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The toxic 'forever chemicals' lurking in our drinking water

At “community engagement sessions” around the country this summer, citizens are demanding the EPA act quickly and decisively to clean up local water systems that have tested positive for deadly chemicals called PFAs.

Bloomberg targets Big Tobacco's 'underhanded tactics'

Paris - Billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday gave a trio of anti-tobacco crusaders $20 million to up their game against an industry aggressively marketing its deadly wares worldwide, especially in developing countries.

Teen pregnancy epidemic feeds Mozambique's population boom

- In the tiny maternity ward in Murrupelane, two 16-year-old mothers breast-feed their babies, both born that morning.

Best and worst U.S. states for healthcare revealed

The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on “2018’s Best & Worst States for Health Care”, examining for regional differences and differences across different demographic groups.

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Paris - Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy all across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic...

US giant Monsanto known for controversial chemicals

San Francisco - From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more c...

Tour de France winner Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Berlin - Germany's Tour de de France champion Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday after his brief detention for allegedly assaulting a prostitute.

West Nile fever outbreak claims three lives in northeast Italy

Rome - An outbreak of West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has left three people dead in northeast Italy in recent days, the local health authority said Friday.

Drive to curb salt intake should focus on China: study

Paris - Salt consumption exceeds national and World Health Organization guidelines in most countries, but only the highest-sodium diets, such as in China, are linked to clear health risks, researchers said Friday.

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Lagos - Skin bleaching in Africa is gaining popularity despite many health risks. In spite of the danger, people use toxic creams and injections and pills to become more fair, in the belief that lighter skin is a gateway to beauty and success.

Skin bleaching in Africa: An 'addiction' with risks

Lagos - Dr. Isima Sobande was in medical school when she first heard of mothers who bleached the skin of their babies.She dismissed it as an urban myth. But it wasn't long before she saw it with her own eyes.

Four more dead from Ebola in DR Congo

Beni - Four more people have died from Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two weeks after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the Congolese health ministry has said.

How blogger helped bring breastfeeding back to Serbia

Belgrade - When Branka Stamenkovic gave birth to her first child in Serbia, the experience was traumatic.Minutes after the baby was born, nurses bundled up the infant and whisked him away, separating the mother and child for three days.

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo believed to have killed 33: health ministry

Apo - A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the health ministry said Saturday.

In Lebanon, volunteers speak up to battle suicide

Beirut - Her trainers beating down on the pavement along Beirut's seafront, Nour Safieddine, 24, cuts past strollers ambling in the evening sun. In her bright pink t-shirt, she is running to survive.

New 'wave' of cholera cases likely to hit Yemen: UN

Geneva - Yemen is likely to be struck by another "major wave" of cholera cases, the World Health Organization said Friday, as it called for a three-day truce to allow vaccinations.

Swedish police probed for killing Down Syndrome man with toy gun

Stockholm - Swedish police were under investigation Friday for shooting dead a 20-year-old autistic man with Down Syndrome holding a toy gun in central Stockholm, the special prosecutor's office said.

Americans on prescribed opioids remains unchanged — New study

Despite increased attention to opioid abuse, prescriptions have remained relatively unchanged for many US patients, new research led by the Mayo Clinic finds.

European regulator launches review of recalled heart drug

London - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Thursday it is conducting a review of the health effects on patients of a widely used blood pressure medication recalled around the world last month.

Massive corruption scandal rocks Belarus healthcare

Minsk - A massive corruption scandal has rocked the health service of ex-Soviet Belarus, leading even officials in the country dubbed "Europe's last dictatorship" to call for an overhaul of the system.

Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia: study

Paris - People who have sworn off alcohol for decades or longer run a higher risk of dementia late in life than moderate drinkers, according to a study published Wednesday.

Some hospital bacteria growing 'tolerant' to sanitizers: study

Tampa - Some hospital superbugs are growing increasingly tolerant to alcohol-based disinfectants found in hand washes and sanitizers, allowing increasing infections to take hold, an Australian study warned Wednesday.

Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket

Paris - The North China Plain, home to nearly 400 million people, could become a life-threatening inferno during future heat waves if climate change continues apace, researchers have warned.

Number of Gazans denied exit permits by Israel for Hamas ties soars: NGO

Jerusalem - The number of Gazans denied exit permits by Israel due to a close family member's alleged connection to Hamas has soared this year, a rights group said Wednesday.

DR Congo announces fresh Ebola outbreak

Apo - DR Congo on Wednesday reported an outbreak of Ebola in its conflict-torn east, killing 20 people, barely a week after it declared the end to an epidemic in the northwest of the vast country.

Doctors sacked in Nicaragua for treating wounded protesters: medic

Managua - More than a dozen doctors, nurses and technical staff in a public hospital in Nicaragua have been sacked because they treated wounded anti-government protesters and were seen backing their cause, medical sources said Friday.

China launches nationwide vaccine sector inspection after scandal

Bejing - China's drug regulator said it has launched a nationwide inspection of vaccine production as authorities step up the response to a fraud case that has re-ignited public fears over the safety of the country's medicines.

New digital initiative to improve health literacy rates

Health literacy is a major concern, even with greater access to digital information. This ranges from understanding conditions to knowing the side-effects of drugs. To address this, Toronto-based Novus Health it has partnered with iA Financial Group.

'Zika epidemic is not over,' says Brazilian specialist

Rio De Janeiro - Concern about the zika virus may have waned since the disease spiked in the months before the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the epidemic is not over, a Brazilian expert told AFP.
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