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  • Obese kids face stigma, flunk school: European research

    Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six. Britain had the second-highest rate with 23.1 percent, followed by Albania with 22 percent and Georgia with…

  • Europe's obesity crisis expands to 'enormous proportions'

    Europe faces an obesity crisis of "enormous proportions" as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity inflate waistlines and health costs, the World Health Organization claimed Wednesday. Nearly all adults in Ireland -- one of Europe's fattest nations -- will be overweight by 2030, the European…

  • Why is Europe so fat? Questions and Answers

    World Health Organization research published Wednesday contends that Europe is getting fatter every year, and heading for an obesity crisis. Q: Why is the obesity problem so difficult to tackle? It is necessary to collaborate with politicians, urban planners, architects and sociologists to really…

  • Austrian magazine printed with HIV blood

    An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday. "We wanted to make a statement against the stigma and the irrational fears (about)...…

  • Ebola end in sight as weekly infections drop to single figures

    The two African countries still battling Ebola have both recorded weekly infections in single figures for the first time since the peak of the epidemic, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Guinea and Sierra Leone each reported nine new cases in the seven days up to Sunday, in sharp contrast to six…

  • High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

    Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes ...

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  • Dengue cases soar in Brazil, as death toll climbs

    Cases of dengue have soared in Brazil where the disease has caused 229 fatalities this year, the Health Ministry said Monday, as authorities try to combat its spread using transgenic mosquitos. The number of dengue deaths has climbed 44 percent from the same period last year, and most of the…

  • Second patient dies in France's artificial heart trial

    The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said Tuesday. The 69-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, was terminally ill when he received the experimental heart that was…

  • Mom launches company to cure daughter's fatal disorder

    Karen Aiach's daughter Ornella has Sanfilippo Syndrome. When she was diagnosed Karen started a company to find a cure and they're getting close.

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  • S.African man dies naturally on same day as winning right to die

    A terminally-ill South African man died of natural causes Thursday on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation. Retired advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, was reported to be heavily sedated and a statement…

  • Stone, Portman and Coen brothers to host Cannes AIDS gala

    Paris (AFP) - Sharon Stone, Natalie Portman and Cannes jury presidents the Coen brothers will host a star-studded AIDS fundraising gala on the sidelines of next month's glamorous French film festival, organisers said Wednesday.

  • Sweden bans supermarket paracetemol sales after overdose hike

    Sweden said Wednesday that it will ban the sale of paracetamol tablets in supermarkets due to a sharp rise in overdoses in the six years since they became available outside of pharmacies. "Non-prescription paracetamol tablets can no longer be sold outside of pharmacies after November 1, 2015," the…

  • World failing in fight against antibiotic resistance: WHO

    The world is doing far too little to combat the misuse of antibiotics which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In its first ever analysis of how countries are responding to the problem of antimicrobial…

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  • China chokes as tobacco profits a tough habit to quit

    In the tobacco-producing heartland of China -- the world's largest cigarette market -- smoking is commonplace at work, in taxis and even in hospitals. Many tobacco companies are set up here in Yunnan," said Zhang Jie, as he lit up on the doorstep of his office in Baoshan. "It's good for the…

  • Homosexual blood donor ban may be justified: EU court

    The EU's top court ruled Wednesday that governments can ban homosexual blood donors to combat HIV but only on condition they show it is still the best way to limit health risks. "It must be established whether those persons are at a high risk of acquiring severe infectious diseases, such as HIV,…

  • Two states where pot is getting cheaper

    Prices for legal marijuana are falling in Washington and Colorado, the two U.S. states where retail marijuana sales have already begun.

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