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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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  • US to review pilot mental health issues after Germanwings crash

    The Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly. The crash of a Germanwings flight in France in late March, killing all 150 people aboard, apparently was deliberately caused by a co-pilot who had a history of…

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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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  • 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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  • WHO shake-up approved after Ebola debacle

    The World Health Organization got the go-ahead Tuesday for a sweeping shake-up, including a $100-million war chest to battle future emergencies following the Ebola fiasco. Delegates from 180 countries at the annual World Health Assembly, which ended Tuesday, approved plans for a contingency fund…

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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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  • 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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  • Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria by 2030: WHO

    Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020…

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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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  • 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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  • WHO chief announces operations shake-up after Ebola shock

    The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response. WHO Director General Margaret Chan told the agency's decision-making body in Geneva that she had…

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  • Divorce and money: Six costly mistakes

    Divorce can be hazardous to your financial health. Splitting up is expensive, and your cost of living is likely to go up when it is all over. Experts say anecdotal evidence suggests an improving economy ...

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