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  • Chikungunya virus kills 25 in Colombia

    Bogota (AFP) - The virus chikungunya has killed 25 people in Colombia in less than a year, the National Health Institute said.

    AFP
  • Obesity in pregnancy puts child at diabetes risk

    Women who are obese while pregnant may put their offspring at risk of childhood diabetes, a condition that requires lifelong insulin therapy, Swedish researchers said Tuesday. "Maternal overweight and obesity in early pregnancy were associated with increased risk of type 1 diabetes in the…

    AFP
  • Chipotle takes genetically modified foods off menus

    US fast-food chain Chipotle said Monday it had crossed off food made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) from its menus, saying they haven't been proven safe for consumption and the environment. "There is a lot of debate about genetically modified foods," said Steve Ells, Chipotle's founder,…

    AFP
  • 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,…

    AFP
  • 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
  • Scientists urge moratorium after Chinese 'edit' human embryos

    Global scientists on Thursday renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit human embryos after a Chinese team published details of a breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in science. First reported by Nature News on Wednesday, the paper by Junjiu Huang, a gene-function…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • More than 26,000 have been infected with Ebola: WHO

    More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began and more than 10,800 have died, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health body also warned that the decline in confirmed cases appeared to have stagnated, urging increased efforts to stop transmission…

    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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Another study finds no link between vaccine, autism

    Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), even among high risk children, according to US research published Tuesday. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are based on a study of about…

    AFP
  • 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