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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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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.

    Yahoo Finance
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP
  • The richest people in every state

    A fresh look at the state of American wealth.

    Forbes
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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,…

    AFP
  • WHO draws up plan to eradicate Ebola

    The World Health Organization on Tuesday unveiled a plan to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus, aiming to identify and isolate the dwindling number of new cases by the end of May. In its new plan, the UN health agency stressed the importance of maintaining the massive efforts to rid the…

    AFP
  • Ultimate frequent-flyer guide

    Consumer Reports reveals what the airlines won’t tell you so you can get the flight you want.

    Consumer Reports
  • America's kids are finally moving out

    Young people might finally start forming...

    Business Insider
  • 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
  • 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…

    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