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Liberia tests mystery illness after 11 unexplained deaths

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday that samples from people struck down by a mystery illness are being tested abroad after 11 unexplained deaths, though Ebola has been ruled out.

WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage

Geneva - Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries Friday to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease.

German airlines to scrap 'two-person' cockpit rule

Frankfurt Am Main - German airlines will no longer require two people to be in the cockpit at all times, an industry group said Friday, abandoning a rule introduced after a deadly crash in 2015.

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

Sydney - A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said.

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

Sydney - A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said.

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after Australia surgery

Sydney - A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said.

Nigeria's presidency plays down Buhari health concerns

Abuja - Nigerian officials on Thursday sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings.

Nigeria's Buhari misses second cabinet meeting in a row

Abuja - Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, a senior minister said on Wednesday, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

Niamey - Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in Diffa, a region in southeast Niger, Medecins sans frontieres said Wednesday.

Venezuela volunteer medics heal wounded in protests

Caracas - Picking up a broken tile to hurl at riot cops, a young man cuts himself and blood streams from his hand.He is one of hundreds Venezuelans hurt in this month's deadly anti-government protests -- but for him, help is close by.

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Vancouver - Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care.

Artificial womb for super-preemies works with sheep

Paris - An artificial womb filled with clear liquid, successfully tested on pre-natal lambs, could help extremely premature babies avoid death or life-long disability, researchers reported Tuesday.

World's first malaria vaccine tested

The world's first vaccine against the parasitic disease malaria is to be tested in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. This represents one of the biggest trials of a developmental drug.

Dutch 'abortion boat' arrives off Mexico

Ixtapa - A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions, often in defiance of some country's laws, arrived in international waters off Mexico, the organization crewing it said.

Anxious for win, Republicans revive US health care push

Washington - US lawmakers and the White House braced for a hectic coming week in Washington, with Republicans readying new legislation to repeal Obamacare as Donald Trump seeks a victory to cap his 100th day as president.

500kg Egyptian sheds half her weight after India surgery

Mumbai - The "world's heaviest woman" has shed half her weight -- around a quarter of a tonne -- in the two months she's been in India for treatment, doctors said.

Italian court rules mobile phone caused tumour

Rome - In a potentially landmark case, an Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

Dutch bid to be new home for EU medicine agency

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Thursday made a formal bid to become the new home of the European Medicines Agency which will likely have to relocate from London after Britain leaves the EU.

Major review underway of medicines made from plants

Biologists have come up with a new means for identifying the plant genes that produce the chemicals used by plants use to protect themselves. These could become the natural sources of a new range of medicines.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria

Abuja - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic.

Italy row over 'fake news' on cervical cancer vaccine

Rome - Italy's health minister has taken the unusual step of criticising national broadcaster Rai's coverage of a vaccine against a cancer-causing virus, sparking a row about media freedom and misinformation.

'Microdosing' trend has Americans tuning in with psychedelics

Washington - After a litany of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD.

Prince William, Lady Gaga team up against mental health 'taboo'

London - Britain's second in line to the throne, Prince William, and American superstar Lady Gaga have teamed up to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released Tuesday.

Dangers of some health apps as HIV is misdiagnosed

The case of Esther, who sells water on the side of the road in Kenya and whose smartphone misdiagnosed HIV, has featured in news media as a warning about the claims made by health apps.
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