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Two entrepreneurs in Australia have found a way to help those stricken by the severe air pollution sweeping across the developing countries in Asia, especially China, by selling fresh Australian air.

Almost one-third of antibiotics prescribed in U.S. are not needed

An in-depth study shows that nearly one in three prescriptions for antibiotics handed out in emergency rooms, doctor's offices and medical clinics in the U.S. are not needed.

Listeria outbreak spurs CRF to expand frozen food recall

Hundreds of frozen food products sold under dozens of brand names are being recalled in all 50 states and Canada over listeria fears. Two people have already died from listeria infections linked to the recalled products.

U.S. science center withdraw from sterile products manufacturing

The U.S. public-sector science base, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced it will suspend all research related to sterile medicinal products after the test areas were found to be out of compliance with good practices.

WHO aims to wipe out malaria within two decades

The World health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2030. The United Nations health agency thinks that this feat is achievable, provided resources are provided by world governments.

U.K. health services make a stand against obesity

One third of hospital trusts in the U.K. are refusing to treat people who are classified as obese for routine surgical procedures. Those classed as obese are told to come back when they have lost weight.

California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination

Two lawsuits filed in California claim that Muslim women were discriminated against in separate incidents because of their religion and for wearing the hijab.

Happy tears as first US-Cuba cruise in decades docks

Cuban Americans wept with joy Monday as they stepped onto their parents' homeland off the first US cruise ship to sail to the island in half a century.

'You're never alone': Russia celebrates its communal flats

A leftover from the Soviet era, the communal flat or "kommunalka" with bathroom and kitchen shared by a dozen or so residents is very much alive in Russia's historic city of Saint Petersburg.

First U.S.-to-Cuba cruise ship in decades sets sail

The first US cruise ship bound for Cuba in half a century set sail from Florida on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Quaker Oats accused of using weed killer in production

Quaker Oats is being sued for millions by a man from Brooklyn who claims they use a dangerous weed killer during production.

Breathalyzer invented to detect marijuana use

It had to happen at some stage. The world’s first breathalyzer that can detect if someone is under the influence of marijuana has been invented. The device is likely to be adopted by many law enforcement agencies.

Fatty diets leading to sleeplessness and poor sleep

Australian scientists have analysed data that indicates men who eat high fat diets are most likely to feel sleepy at periods during the day. Such men are also more likely to experience sleep problems at night.

New medicines for rare, but serious, childhood illnesses

In Europe advances have been made for children with Crohn's disease and with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Both represent advances in the treatment of serious childhood illnesses.

Ghanaian crowned first 'Miss Africa Continent'

Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first 'Miss Africa Continent'.

Op-Ed: Another chicken recall due to plastic and rubber pieces

Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, Louisiana is recalling approximately 220,450 pounds of fully-cooked frozen chicken breast nuggets that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic and rubber.

Zika linked to autoimmune disorder

Zika virus disease has been affecting a host of countries worldwide, with Brazil in particular hit hard. As scientists examine the virus and its effects on the human body, new manifestations become apparent. The latest is a type of autoimmune disease.

Multiple courts to try Berlusconi, party girls in sex and lies case

Multiple courts across Italy will join forces to try billionaire Silvio Berlusconi and the young women he is accused of bribing to lie under oath, a judge in Milan ruled Friday.

Op-Ed: One woman's life in an oyster shell of chaos reveals a pearl Special

The comedian/entertainer Phyllis Diller in an interview once said that the hardships in life are like the grain of sand that agitates an oyster into making a beautiful pearl.

Sailors rush for tattoos as U.S. Navy bends rules to recruit

An indelible blue drawing of an ornate birdcage, festooned with roses and petals, wraps its way around Navy Corpsman Jessica Bryant's forearm.

Millennials, Baby Boomers turning away from marriage

For a generation that is learning to embrace renting in place of ownership, cohabitation is on the rise, and may be in line to replace traditional matrimony.

Potentially dangerous parasite found in Canada's far North

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center have released their finding on an outbreak of intestinal illnesses in 10 indigenous villages between April 2013 and 2014 in Canada's far North.

Atopic dermatitis linked to changes to microorganisms

Atopic dermatitis is a common condition. However, the causes are not fully understood. A new study suggests there are variations with the condition and the collection of microorganisms found in association with the skin.

Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid 'public flatulence'

A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public "belching or flatulence" in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.

Tourist trinkets crafted by Haiti's child artisans

Seated on an earthen floor on the outskirts of Haiti's capital city, seven-year-old Samuel Jean fashions a little boat from a piece of wrought iron.

Norovirus in bottled water sickens over 4,000 people in Spain

Over 4,000 people in became ill with the norovirus in northeastern Spain after drinking bottled spring water contaminated with human fecal matter, local health officials said.

Op-Ed: Tea, vinegar sugar, yeast and bacteria = leather shoes?

Feel like wearing your tea? You can do it now, using a new mix of fibers from Kombucha tea and a bit of chemistry from Iowa State University. The shoes look like leather, feel like leather, and are tough as leather. It’s called “cellulosic fiber.”

Sugar content lowered in yogurt while keeping it sweet

Microbiologists in Denmark have altered the bacteria involved with yogurt production to create a "naturally" sweetened yogurt with a low sugar content.

Tackling blood sugar and cholesterol with hop compound

A chemical substance derived from hops appears to be effective at lowering cholesterol and re-balancing blood sugar levels. The overall effect also controls weight gain.

The high cost of norovirus infections on the global community

Norovirus infections cause 200,000 deaths and a global economic burden of around $60 billion each year. Most people will contract this highly contagious illness at least five times in their lifetime.

CDC issues warning after fake pain medication kills 14 people

Illicit prescription pain medications have killed over 12 people in recent weeks in California alone. The pills are exact replicas of Norco, a medium-strength opioid pain killer.

Singer and cancer sufferer Keely Johnson releases debut single Special

The talented teenager from Australia is battling a rare and incurable form of brain cancer. In 2014, she released a duet with Lee Kernaghan and is now back with her first solo single, "The Man in the Hat." She spoke to Digital Journal.

Brazil records 91,000 new Zika cases this year

Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika -- which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns -- since the start of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Pilgrim's Pride expands recall of chicken products — Health risk

Waco, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a "high health-risk" expanded recall of about 4.5 million pounds of chicken products.

Blue light bathing could prevent organ damage

A new study has found exposing rodents to blue light for 24 hours prior to surgery helps to minimize the risk of the type of organ damage that can occur after an operation.

Canadian women failing to take precautions while using Accutane

Canada's pregnancy prevention program for women taking the powerful acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is failing, according to a new study.

TSA confiscates 73 guns from carry-on bags in one week

It's a new record. In just one week the US Transportation Security Administration confiscated 73 guns passengers had in carry-on luggage. Of the 73, 68 were loaded and 27 had a round in the chamber.

Coast Guard rescues man running in bubble on the ocean — Again

An ultra-marathoner who likes to "run" in an enormous, inflatable bubble on the ocean may want to contemplate the cliche "No means no." That's because he was rescued by the Coast Guard for the second time, while trying to run from Florida to Bermuda.

Attack on police sows panic in Acapulco tourist hub

Gunmen launched two nearly simultaneous attacks against federal police installations in Acapulco's tourist district, sowing panic as people ducked inside restaurants and stores in Mexico's crime-plagued resort, authorities said Monday.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

More children being harmed by ingesting laundry pods

Despite numerous warnings about the danger to young children from those pretty laundry detergent pods, youngsters are still being poisoned and the number of poisoning cases has increased 20 percent.