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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
South Korean 'mock funerals' seek to ease life's stresses
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HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a dimly lit room, people dressed in white burial shrouds slowly sit up inside the wooden coffins where they had been lying, enclosed, for 10 minutes. Blinking, pale and solemn, they say they thought about their past and their loved
Iran's health minister: Swine flu kills 42 across country
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's healthy minister says an outbreak of swine flu has killed at least 42 people in the country over the past month. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi says 33 of the deaths from the H1N1 virus occurred in southeastern Kerman province. He says 600 people who contracted the virus
Mexican safety agency approves first use of dengue vaccine
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities approved the first vaccine to gain official acceptance for use against the dengue virus, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The federal medical safety agency said Wednesday the vaccine has
UN says malaria cases drop but progress in Africa is slower
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MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The number of malaria cases worldwide has dropped in recent years but the countries with the biggest outbreaks have made the least progress, according to a new report Tuesday by the World Health Organization. The vast majority of malaria cases
UN: 420,000 people die annually from tainted food
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BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says some 420,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases, with young children accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths. The U.N. health agency says it estimates that about 600 million people fall ill annually after consuming tainted
India's government restores funding for HIV-AIDS program
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's federal government said it will restore funding to the country's HIV-AIDS program months after it cut its contribution and asked regional governments to fill in the gaps. Health Minister J.P. Nadda said late Tuesday the government was committed to combatting HIV-AIDS
Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code. "We sense that we
Health authorities: 1 confirmed Ebola case in Liberia
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JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health officials in Liberia said Friday they had confirmed a new case of the deadly Ebola disease, more than two months after the West African nation was declared Ebola-free for a second time. It is a setback for Liberia, one
Nepal facing medicine shortages due to fuel crisis, blockade
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Doctors in Nepal say shortages of life-saving medicines because of political protests that have blocked key roads could lead to a crisis as hospitals are starting to cut services. Dr. Mukti Ram Shrestha of the Nepal Medical Association says hospitals are rescheduling
Transplant gives new face, scalp to burned firefighter
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MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone
Rare TB case shows difficulty diagnosing, treating children
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When a 2-year-old returned sick from a visit to India, U.S. doctors suspected tuberculosis even though standard tests said no. It would take three months to confirm she had an extreme form of the disease — a saga that highlights the desperate need for better ways to fight TB
Sierra Leone declared free of Ebola transmissions
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone free from Ebola transmissions on Saturday, as West Africa battles to stamp out the deadly virus that is holding on in neighboring Guinea. Nearly 4,000 people have died in Sierra Leone of Ebola since the outbreak
Germany passes law allowing some types of assisted suicide
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BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers passed a bill Friday allowing assisted suicide for "altruistic motives" but banning the practice in cases where it is being conducted on a "business" basis. The issue is a particularly sensitive topic in a country where the last time euthanasia was part of public
Report: NASA needs better handle on health hazards for Mars
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MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday. In an extensive audit, NASA's inspector general office looked at the space
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