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  • Ice cream for primates as Europe feels the heat

    A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN…

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  • Chinese people getting 'taller and fatter'

    Adult obesity rates reached 9.6 percent in 2012, more than doubling over a decade, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on national nutrition and chronic diseases. "The problem of overweight and obesity is rising sharply as the dietary make-up has changed," Wang…

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  • South Korea waives visa fees to attract tourists amid MERS

    South Korea on Wednesday said it would waive visa fees for visitors from China and Southeast Asia as it struggles to recover from the MERS outbreak which has seen tourist numbers plummet. The justice ministry said visas which had been already issued would be extended for another three months as…

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  • Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 global deaths a year: study

    Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary…

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  • US Supreme Court halts Texas abortion clinics closure

    The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily halted the closure of most of the abortion clinics in Texas, two days before rules forcing them to shut their doors were due to go into effect. Abortion providers said the rules -- which included requiring clinics to follow costly hospital-like building…

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  • Longer schooling brakes AIDS spread

    Longer schooling seems to be an effective and affordable way to cut the risk of HIV infection in AIDS-endemic countries, according to the results of a study in Botswana published Monday. Data collected among 7,018 people in Botswana found that an extra year of secondary schooling lowered the risk…

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  • Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

    One of the three districts of Sierra Leone where new cases of Ebola have been recorded will jail those who break a new emergency by-law designed to prevent the spread of the disease, an official said Sunday. The District Ebola Response Centre Coordinator, Raymond Kabia said "a high-level…

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  • Dalai Lama urges happiness and peace at Glastonbury

    The Dalai Lama made his first appearance at Glastonbury on Sunday, spending an hour in the rain addressing festival-goers on how the world could be a happier place. The elderly Buddhist monk hailed the "full joy" of the revellers present, and got into the spirit himself by wearing a Glastonbury…

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  • 'Feminist drone' delivers abortion pills to Poland

    Feminist activists on Saturday sent a drone from Germany to Poland carrying abortion pills to highlight the staunchly Catholic country's restrictive abortion laws. The pills are not available in Poland and Jula Gaweda of the feminist organisation Feminoteka said that two Polish women -- who were…

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  • Polish parliament passes law regulating IVF

    Poland's parliament adopted a law Thursday on in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which was previously allowed in the mostly Catholic country but remained unregulated because of opposition from the right and the Church. Lawmakers voted 261 in favour and 176 against with six abstentions for the law,…

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  • South Korea unveils $14 bn stimulus package to spur growth

    South Korea on Thursday announced a $14 billion stimulus package to boost its troubled economy, hammered by the deadly MERS outbreak which has dented consumer spending and business sentiment. In announcing the 15 trillion won programme -- which follows a central bank interest rate cut to a record…

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  • Blood, saliva prototype finds most oral cancers

    A new test that uses blood and saliva to detect head and neck cancers has shown promise in a small number of patients, researchers said Wednesday. While it will likely be years before the test is available to the public, the findings by researchers at Johns Hopkins University have raised hope for…

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  • Protein may yield early detection of pancreatic cancer

    Scientists said Wednesday they had identified a marker in blood for pancreatic cancer, raising hopes for a test that would allow earlier diagnosis of this deadly disease. A research team from the United States and Europe said people with cancer of the pancreas had a protein called glypican-1…

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  • Ebola setback for Sierra Leone as capital records new cases

    Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic. The government's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) told AFP late on Tuesday three cases had emerged in the…

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  • Nestle tries to win Indian hearts after Maggi noodle ban

    Nestle chief Paul Bulcke says he has drawn the lessons from India's shock ban on its Maggi instant noodles over a health scare and is now trying to salvage the image of the world's top food company. Bulcke insisted that its hugely popular Maggi brand was 100 percent safe, saying that packaged food…

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  • Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control: study

    Untreated malaria in Guinea surged as a result of the Ebola scare and probably caused far more deaths than the dreaded haemorrhagic fever itself, doctors reported Wednesday. Tens of thousands shunned seeking help for malaria, fearing infection from people with Ebola or confinement if they showed…

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  • Drugs and dollars: Adding in costs to your health care options

    Cancer doctors' group says costs should be part of the treatment decision-making process

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