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  • Malnutrition brings a terrible disease to children in Niger

    Mourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition. "It was better before," the teenager says shyly and simply in the arid heartland of Niger, one of the world's poorest…

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  • Tests rule out MERS in Czech tour guide

    Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech tour guide hospitalised in Prague, the health minister said Friday. "Based on laboratory tests on the patient... I can definitely confirm the disease was not MERS," Svatopluk Nemecek told reporters without elaborating. The…

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  • Court clears German safety body in breast implant scare

    A French appeals court on Thursday cleared German safety standards body TUV of liability in a faulty breast implant scandal, meaning hundreds of women will have to pay back damages they received. The ruling overturns a decision by a lower French court in 2013 which had found TUV liable and ordered…

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  • Chinese people getting 'taller and fatter'

    Adult obesity rates reached 9.6 percent in 2012, more than doubling over a decade, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on national nutrition and chronic diseases. "The problem of overweight and obesity is rising sharply as the dietary make-up has changed," Wang…

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  • South Korea waives visa fees to attract tourists amid MERS

    South Korea on Wednesday said it would waive visa fees for visitors from China and Southeast Asia as it struggles to recover from the MERS outbreak which has seen tourist numbers plummet. The justice ministry said visas which had been already issued would be extended for another three months as…

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  • Spain warns of risk to elderly as it bakes in heatwave

    Spain remained locked in a heat wave on Tuesday with most of the country on high alert for forest fires and the elderly urged to take extra care. Spain's national weather office put 40 of the nation's 50 provinces on either "yellow" or "orange" alert due to the scorching temperatures which are…

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  • Ciguatera fish poisoning more common than thought

    Tracy Calvert was vacationing in the Bahamas last December when she ate the almond-crusted grouper that changed her life. The illness is caused by a toxin that can be found in some large saltwater fish, including barracuda, grouper and amberjack. Researchers found that in Florida, cases of…

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  • US Supreme Court halts Texas abortion clinics closure

    The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily halted the closure of most of the abortion clinics in Texas, two days before rules forcing them to shut their doors were due to go into effect. Abortion providers said the rules -- which included requiring clinics to follow costly hospital-like building…

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  • Longer schooling brakes AIDS spread

    Longer schooling seems to be an effective and affordable way to cut the risk of HIV infection in AIDS-endemic countries, according to the results of a study in Botswana published Monday. Data collected among 7,018 people in Botswana found that an extra year of secondary schooling lowered the risk…

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  • Dalai Lama urges happiness and peace at Glastonbury

    The Dalai Lama made his first appearance at Glastonbury on Sunday, spending an hour in the rain addressing festival-goers on how the world could be a happier place. The elderly Buddhist monk hailed the "full joy" of the revellers present, and got into the spirit himself by wearing a Glastonbury…

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  • 'Feminist drone' delivers abortion pills to Poland

    Feminist activists on Saturday sent a drone from Germany to Poland carrying abortion pills to highlight the staunchly Catholic country's restrictive abortion laws. The pills are not available in Poland and Jula Gaweda of the feminist organisation Feminoteka said that two Polish women -- who were…

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  • Pro-choice drone to fly into Catholic Poland

    A Dutch women's rights group said Thursday it will fly a drone carrying abortion pills into Poland this weekend to highlight the staunchly Catholic country's restrictive abortion laws. The drone will set off from the German city of Frankfurt an der Oder, fly over the river to the bordering Polish…

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  • Polish parliament passes law regulating IVF

    Poland's parliament adopted a law Thursday on in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which was previously allowed in the mostly Catholic country but remained unregulated because of opposition from the right and the Church. Lawmakers voted 261 in favour and 176 against with six abstentions for the law,…

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  • South Korea unveils $14 bn stimulus package to spur growth

    South Korea on Thursday announced a $14 billion stimulus package to boost its troubled economy, hammered by the deadly MERS outbreak which has dented consumer spending and business sentiment. In announcing the 15 trillion won programme -- which follows a central bank interest rate cut to a record…

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  • Blood, saliva prototype finds most oral cancers

    A new test that uses blood and saliva to detect head and neck cancers has shown promise in a small number of patients, researchers said Wednesday. While it will likely be years before the test is available to the public, the findings by researchers at Johns Hopkins University have raised hope for…

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  • Protein may yield early detection of pancreatic cancer

    Scientists said Wednesday they had identified a marker in blood for pancreatic cancer, raising hopes for a test that would allow earlier diagnosis of this deadly disease. A research team from the United States and Europe said people with cancer of the pancreas had a protein called glypican-1…

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  • Ebola setback for Sierra Leone as capital records new cases

    Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic. The government's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) told AFP late on Tuesday three cases had emerged in the…

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