People who live close to gyms, pools and playing fields weigh less and have smaller waistlines than their counterparts residing farther away from exercise facilities, a UK study suggests.

The world’s largest chocolate makers are looking for ways to keep increasingly health-conscious consumers coming back for more.

The general public’s help is being enlisted in what is believed to be the largest study of the human microbiome – the bacteria that live in and on the human body – and are believed to affect health.

Meeting life-saving global health targets by 2030 could require investments by donors and national governments of up to $58 per person per year, or $371 billion annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

We’re living in volatile times. If I were to put a positive spin on that, I’d say that we’re living in times where a lot of accepted ways of doing things are being questioned. And those questions can be healthy. Take the FDA, for example. Pretty much every new president pays at least some lip service to the idea of speeding up drug approvals, cutting red tape, and helping the life sciences become more innovative. But President Trump apparently seriously considered appointing Jim O’Neill or Balaji Srinivasan as FDA Commissioner. Both O’Neill and Srinivasan are associates of Silicon Valley libertarian/iconoclast Peter Thiel, and have argued that drugs should be approved on the basis of safety alone, with the “market” deciding on whether they’re effective. (Healthcare is hardly a market in the normal sense of the term, hence the quotes.) O’Neill in particular would have done away with most clinical trials altogether.

Sanofi’s net sales for first-quarter 2017 amounted to €8.65 billion, up 11.1% on a reported basis and 8.6% at CER, reflecting the acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim’s CHC business and full consolidation of Sanofi’s European vaccine operations. At constant structure and CER, net sales for the 2017 first quarter were up 3.5% year over year.

People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said.

South Korea has culled some 50,000 farm birds as two cases of bird flu were confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the country’s cull this winter to nearly 35 million – more than a fifth of all South Korean poultry – since a first bird flu case was found late last year. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food […]

A potentially lengthy U.S. legislative fight over replacement of the Obamacare health law got underway as two House of Representatives committees begin negotiating over changes to a Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump.

Men who used testosterone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of androgen deficiency had a 33 percent lower risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke compared to those who did not receive any hormone therapy. The findings from the Kaiser Permanente study were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.