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  • Canada court orders tobacco firms to pay smokers Can$15.5 bn

    A Canadian court on Monday ordered tobacco firms to pay Can$15.5 billion (US$12.4 billion) to smokers in Quebec who claimed they were never warned about the health risks associated with smoking. Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald said they would appeal the award…

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  • US launches largest trial of precision medicine in cancer

    The United States launched the largest clinical trial of its kind Monday aimed at studying targeted therapies for cancer based on the genetic traits of tumors, a field known as precision medicine. The US National Cancer Institute plans to enroll about 1,000 patients beginning in July, experts said…

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  • How much does it cost to stay fit?

    As the summer season approaches, many Americans’ minds turn to the beach and how they’ll look in their two-piece. Here’s a look at how much we spend on getting buff and healthy and strategies to save.

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  • Number of child cancer survivors quadruples in US, Canada

    Modern medicine has made huge strides when it comes to treating children with cancer, and four times as many youths now survive cancer compared to decades ago, researchers said. Life expectancy after a battle with pediatric cancer is also longer than it used to be, according to the findings…

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  • Disrupting psychology: Text a shrink for $25/week. Does it work?

    Therapy is known as the talking cure. But if the New York-based tech startup Talkspace has its way, therapy will also become known as the texting cure. The company scored a round of $9.5 million in funding earlier this month from investors who have backed companies like Twitter (TWTR) and Tumblr…

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  • Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia

    Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and…

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  • S. Korea reports seven MERS cases, one suspect flies to China

    South Korea said Thursday it had confirmed two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business trip. The infections, all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after…

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  • US to review pilot mental health issues after Germanwings crash

    The Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly. The crash of a Germanwings flight in France in late March, killing all 150 people aboard, apparently was deliberately caused by a co-pilot who had a history of…

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  • 65-year-old German mum's quadruplets face big health risks: doctors

    Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks. Teacher Annegret Raunigk, who has already had 13 children, gave birth to the quadruplets by caesarian section in…

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  • New study backs risk estimate for contraceptive pills

    The broadest study of its kind on Wednesday backed estimates that newer kinds of contraceptive pills carry a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. The probe, published in the BMJ, compared oral contraceptives containing a synthetic version of the hormone progestogen with earlier versions of the…

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  • WHO shake-up approved after Ebola debacle

    The World Health Organization got the go-ahead Tuesday for a sweeping shake-up, including a $100-million war chest to battle future emergencies following the Ebola fiasco. Delegates from 180 countries at the annual World Health Assembly, which ended Tuesday, approved plans for a contingency fund…

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  • War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam

    Almost two-thirds of the population of war-torn Yemen have no access to clean water, two months into the Saudi-led air campaign against rebel forces, relief agency Oxfam said Tuesday. "Ongoing air strikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional three million Yemenis are now…

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  • Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk

    Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were…

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  • North American weed poses hay fever problem for Europe

    Itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American weed goes on the rampage, scientists said on Monday. Introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is a plant with reddish…

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  • Countries vow to all but eradicate malaria by 2030: WHO

    Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020…

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  • Sweden to give single women access to reproductive help

    Sweden said Thursday it wants to give single women access to assisted reproductive technologies, following in the footsteps of several other Western nations. "We want to lift the ban on single women from our current law on medically assisted reproduction," Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom told…

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  • Red Nose Day comes to America, aiding children

    Red, clown-style noses sprouted like mushrooms on faces across America Thursday in a fundraiser to help needy children. In its first iteration of a long-standing British charity drive, Red Nose Day saw the likes of Kim Kardashian and "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage don a cherry red ball on…

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