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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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  • 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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  • Cholera outbreak kills 27 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: UN

    At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action. Over 110,000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April, according to the UN…

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  • Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

    Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases. The country's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) spoke out as the World Health Organization…

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  • Airbnb eyes new rental business

    The home sharing site is developing software to help property managers streamline schedules and prices.

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  • Russian lawmakers to debate abortion restrictions

    The measure, the latest in Russia's conservative drive and embracing of church values, would allow abortions to be covered by state healthcare only if the pregnancy threatened a woman's life, according to one of the authors of the bill, Yelena Mizulina. "An abortion is not a medical or…

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  • Gene breakthrough sparks 'home-brewed morphine' fears

    Other experts agreed, saying anyone with basic skills could use such a yeast to churn out morphine, codeine and drugs using a simple home-brew beer kit. The discovery, published in the scientific journal Nature Chemical Biology, comes on the heels of a study published last month in the journal…

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  • Divorce and money: Six costly mistakes

    Divorce can be hazardous to your financial health. Splitting up is expensive, and your cost of living is likely to go up when it is all over. Experts say anecdotal evidence suggests an improving economy ...

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  • Vienna's Life Ball extravaganza draws stars in fight against AIDS

    From actress Charlize Theron to French fashion icon Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Life Ball, one of the world's biggest AIDS charity events, drew scores of celebrities to Vienna on Saturday. This year's theme was inspired by the ancient Roman festival "Ver Sanctum" or "Holy Spring", turning the…

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  • Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

    Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday. Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbawe opposed listing the mineral also known as white asbestos,…

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  • Morocco to allow abortion in certain cases

    Morocco is to allow abortion in cases of rape or serious foetal malformation, the Royal Palace announced Friday after a heated debate on illegal abortions in the North African nation. It came after a royal audience at which the ministers of justice and Islamic affairs and the president of the…

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  • 30 minutes of exercise is key to health in old age

    Elderly men who do 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week are likely to have a 40-percent lower risk of death compared to couch-potato counterparts, researchers said Friday. For men in this age group, just a small amount of regular exercise -- regardless of intensity -- is as beneficial…

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  • Marijuana K-cups and coffee pods are here

    In Seattle, Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop sells pods of Catapult “premium infused coffee." Meanwhile, several startups also are trying to break into the cannabis coffee space with infused coffee pods and other products.

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  • UK experts urge $2bn global fund to develop antibiotics

    The global pharmaceutical industry should set up a $2.0 billion (1.8-billion euro) global innovation fund to help kickstart research into developing more resistant antibiotics, experts said on Thursday. The report was by the British government appointed Review on Antimicrobial Resistance…

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  • US House moves to ban abortions after 20 weeks

    US House Republicans passed legislation Wednesday that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, a vote criticized by women's rights advocates but emblematic of conservatives' staunch pro-life position. The House voted 242 to 184 in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection…

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