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Beijing denies US claim that China is synthetic drug king
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BEIJING (AP) — U.S. assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the U.S. and Canada are unsubstantiated, Chinese officials told the Associated Press. Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the White House Office of
WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
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GENEVA (AP) — More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in
National Urorenal and Fertility Center to be opened next month
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State hospital, Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) has said that the National Urorenal and Fertility Center would be opened next month. CEO of IGMH, Faruhath Shaheer told Sun Media today that the hospital do not have the facilities for urology related testing at the time. And the when the
Singapore in battle mode against Zika after infections rise
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore is encouraging residents to use insect repellent, clear blockages in drains and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from mosquitoes after the number of Zika infections rose to 189 in the city-state. Open-air food centers in affected districts had few
South Africa to give free HIV treatment to all infected
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OHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it will now provide free treatment to all people infected with HIV, regardless of the condition of their immune system. Before Thursday's announcement by the country's health department, people were eligible for free treatment based on a certain measure of
Pennsylvania firm launches Zika vaccine trial in Puerto Rico
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Pennsylvania drug company announced Monday that it has launched a clinical trial of a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. will be testing its DNA-based vaccine candidate on 160
Florida governor: Zika spread by mosquitoes in South Beach
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MIAMI (AP) — South Beach has been identified as second site of Zika transmission by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland, Florida's governor said Friday. But Gov. Rick Scott said the state does not plan to advise people to stay away from the beaches, nightclubs and pedestrian thoroughfares that
UN bungles response to Africa's yellow fever outbreak
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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than 6 million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about 1
Needle stealing highlights issue tracking health workers
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DENVER (AP) — The latest public health scare involving a Colorado surgical technician has revealed states have more work ahead in trying to prevent needle-stealing hospital workers from getting hired. Authorities say an HIV-positive surgical tech stole syringes with fentanyl and endangered
Rocking fatherhood: A dude's how-to guide on staying cool
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NEW YORK (AP) — Before parenthood, Chris Kornelis rocked it as a music writer for Seattle Weekly. Two kids later, he's still making a living as a writer, a freelancer, and recently added a new book to his resume, a how-to guide for dads-to-be who want to stay cool. And he rocks that, too. Who
Pakistan says new sampling shows progress against polio
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — For the first time in Pakistan's history all the previous month's environmental samples for polio have tested negative — a sign of progress in the campaign to eradicate the virus, an official said Monday. A total of 40 samples were collected from 14 cities in mid-April under
Bone cement company accused of experimenting on humans
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SEATTLE (AP) — Reba Golden hurt her back after falling two floors while building an addition to her house in Honduras. But when she returned to Seattle for a routine spinal surgery, she suffered blood clots, severe bleeding and died in 2007 on the operating table. Joan Bryant's back had
Tricky talks ahead on measures to battle Zika
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate are facing tricky negotiations with each other and the White House over how to handle the public health threat posed by the Zika virus. In the House, a partisan 241-184 vote Wednesday night to pass a $622 million bill to
Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Health authorities in Panama say they've identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Department's chief epidemiologist says all four cases occurred among mothers of the Guna Yala indigenous group. Dr. Israel Cedeno said
FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has
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