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  • 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…

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  • 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
  • Amazon tribe's antibiotic resistance concerns experts

    A remote tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon appears to be resistant to modern antibiotics, even though its members have had barely any contact with the outside world, researchers said Friday. The modern era of antibiotics began in the 1940s when penicillin quickly became a popular drug.

    AFP
  • Ebola-hit countries call for $8 bn for 'Marshall Plan'

    The three West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic called for an $8 billion "Marshall Plan" on Friday to help rebuild their economies and boost prevention efforts. With the number of new cases having dwindled after the disease took more than 10,000 lives over the past year, Guinea,…

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  • Meningitis epidemic kills 75 in Niger

    A meningitis epidemic that broke out in January in Niger has killed 75 people so far, the health minister said on Thursday. The total number of nationwide cases currently stand at 697, the minister Mano Aghali said on state television. Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, is frequently…

    AFP
  • Beware triple-play TV bundles costs

    Advertised low-cost service rates may actually be much pricier.

    Consumer Reports
  • Obama pledges US aid in wiping out last traces of Ebola

    President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with the leaders of three Ebola-stricken West African nations, vowing US help in wiping out the last vestiges of the often deadly disease. "We begin by noting the incredible losses that took place in all three countries," Obama said during his meeting with…

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  • Ebola virus found in semen six months after recovery: WHO

    Traces of Ebola have been found in the semen of a man six months after his recovery, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, urging survivors to practice safe sex "until further notice". The man had been declared free of the deadly virus in Liberia last September, WHO spokesman Tarik…

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  • Study links diabetes in pregnancy to higher autism risk

    When pregnant women develop gestational diabetes early in pregnancy, their children may face a higher risk of developing autism, researchers said Tuesday. While the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) does not prove that diabetes in pregnancy causes autism,…

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  • Smartphone device may help diagnose cancer

    A new device that can be added to a smartphone may be able to accurately and cheaply diagnose cancer, a technology which could be useful in remote areas, US researchers said Monday. The research is described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal. "We…

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  • Flyer beware: Airline quality rating hits 5 year low

    An annual report on the airline industry shows those who fly are more frustrated than ever.

    Yahoo Finance
  • The average wedding guest will spend $673 this year

    Weddings may have more regrets than ever — for guests.

    MarketWatch
  • WHO warns of Caesarean 'epidemic'

    The UN's World Health Organization on Friday warned that too many women in developing and wealthy countries alike are resorting unnecessarily to Caesarean sections to give birth. Other pregnant women with a real medical need for a C-section simply do not have access to the operation, the WHO…

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  • Does midlife obesity protect against dementia?

    People who are obese in middle age run a lower risk of developing dementia later, said a large and long-term study Friday whose findings challenge the prevailing wisdom. On the other end of the scale, however, being underweight in the 40-55 age bracket was associated with a higher risk, the…

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  • Mexico closes 10 cosmetic surgery clinics in border city

    Mexican authorities have ordered the closure of 10 cosmetic surgery clinics and offices in the northwest border city of Tijuana for failing to comply with health regulations. The action, announced on Wednesday, follows the death last month of a young Australian woman after undergoing a liposuction…

    AFP
  • Barack Obama calls for end to gay 'conversion' therapies

    US President Barack Obama is calling for an end to so-called conversion therapies that seek to change sexual or gender orientation of young homosexuals or transgenders. The call is in response to a petition on the White House website that was launched after the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn,…

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  • Tommy Chong nixed from pot lobbying push as legal marijuana tries to grow up

    When the National Cannabis Industry Association descends on Capitol Hill later this month, Tommy Chong, the actor who spent years smoking up on screen and pushing for America to legalize marijuana, won’t be there.

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