Palestinians wounded in the fighting in the Gaza Strip are dying because ambulances can't reach them amid the fighting and shelling, the Red Cross warned. The number of wounded has topped 2,700 since the start of the Israeli offensive 11 days ago.
This edition looks back on the events that marked the year in France. Also, France's famed healthcare system hits its limits, with two deaths over the festive season; and selling unwanted Christmas presents online.
The bortezomib, a cancer treatment drug, has been tested successfully on several patients whose bodies had been rejecting transplanted organs, an American study found, concluding to "significant implications for transplantation."
US soldiers have launched a lawsuit against a firm whose parent company was once headed by Vice-President Dick Cheney, on the grounds that it provided US troops in Iraq with unsafe water, rotten food and that it exposed them to toxic waste.
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States have successfully carried out the first nearly complete face transplant in history. A French team at Lyon University was the first to perform a partial face transplant in 2005.
A fresh wave of H5N1 is responsible for the death of a teenager in Egypt and thousands of chickens in India. Specialists fear the virus is mutating and that the vaccine against it is no longer effective.
The Supreme Court in Washington has granted three US citizens the right to pursue Marlboro maker Altria, as well as other tobacco companies, under charges of deceptively marketing "light" or "low tar" cigarettes as being healthier.
Researchers have developed an experimental malaria vaccine able to reduce the rate of infection in children by 53 to 65 percent in two clinical trials; one in Kenya and the other in Tanzania. Scientists described it as a 'hopeful beginning.'