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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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  • Lawmaker held over unsafe burial in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

    Alie Badara, from the northern district of Kambia, is accused of taking part in a traditional burial ceremony on Friday last week without informing the authorities of the death, according to Assistant Inspector-General Fuk Daboh. Guinea, where the outbreak began in late 2013, recorded nine new…

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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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  • Who you gonna call? Beijing smokebusters to go on patrol

    China's capital seeks to snuff out smoking in indoor public places on Monday with a new ban, unprecedented fines and a hotline to report offenders, but enforcement is doubtful in one of the world's most tobacco-addicted countries. Seen as the toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history,…

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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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  • Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast table

    Avian flu has forced American farmers to kill 40 million birds so far, pushing up wholesale prices for eggs sold in both grocery stores and to food manufacturers. The outbreak has been contained to just birds so far...but there's still a public health risk, even if it doesn't spread to humans.

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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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  • 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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