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  • Dutchman tapped to head UN Ebola mission

    The United Nations announced Saturday it has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the world body's new chief of mission to fight Ebola. Graaff is replacing Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed at UNMEER, after the Mauritanian diplomat was appointed to special UN envoy for Yemen. Graaff will work…

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  • Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

    Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday. The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany,…

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  • Pepsi dropping sweetener aspartame from diet cola drinks

    PepsiCo said Friday it was bowing to customer demand and doing away with the controversial sweetener aspartame in its diet line of cola drinks in the US. Starting in August, Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will be sweetened with a mixture of sucralose and acesulfame…

    AFP
  • Tragic newborn was UK's youngest organ donor

    A newborn baby who died after just 100 minutes became Britain's youngest organ donor after his kidneys and heart valves were given to adult patients, the National Health Service (NHS) said Thursday. Teddy Houlston and twin Noah were born in Cardiff, Wales, on April 22, 2014, but parents Jess Evans…

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  • Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

    An Australian blogger who found fame after claiming she was conquering brain cancer through natural therapy, her app even getting chosen for the new Apple watch, admitted Thursday she never had the disease. Belle Gibson launched her successful The Whole Pantry business in 2013 -- billed as the…

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  • UN sees uphill malaria fight despite 'phenomenal' success

    Malaria still claims nearly 600,000 lives a year, the UN said Thursday, urging further action to boost recent strides in combatting the disease. A growing resistance to a frontline malaria drug is compounding the other shortcomings in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, the World Health…

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  • Bird flu spreads in US, but risk to people 'low'

    Bird flu is spreading among wild birds, chickens and turkeys across much of the United States but health authorities said Wednesday there is a low risk of people getting sick. Since December 2014, cases of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza virus have spread through 16 states in the…

    AFP
  • Balding German man refused free wig

    Baldness among older men is not a medical condition requiring health insurance companies to cover a toupee or wig, a German federal court ruled Wednesday, turning down a 76-year-old man's bid for false hair. The man from the western town of Contwig, who has suffered from a lack of scalp hair as…

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  • One child in five still not vaccinated, says WHO

    One-fifth of the world's children are still not receiving routine life-saving vaccinations and efforts to ensure global immunisation coverage remain "far off track," the World Health Organization said Wednesday. "Today WHO is calling for the global community to close the immunisation gap and the…

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  • Bird flu outbreak, ice cream recall: Is our food safe?

    5.3 million chickens are at risk from a bird flu outbreak in Iowa and some Blue Bell ice cream is being recalled after listeria was found in some packages.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Amazon’s new travel service enters lucrative online travel market

    Hotels may offer rooms through Amazon Destinations in specific niches.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Mind training as effective as anti-depressants

    A form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid…

    AFP
  • Mayor in standoff with chemical firms in Israel's Haifa

    The mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates. The standoff began Sunday when Mayor Yona Yahav ordered the revocation of the five firms' business licences…

    AFP
  • Forget the martini lunch, sweatworking mixes business with exercise

    By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sweatworking, the growing practice of meeting clients for a walk, a run or a fitness class, is elbowing networking out of bars and restaurants and into boutique fitness studios. “Sweatworking was born out of a desire to connect with clients on a deeper…

    Reuters
  • Your weakest security link? Your children

    They are always making mischief online. Here’s how to rein them in.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Canada quarantines chicken farm infected with bird flu

    Canadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted Friday after the "sudden deaths" of some chickens confirmed the presence of the virus. More tests are being performed…

    AFP
  • You Have the Power to Rewire Your Brain for More Joy

    Practicing mindfulness not only improves your ability to focus and feel joy, but it can also change the chemistry of your brain.

    Entrepreneur