Experimental Alzheimer's drug hailed as breakthrough, side-effects in focus

An experimental Alzheimer's disease drug from Eisai (4523.T) and Biogen (BIIB.O) slowed cognitive decline in a closely watched trial but may carry a risk of dangerous side effects for certain patients, according to new data presented on Tuesday.

US woman becomes 3rd person cured of HIV

A US patient with leukaemia has become the first woman and the third person to date to be cured of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant from a donor who was naturally resistant to the virus that causes Aids, researchers reported on Tuesday.

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: Study

Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists say, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment.

Excitement at new cancer treatment

A therapy that retrains the body's immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission.

Study quantifies faulty gene's role in ovary cancer risk

Women who carry an inherited fault in the BRIP1 gene are three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than those without it, researchers say.

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba successfully eliminates mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

Long-term paracetamol use poses risk, says study

Chronic users paracetamol -- people who typically take large, daily doses over several years -- may increase their risk of death, or kidney, intestinal and heart problems.