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Brazil: 270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,180 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But so far, only 270 of the cases have been confirmed by
Research begins into possibility of a vaccine for Zika virus
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America. Don't expect protection anytime soon — vaccine development typically takes
Sierra Leone: Youth protest against Ebola restrictions
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REETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse youths protesting Ebola restrictions that have halted market activity in Sierra Leone's northern Kambia district, police said. The restrictions were introduced after two Ebola cases emerged this month, and authorities
US case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial
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BOSTON (AP) — A decade after a group of American smokers sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury. Smokers from the state of Massachusetts allege in the class-action lawsuit that Philip Morris
Health officials probe tie between Zika, paralyzing syndrome
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support. The Zika virus has already been
Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic thought over
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the first victim testing positive for the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people, authorities said Thursday. About 150 of the first
The world's oldest man, a Japanese, dies at age 112
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TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said. Yasutaro Koide had said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it. Koide, who was born on March 13, 1903, died two months short of his
UNICEF witnessed death of teenager in besieged Syria town
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BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says it has witnessed cases of severe malnutrition among children in a besieged Syrian town and the death of a teenager "in front of our eyes." Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria, says in a statement Friday that the 16-year-old identified as
WHO declares end to Ebola transmission in West Africa
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GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Thursday declared an end to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa after no new cases emerged in Liberia, while cautioning that the world cannot yet be fully declared free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives during a two-year
Study: Mexico violence caused drop in male life expectancy
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new study suggests that Mexico's drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation's male life expectancy to drop by several months. Experts say the violence from 2005-2010 partly reversed decades of steady gains, noting that homicide rates
Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been like a long-delayed New Year's resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care reform law. The bill undoing the president's signature legislative achievement will be
Puerto Rico reports its first mosquito-borne Zika case
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is reporting its first case of Zika, a dengue-like virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Health Secretary Ana Rius said Thursday that the unidentified patient had not traveled recently and lives in the island's eastern
End of meat? Startups seek alternatives for the masses
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CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat. Veggie patties have been around for decades, but Brown and others want to make foods without animal products that look, cook and taste like the
Guinea declared free of Ebola transmissions
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization has declared the end of Ebola in Guinea, commending the people and the government on the achievement. The U.N. organization is holding a ceremony Tuesday to mark the step forward in the West African country where the worst Ebola outbreak in
Brazil fears birth defects linked to mosquito-borne virus
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(AP) — In the early weeks of Angelica Pereira's pregnancy, a mosquito bite began bothering her. At first it seemed a small thing. But the next day she awoke with a rash, a headache, a fever and a burning in her eyes. The symptoms disappeared within four days, but she fears the virus has left
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