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  • Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia

    Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and…

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  • Who you gonna call? Beijing smokebusters to go on patrol

    China's capital seeks to snuff out smoking in indoor public places on Monday with a new ban, unprecedented fines and a hotline to report offenders, but enforcement is doubtful in one of the world's most tobacco-addicted countries. Seen as the toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history,…

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  • S. Korea reports seven MERS cases, one suspect flies to China

    South Korea said Thursday it had confirmed two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business trip. The infections, all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after…

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  • 65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: doctors

    Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in…

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  • Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast table

    Avian flu has forced American farmers to kill 40 million birds so far, pushing up wholesale prices for eggs sold in both grocery stores and to food manufacturers. The outbreak has been contained to just birds so far...but there's still a public health risk, even if it doesn't spread to humans.

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  • New study backs risk estimate for contraceptive pills

    The broadest study of its kind on Wednesday backed estimates that newer kinds of contraceptive pills carry a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. The probe, published in the BMJ, compared oral contraceptives containing a synthetic version of the hormone progestogen with earlier versions of the…

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  • War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam

    Almost two-thirds of the population of war-torn Yemen have no access to clean water, two months into the Saudi-led air campaign against rebel forces, relief agency Oxfam said Tuesday. "Ongoing air strikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional three million Yemenis are now…

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  • Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk

    Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were…

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  • North American weed poses hay fever problem for Europe

    Itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American weed goes on the rampage, scientists said on Monday. Introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is a plant with reddish…

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  • Sweden to give single women access to reproductive help

    Sweden said Thursday it wants to give single women access to assisted reproductive technologies, following in the footsteps of several other Western nations. "We want to lift the ban on single women from our current law on medically assisted reproduction," Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom told…

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  • Red Nose Day comes to America, aiding children

    Red, clown-style noses sprouted like mushrooms on faces across America Thursday in a fundraiser to help needy children. In its first iteration of a long-standing British charity drive, Red Nose Day saw the likes of Kim Kardashian and "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage don a cherry red ball on…

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  • Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: UN

    At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action. Over 110,000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April, according to the UN…

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  • Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

    Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases. The country's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) spoke out as the World Health Organization…

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  • Dutch doctor who gave wrong diagnoses could face longer sentence

    Prosecutors in the Netherlands on Wednesday called for a longer prison term for a former neurologist convicted for giving wrong diagnoses, which led one patient to commit suicide. Ernst Jansen Steur "mistreated and neglected eight patients", and "systematically made serious mistakes concerning his…

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  • Airbnb eyes new rental business

    The home sharing site is developing software to help property managers streamline schedules and prices.

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  • Russian lawmakers to debate abortion restrictions

    The measure, the latest in Russia's conservative drive and embracing of church values, would allow abortions to be covered by state healthcare only if the pregnancy threatened a woman's life, according to one of the authors of the bill, Yelena Mizulina. "An abortion is not a medical or…

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  • Gene breakthrough sparks 'home-brewed morphine' fears

    Other experts agreed, saying anyone with basic skills could use such a yeast to churn out morphine, codeine and drugs using a simple home-brew beer kit. The discovery, published in the scientific journal Nature Chemical Biology, comes on the heels of a study published last month in the journal…

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