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Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana.

World's deepest, longest railway tunnel set to open June 1

On June 1, after 17 years of construction, Switzerland will begin testing trains in the world's longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel that runs through the Swiss Alps.

New rapid methods for Salmonella detection

Salmonella is a major agent of food-borne illness globally. Researchers are developing a range of new, rapid microbiological methods to speed up detection and to improve the accuracy of the results.

Koreans snub smartphones in 'Relax Your Brain' contest

For 90 minutes, dozens of South Koreans avoided their smartphones and other electronic devices as they took part in an event that encourages people to live a stress-free life in one of the world’s most wired countries.

Zika crisis fuelled by 'massive' mosquito control failures: WHO

The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday."The spread of Zika...

All-night trains finally come to London's Underground

All-night services on London's Underground trains will be launched for the first time in August, the city's new mayor said Monday, despite union protests against the move.

Study finds low-sodium diets increase heart disease risk

A new study on sodium out of Canada has found a diet of low-salt may not be beneficial. The study found that reducing sodium by too great an amount could lead to an increase in the likelihood of heart disease and death.

Puerto Rico reporting 1,100 Zika cases as debt crisis worsens

Puerto Rico has recorded over 1,100 confirmed Zika virus cases since the mosquito-borne virus first appeared in the U.S. territory six months ago.

Review: Robert Hansen inspirational on new book 'Windows Without Walls' Special

Long Island psychic Robert Hansen has published his latest book, "Windows Without Walls," where he shares some of his insights as a medium.

United Kingdom is now included in U.S. frozen vegetables recall

The frozen food recall that started out in the U.S. on April 23 with the recall of 15 frozen organic vegetable products, has taken on a life of its own, growing to include hundreds of products. The recall has now spread to the United Kingdom.

Listeria fears behind Papa John's Salads and Produce recall

Papa John’s Salads and Produce is recalling approximately 373 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Many people are using sunscreen incorrectly

As the northern hemisphere moves into summer, many people are taking advantage of the good weather. It might seem straightforward to slap on sunscreen; however, many people are not using sun-blocking products correctly.

Potentially hazardous particles in powdered baby formula

Nanoparticles with potential health risks have been detected in popular powdered baby formula products. This is based on new research conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth.

HIV cure a step closer after virus's DNA is removed from tissue

Scientists are a step closer to finding a cure for HIV after they managed to remove DNA of the virus from a living tissue.

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Jai Whitelaw was 10 when he first took medical cannabis, given to him by his mother in a bid to treat the debilitating epilepsy that saw him endure up to 500 seizures a day.

Dying with Dignity urges MPs to vote against assisted dying bill

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is asking its supporters to contact their MPs and ask them to vote against Bill C-14 in the House of Commons this week.

Op-Ed: Magic mushroom tests — Strong positives for treating depression

Despite bureaucracy, Imperial College researchers in the UK have found that magic mushrooms show strong positive indicators for people suffering from depression. Trials have shown that some subjects remain free from depression months later.

Interview: Medium Robert Hansen discusses his new book Special

Long Island psychic and medium Robert Hansen sat down and chatted with Digital Journal at his studio in Merrick, New York, about his new book, "Windows Without Walls."

David Brewer has photographed every railway station in the U.K.

David Brewer has completed an impressive odyssey. He has become the first person to photograph every railway station in mainland Britain — some 2,500 stations in total.

France to test air passenger data sharing

France will test an EU-wide passenger data sharing system aimed at helping to detect jihadists at two of its busiest airports later this month, a senior interior ministry official said Saturday.

Australian and Dutch climbers die after Everest summit

An Australian and a Dutch mountaineer have died of altitude sickness after summitting Mount Everest, expedition organisers said, the latest deaths to hit the Himalayan climbing season.

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

The World Bank announced Saturday a new program to mobilize funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa.

Zika virus 'returns' to Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus strain associated with the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa.

Health Canada says GM salmon are 'safe and nutritious'

Health authorities in Canada announced Thursday that they have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon in Canada, making salmon the first genetically altered animal approved for consumption in the country.

First Zika virus death in France's Martinique: authorities

The French Caribbean island of Martinique has suffered its first Zika virus-related death, the regional health agency said Friday.

Zika strain from Americas outbreak spreads in Africa for first time: WHO

The Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has now been found in Africa, health officials said Friday, as the first fatality on French territory was reported on the Caribbean island of Mar...

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

The most epic marriage proposal takes place at Times Square, NYC Special

On Saturday, May 14, the most epic marriage proposal by a New York television producer took place in Times Square in New York.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Angola yellow fever outbreak could spark 'global crisis': Red Cross

A deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola, which has already spread the disease as far as China, risks sparking a global crisis, the Red Cross warned on Thursday.

Global life expectancy up five years since 2000: WHO

Global life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the World Health Organization said Thursday, crediting progress in Africa against HIV, AIDS and malaria.

Central Park re-opens secret sanctuary after 80 years

Eighty years after it was shut off to the world, New York has reopened a secret woodland sanctuary a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue, just in time for summer.The four-acre (1.

Deep changes urged to avoid mass deaths from superbugs

Ten million people could die every year from 2050 onwards unless sweeping global changes are agreed to tackle increasing resistance to antibiotics, which can turn common ailments into killers, a report warned Thursday.

Op-Ed: Bluetooth-enabled tampons let you know when to change

Technology is really amazing. and it seems there are no boundaries that haven't been breached. We have Internet-connected pregnancy tests, vibrators and Kegel exercisers. But the Tampon that connects to a smartphone is too much.

U.S. embassy in Venezuela stops visa work over staff shortage

The US embassy in Caracas said Wednesday it has suspended processing new applications for short-stay visas because the Venezuelan government was barring the entry of consular staff.

Will reducing antibiotic use lead to more infections?

A consensus is developing around restricting the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. However, what is the impact on human health if the use of these pharmaceutical compounds is curtailed?

WHO urges European vigilance against Zika virus

The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged Europe to be vigilant ahead of a possible summer outbreak of the Zika virus, especially in the Black Sea coastal areas of Georgia and Russia.

New dating app lets socialites see the party before they arrive Special

There's a new mobile app that lets users see how a party, bar, club, restaurant or lounge is before the night even begins. Weepo shows the Facebook profiles of people who say they are going to a specific venue and allows users to connect.

Dirty and dangerous: Strike exposes Haiti's crumbling hospitals

When a pregnant woman died outside one of Haiti's major public hospitals in Port-au-Prince last week, her family and neighbors lashed out in despair and anger.

U.S. Senate votes to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funds

The US Senate voted to advance $1.1 billion in emergency funds to fight the Zika virus, setting the stage for a battle with House Republicans who want $622 million for the mosquito-borne disease.

Quaker Oats recall: Granola bars over Listeria in Canada and U.S.

The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of its Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars in the U.S. and in Ontario, Canada because of fears of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.