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Russia activists struggle to raise HIV awareness as epidemic grows

Moscow - Vadim Pokrovsky stunned hundreds of students at a conference in Moscow last week when he reached into his pocket and took out a condom."And you, the young generation, how do you protect yourselves from HIV?

Rio Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts

Miami - An open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers Friday called for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or delayed due to the Zika virus.

WHO to better respond to emergencies

Geneva - Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman

Belize City - Belize's government said it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country.

Diagnosis app scoops Africa health prize

Dakar - An app that allows rural doctors to seek advice remotely from experts won Africa's first prize recognising new technology that boosts health on the continent.

Koreans snub smartphones in 'Relax Your Brain' contest

Seoul - 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

Geneva - 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...

Green hopes as Australia legalises medical cannabis

Nimbin - 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.

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

Sendai - 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.

Ailing Thai king treated for excess fluid in spine and brain

Bangkok - Doctors treating Thailand's hospital-bound monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej have drained excess fluid from his spinal cord and brain, the palace said in a statement late Friday.

U.S. monitoring 279 pregnant women with possible Zika cases

Washington - US health officials said Friday that they are monitoring 279 pregnant women in the United States and Puerto Rico that may be infected with the Zika virus.

First Zika virus death in France's Martinique: authorities

Fort-de-france - 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

Geneva - 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...

Plain cigarette packs become law in UK, France

London - The days of branded cigarette packets in Britain and France are over as new plain packaging laws came into effect on Friday, hailed by campaigners despite resistance from tobacco firms.

German doctors blast Lufthansa over Germanwings crash

Berlin - The head of Germany's doctors' association has lashed out at both Lufthansa and aviation regulators for failing to prevent last year's Germanwings crash by allowing a pilot who suffered from severe depression to fly.

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer.

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

Geneva - 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

Geneva - 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.

Deep changes urged to avoid mass deaths from superbugs

London - 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.

China, India face huge mental health burden: Study

Paris - China and India are home to more than a third of people with mental illness, but only a tiny fraction of them receive medical help, according to studies released Wednesday.

WHO urges European vigilance against Zika virus

Copenhagen - 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.

U.S., EU protest UN decision to bar groups from AIDS meet

New York - The United States and the European Union are protesting a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

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

Washington - 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.

DR Congo surgeon warns of 'unbearable atrocities' in country's east

Kinshasa - A leading Congolese surgeon who treats women sexually abused during conflict warned Tuesday of "unbearable atrocities" being committed in the country's east including the mutilation of babies and the disemboweling of pregnant women.

Spanish tyre fire 'could take 10 more days to extinguish'

Madrid - It could take another 10 days to put out a huge fire at a tyre dump near Madrid, regional authorities said Monday, though residents have already been allowed to return to the area.

First U.S. penis transplant performed on 64-year-old man

Washington - A 64-year-old man who lost most of his penis to cancer is recovering well after undergoing the United States' first penis transplant operation, doctors said Monday.

Italian fertility guru cries witch hunt over 'stolen' eggs charge

Rome - A controversial Italian fertility surgeon who has been accused of removing eggs from a woman's ovaries without her consent claimed on Sunday he is the victim of a witch hunt.

'Tick here please': Changing gender in Norway gets easier

Oslo - As the commander of a Cold War submarine tracking the Soviets, John Jeanette's dresses were stashed away in a locker reserved for top-secret documents.

Italian fertility doctor under arrest for eggs 'theft'

Rome - A controversial Italian gynaecologist famed for helping women in their 60s to have children is under house arrest in Rome on suspicion of removing eggs from a patient's ovaries without her consent.

Residents near Madrid return home as toxic tyre blaze controlled

Madrid - Spanish authorities allowed residents near a giant tyre dump blaze to return home Saturday, saying that the risk from toxic fumes billowing from the rubber heap had reduced although the fire had yet to be extinguished.
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