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  • 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…

    AFP
  • Drugs giant GSK says net profits soar

    British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday said its net profit rocketed in the first quarter on a vast exceptional gain following a deal with Swiss peer Novartis. Earnings after tax surged to £8.089 billion ($12.3 billion, 11.0 billion euros) in the three months to the end of March, compared…

    AFP
  • 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)...…

    AFP
  • 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 ...

    Associated Press
  • China to lift drug price controls from June 1

    The Chinese government said on Tuesday it will scrap long-standing state price controls on most medicines, effective June 1, as part of market-oriented reforms. The government will no longer impose upper limits on retail prices for drugs, government agencies including the National Development and…

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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
  • Connected devices and your privacy

    These products are convenient, but they all collect a lot of personal data. Should you be worried?

    Consumer Reports
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

    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
  • 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.

    Yahoo Finance
  • 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