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Death toll from European cold spell hits 58
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thirty people, most of them homeless, have died of hypothermia in recent days in Ukraine, part of a surge of deaths across eastern Europe as the region grapples with an unusually severe cold spell. In all, at least 58 people have died from the cold in Europe over the last
Business, social media to prevent babies with HIV
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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Business and social media leaders teamed up Friday to tackle the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies, saying the medicine and the money are largely in place, and with the right organizational skills they can eliminate HIV-infected births by 2015. John Megrue,
Sri Lanka donates eyes to the world
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At 10:25 a.m., a dark brown eye was removed from a man whose lids had closed for the last time. Five hours later, the orb was staring up at the ceiling from a stainless steel tray in an operating room with two blind patients — both waiting to give it a second
Tiny baby leaves Los Angeles hospital amid fanfare
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the world's smallest surviving babies was discharged Friday from the hospital where she spent nearly five months in an incubator — but not before getting the Hollywood treatment. Wearing a pink knit hat and wrapped in a pink princess blanket, Melinda Star Guido was
US man jokes after nail removed from his brain
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OAK LAWN, Illinois (AP) — Dante Autullo thought his doctors were joking. The suburban Chicago man was sure he'd merely cut himself with a nail gun while building a shed. But they assured him the X-ray was real: A nail was lodged in the middle of his brain. Autullo was recovering Friday after
China: Bird flu death not from human-human spread
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BEIJING (AP) — The strain of H5H1 bird flu that killed a Chinese man cannot spread among people, a health agency said Monday, appealing for calm after the country's first reported case of the disease in humans in 18 months. Genetic analysis indicated the virus spread directly from poultry to
Dutch no-smoking drive takes a hit
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — It's getting surprisingly easy to light up in the Netherlands these days — cigarettes, that is. Even as the Dutch government hardens its famous tolerance policy on marijuana, it is taking an increasingly relaxed stance toward tobacco, bucking the trend in nearly every other
Palm-sized baby, 2nd smallest in US, is growing
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor's hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces, she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world. Most infants her size don't survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home by New
Commonwealth leaders raise polio vaccine spending
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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Commonwealth government leaders meeting in Australia agreed Saturday to step up efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, despite the Afghanistan war setting back vaccination efforts there and in neighboring Pakistan. Leaders of Britain, Canada, Australia and Nigeria, as
AP IMPACT: Hospital drug shortages deadly, costly
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TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications in the U.S. A growing crisis in the availability of drugs for chemotherapy,
Brain scans let computer reconstruct movie scenes
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NEW YORK (AP) — It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed. Scientists reported that result Thursday and speculated such an approach might be able
Venezuela's Chavez: Chemotherapy has concluded
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has completed chemotherapy. Chavez is optimistic the treatment in Cuba was successful and plans to continue steering Venezuela toward socialism. Chavez says he finished his fourth and final round of chemotherapy on Wednesday
Indian leader Sonia Gandhi at work after surgery
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has resumed work six weeks after undergoing surgery abroad for an undisclosed ailment. Digvijay Singh, a top party leader, says Gandhi looks "healthy and cheerful" and participated in discussions at a party meeting on
Australia's Ioane to have surgery on broken thumb
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Powerful winger Digby Ioane is expected to play again at the World Cup despite a medical scan revealing he needs surgery after breaking his thumb in Australia's opening victory against Italy. Ioane's right hand was accidentally kicked by Italy winger Mirco
New devices like motorcycle ambulances help poor
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LONDON (AP) — A bit of creativity never hurts, especially when it comes to solving health problems in developing countries. Instead of the usual donated medicines and health equipment, some experts are inventing new products for the poor, like a solar-powered hearing aid or a motorcycle
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