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Over 2,300 people being monitored for bird flu in Taiwan

Taiwan - On Saturday, a four-day ban on the killing of chickens, ducks and geese in slaughterhouses went into effect across Taiwan because the current outbreak of the avian flu virus is continuing to spread. Over 2,300 poultry farm employees are being monitored.

Measles now in seven states and Mexico — Vaccinations urged

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles in light of the outbreak that began at Disneyland in California. The virus has now spread to six additional states and Mexico.

Whole grains may help lower the risk of early mortality

According to a new study, consuming more whole grains is linked with reduced early mortality. This seems especially so for deaths due to cardiovascular disease. However, not such diets cannot, it seems, combat cancer.

Sweet video as 7-week-old baby Lachlan hears for first time

Lachlan Lever is an Australian baby who could not hear until fitted with a hearing aid at seven weeks when his first moments of sound were recorded. It's a sweet video, filmed in 2012, that went viral after being posted last Fall and again this month.

Study: Coffee reduces risk of melanoma

A new study links coffee consumption to a lower risk of skin cancer. Those who drank four cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of melanoma.

Fast and effective action is best for animal bites

A major cause of hand injuries each year relates to animal bites. A new survey has shown why an injury assessment, the use of antibiotic and other treatment methods to avoid infection are of great importance.

Loveworks: To quit smoking or lose weight do it together

If you want to lose weight or quit smoking, or just change an annoying habit, then try getting help from the person you love. A new study says creating positive change together makes the chances of success much higher.

Disneyland measles outbreak spreads throughout state

Oakland - Dozens of Californians who visited Disneyland and an adjacent theme park over the past two months have contracted measles in the largest outbreak of the highly contagious virus in years.

Gut bacteria influence Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

New research suggests that a person’s specific genes influence whether intestinal bacteria will trigger inflammatory bowel diseases. Understanding such causes is provides knowledge to help with prevention and treatment.

Social media use does not increase stress, says study

A new study from Washington DC-based think-tank Pew Research Center has concluded that social media use in not associated with higher levels of stress.

Spiders do not cause human diseases

San Fransisco - Human bacterial pathogens can come from a number of sources. One source that can be eliminated is spiders. A new study shows that spiders are not a major carrier of human pathogenic bacteria.

Another BPA health risk sounded

Exposure to bisphenol A or its alternative, bisphenol S, reduces the generation of new neurons in the brain of zebrafish, according to a small study. Zebrafish are used as models for human research.

Several Disneyland employees diagnosed with measles

Anaheim - Several employees at Disneyland, Anaheim, California's iconic themepark have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 18 in the county.

Op-Ed: Holistic health options for a better you

With major changes to insurance in the United States, who knows what the future of healthcare will look like in a few years.

No Sex Please, We're Japanese: Half of Japan's adults have no sex

Some new numbers released by the Japan Family Planning Association show why that country is worried about a declining birth rate. The study found that about 50 percent of people there are not having sex.

Call for submissions to Huntington's Disease documentary

WeHaveAFace.org was founded in 2011 to create awareness of Huntington's Disease, a hereditary, degenerative, and terminal brain disease caused by a genetic defect on chromosome 4.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Unknown kidney disease killing farmers in Sri Lanka

A strange kidney disease has been killing thousands of farmers in Sri Lanka's North Central Province for almost 20 years, and as it spreads, local people have become more fearful.

The bacteria in your gut may help you destress, says new research

A recent study has found a link between the kind of bacteria you have in your gut and your mental anxiety levels. This throws up some interesting questions in the study of anxiety relief.
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