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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

    Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday. Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbawe opposed listing the mineral also known as white asbestos,…

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  • Morocco to allow abortion in certain cases

    Morocco is to allow abortion in cases of rape or serious foetal malformation, the Royal Palace announced Friday after a heated debate on illegal abortions in the North African nation. It came after a royal audience at which the ministers of justice and Islamic affairs and the president of the…

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  • 30 minutes of exercise is key to health in old age

    Elderly men who do 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week are likely to have a 40-percent lower risk of death compared to couch-potato counterparts, researchers said Friday. For men in this age group, just a small amount of regular exercise -- regardless of intensity -- is as beneficial…

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  • Marijuana K-cups and coffee pods are here

    In Seattle, Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop sells pods of Catapult “premium infused coffee." Meanwhile, several startups also are trying to break into the cannabis coffee space with infused coffee pods and other products.

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  • UK experts urge $2bn global fund to develop antibiotics

    The global pharmaceutical industry should set up a $2.0 billion (1.8-billion euro) global innovation fund to help kickstart research into developing more resistant antibiotics, experts said on Thursday. The report was by the British government appointed Review on Antimicrobial Resistance…

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  • US House moves to ban abortions after 20 weeks

    US House Republicans passed legislation Wednesday that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, a vote criticized by women's rights advocates but emblematic of conservatives' staunch pro-life position. The House voted 242 to 184 in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection…

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  • Out on a limb: Octopus inspires medical robotics

    Scientists in Italy said Thursday they had devised a prototype arm inspired by the octopus that may one day lead to minimally-invasive robotic surgery. "The human body represents a highly challenging and non-structured environment, where the capabilities of the octopus can provide several…

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  • Vitamin B3 reduces risk of skin cancer: study

    A certain type of vitamin B3 may help reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent, according to research released Wednesday ahead of a major US cancer conference. Known as nicotinamide, the vitamin supplement was shown to enhance DNA repair and restore the skin's immunity, said the…

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