another famous British trend-setter, Kate Moss.

WHO wants health issues at heart of climate talksupdated Thu Dec 17 2009 09:33:52

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a "side event" for public health officials in Copenhagen, Thursday, in an effort to put public health at the center of the climate-change debate.

Scientists unlock genetic code in major cancer breakthroughupdated Thu Dec 17 2009 07:45:23

The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases.

Paralyzed man 'turns thoughts into sounds'updated Wed Dec 16 2009 11:37:12

An experimental system is letting a paralyzed man turn his thoughts into the beginnings of real-time speech, according to researchers.

Top 10 health innovations of 2009updated Tue Dec 15 2009 07:43:52

No one doubts that the most high-profile health crisis of 2009 was the unexpected outbreak of H1N1 -- the swine flu virus that has claimed almost 10,000 lives, according to the World Health Organization.

Uganda bans female circumcisionupdated Sat Dec 12 2009 08:27:51

The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill banning female genital mutilation, a traditional rite that has sparked an international outcry and is practiced in some African and Asian communities.

Rain 'not enough' to end hunger in Kenyaupdated Thu Dec 10 2009 05:16:05

Recent rainfall has brought new vegetation to parts of Kenya that haven't seen rain for years, but aid workers say it's too little, too late to undo the damage caused by years of drought.

Would you choose your child's gender?updated Tue Dec 08 2009 05:50:33

Genetic screening techniques that allow parents to choose their children's gender are now more accurate than ever and are becoming increasingly mainstream, but experts are divided over whether the technology should be used in this way.

Would you choose your child's gender?updated Tue Dec 08 2009 05:48:19

Genetic screening techniques that allow parents to choose their children's gender are now more accurate than ever and are becoming increasingly mainstream, but experts are divided over whether the technology should be used in this way.

The smartphone apps that could save your lifeupdated Mon Dec 07 2009 10:09:01

There are a growing number of smartphone applications aimed at assisting medical professionals or improving personal health.

Model's death highlights plastic surgery risksupdated Wed Dec 02 2009 11:48:58

Following the death of a former Miss Argentina after complications arising from plastic surgery, questions are being raised about the risks of cosmetic surgery.

'Dawn of a new era' for AIDS in South Africa?updated Tue Dec 01 2009 11:30:37

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced new policies to tackle the country's AIDS epidemic on Tuesday.

The Clinic: How to live longerupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 13:27:43 today featured a live Webcast of The Clinic, looking at how science is making progress in the quest for immortality.

Tips to add years to your lifeupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 11:47:25

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta teams with anti-aging experts to bring you an in-depth discussion on the search for immortality.

Alcohol takes its toll on Russians' healthupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 09:52:00

In Russia, where the government has designated alcoholism a "national disaster," men have an average life expectancy of just 60 years -- one of the lowest in Europe.

Russia battles alcoholupdated Mon Nov 30 2009 09:16:57

Vital Signs travels to Russia where in some parts of the country alcohol is killing half the population.

The search for immortalityupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 11:48:24

On Monday the 3oth November Vital Signs: The Clinic hosts a live webcast with Dr Sanjay Gupta and anti-aging experts.

History of genetic breakthroughsupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 10:43:36

The genetic promiseupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:47:54

New technology can screen embryos for genetic disease, but, controversially, it also allows parents to choose their baby?s gender.

Living with genetic diseaseupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:23:10

Mother of two, Stephanie Shapiro talks about her children's genetic disease and a potential breakthrough in preventing the illness.

Russia battles alcoholupdated Fri Nov 27 2009 06:22:16

Vital Signs travels to Russia where in some parts of the country alcohol is killing half the population.

Trapped 'coma' manupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 11:11:06

Since a car crash in 1983, Rom Houban laid in a fully conscious state unable to communicate, until now.

Living with genetic diseaseupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 10:57:30

Mother of two, Stephanie Shapiro talks about her children's genetic disease and a potential breakthrough in preventing the illness.

Genetic disease: Mother hopes for cure for dying childrenupdated Thu Nov 26 2009 06:38:51

Every 30 minutes, somewhere in the world a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of 10 (according to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation).

U.N. report: New HIV infections decreasingupdated Tue Nov 24 2009 12:40:11

New HIV infections have fallen worldwide by 17 percent over the past eight years, a testament to prevention efforts, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.

Trapped 'coma' man: How was he misdiagnosed?updated Tue Nov 24 2009 06:33:32

A Belgian car crash victim who was misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state for 23 years was conscious the whole time, it has emerged.

What are genes?updated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:56:37

Find out about the basics of cells, chromosomes, and the genes contained in your DNA.

Child gender selection - Russiaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:32:11

A Russian woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Mexicoupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:30:00

A Mexican woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Israelupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:26:53

An Israeli man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Franceupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:25:06

A French man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Englandupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:21:19

An English woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

Child gender selection - Egyptupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:16:45

An Egyptian man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Cubaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:13:05

A Cuban man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - Chinaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:08:31

A Chinese man tells CNN his views on choosing the gender of his child.

Child gender selection - South Africaupdated Mon Nov 23 2009 11:05:12

A South African woman tells CNN her views on choosing the gender of her child.

HIV+ soccer team scores against stigmaupdated Thu Nov 19 2009 11:06:32

Somebody told me about a group of HIV positive ladies in the Epworth Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Zimbabwe who had formed a football team and every time they won a match, they would march through the clinic in their football jerseys singing uplifting songs in order to inspire other HIV-infected people like them.

Afghanistan's mental breakdownupdated Tue Nov 17 2009 11:34:26

In Afghanistan, the fight to heal broken minds clashes with the fight to break drug addiction. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Pakistan's HIV cricket team are positive role modelsupdated Tue Nov 17 2009 10:17:24

Cricket is the national sport in Pakistan, but what makes the First Positive Cricket Team stand out from all the other Karachi-based clubs is that its members are all HIV positive.

Could humans one day live to 1,000 years?updated Tue Nov 17 2009 10:12:32

CNN's global health show Vital Signs has teamed up with world renowned anti-aging experts to bring you an in-depth discussion on the search for immortality.

Counting the world's 'invisible' childrenupdated Mon Nov 16 2009 09:10:04

Most people take their birth certificates for granted, but for millions of people around the world, they simply do not exist, causing them to miss out on fundamental rights, including access to free health care and education services, according to the Britain-based international charity Plan.

World Diabetes Day: Rise in number of kidney disease worldwideupdated Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:13

Kidney disease is becoming a growing problem in developing countries, caused by an explosion in cases of diabetes and high blood pressure, experts say.

My Story of Cupdated Thu Nov 12 2009 12:16:48

Eighteen-year-old "It Girl" Jazzy de Lisser's award winning video diary on her lifelong struggle with hepatitis C

Enke death: What are the roots of depression?updated Thu Nov 12 2009 11:41:38

Robert Enke, the goalkeeper for the German national football team who killed himself on Tuesday, was suffering from depression, his widow has revealed.

WHO: Women's health an 'urgent priority'updated Wed Nov 11 2009 10:53:10

Societies fail women at key moments in their lives by not offering them quality health care, which undermines their ability to reach their full potential, the World Health Organization says in a new report.

How mood mapping helped me beat bipolar disorderupdated Wed Nov 11 2009 08:25:15

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 28. I was a successful neurosurgeon in a leading UK teaching hospital, and a leading researcher in head injury. This diagnosis followed 12 months in which I had experienced a series of personal and work related stresses.

Vital Signs health tipsupdated Tue Nov 10 2009 11:29:00

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Staring down the stigmaupdated Tue Nov 10 2009 10:05:40

Molebatsi Pooe-Shongwe tells CNN how her organization is helping educate South Africans about breast cancer.

Saudi minister gets H1N1 vaccine on TV to calm fearsupdated Sat Nov 07 2009 07:06:18

Saudi Arabia's health minister was the first person in the country to receive the H1N1 vaccination Saturday in a televised event aimed at calming fears about the safety of the vaccine.