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Dr. Asperger 'actively cooperated' with Nazis: study

Vienna - Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger, after whom Asperger's syndrome is named, "actively cooperated" with the Nazi euthanasia programme, according to a new study published Thursday.

In Romania, distrust of vaccines kills

Bucharest - Measles still claims young lives in Romania, where nearly 40 children have died in an outbreak that many blame on parents being misled by scare stories that vaccinating them is dangerous.

Rape suspect Tariq Ramadan has multiple sclerosis: doctors

Paris - Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, in detention in France over rape allegations, is suffering from multiple sclerosis, but could be treated behind bars, according to judicial medical opinion.

Canada recall of diplomat families over mystery illness 'unjustified': Cuba

Havana - Cuba said Wednesday it saw no justification for Canada's decision to recall the families of its diplomatic staff on the island following a probe into an as-yet unexplained illness affecting US and Canadian envoys.

'Life support' for transplant livers better than freezing: study

Paris - Keeping transplant livers on "life support" at body temperature preserves them better than the prevailing method of near-freezing, and could reduce the number of donor organs thrown away, a study said Wednesday.

Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

London - Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease.

Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan 'mule women'

Ceuta - It's a form of hard labour that has provoked an outcry -- Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own bodyweight.

Health officials warn of diphtheria in Venezuela, Haiti

Washington - International health authorities are reporting outbreaks of diptheria in Venezuela and Haiti, and that cases of the potentially deadly illness have turned up in Colombia and Brazil as well.

Confusion, blame game fuels Philippines vaccine scandal

Imus - Melinda Colite shakes with rage as she clutches a photo of her grandson, who she says died after getting the anti-dengue fever vaccine at the heart of a bitter scandal in the Philippines.

Parental diet before conception affects child's health

Paris - A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers said Tuesday.

Spread of flesh-eating ulcer in Australia a 'worsening epidemic'

Victoria - A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread.

New e-health solution helps people to live independent lives

It has long been recognized that the longer elderly people can live independently for the better it is for their well-being. Independent living carries risks and to assist with risk avoidance, a new sensor has been developed.

UN's health body urges Hepatitis C offensive

Paris - Hepatitis C is easily cured. Yet, about 400,000 people die of the liver disease every year as only a smattering get the medicine they need.

Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

Former Republican House Speaker from Ohio, John Boehner and the former Republican governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld announced yesterday they joined the board of advisers for U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings.

Chinese baby born four years after parents' death in car crash

Bejing - A surrogate mother has given birth to a baby boy in China four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported.The deceased couple was undergoing fertility treatments before the fatal accident in 2013.

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in: study

Paris - People who stay up late and have to drag themselves out of bed are likelier to die younger than those who rise and set with the Sun, researchers said Thursday.

Indonesia's bootleg booze death toll climbs to 90

Jakarta - Indonesia's deadliest bootleg liquor crisis in years has killed at least 90 people, authorities said Tuesday, prompting one region to declare a state of emergency.

Manchester on the frontline: US hope in opioid battle

Manchester - Tucked away in the corner of a US fire station are two plastic chairs, a tiny poster saying "anyone, anytime, can recover," and a poem in memory of a 20-year-old woman who fatally overdosed in 2016.

China sperm bank demands loyalty to Communist Party

Bejing - One of the largest sperm banks in Beijing has set loyalty to the Communist Party as a prerequisite for donors, in a sign that China's increasing emphasis on ideological training is being extended to the womb.

At least 54 children dead in Venezuela measles outbreak: NGO

Caracas - At least 54 children from an indigenous tribe have died from an outbreak of measles in a remote jungle region of eastern Venezuela, a human rights group said Thursday.

Croatia man's 'Way of the Cross' protest against military jets

Zagreb - A Croatian man walked 200 kilometres (130 miles) carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back to protest the country purchasing military jets when, he claimed, it did not have enough money for seriously ill children's medication.

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease: health experts

Paris - Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare.

Mandatory recall issued for kratom due to Salmonella outbreak

The FDA has issued a mandatory recall order for all products containing powdered kratom manufactured by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada. Some of the products tested positive for Salmonella and are associated with a multistate outbreak.

Dating app Grindr faces fury for sharing HIV data

Washington - Experts had greeted with enthusiasm efforts from the self-proclaimed world's largest gay dating app to promote regular HIV testing and status disclosure -- but the effort backfired badly with the revelation that Grindr was sharing the data, prompting c...

Deadly olive tree disease detected in Corsica

Ajaccio - A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica, industry officials said Tuesday.

Gay dating app Grindr scorched for handling of HIV data

San Francisco - Gay dating app Grindr was under fire on Monday for sharing information about users' HIV status or locations with two companies enlisted to optimize its software.

Russia declares 'high alert' in town hit by landfill fumes

Moscow - Russia on Friday announced a "high alert" in a town where noxious fumes have leaked from a landfill site, distributing masks and respirators to residents who have held repeated protests.

Warts and all: Researchers reconstruct face of Cro-Magnon man

Paris - Cro-Magnon man had a face covered in lumps including a large one on his forehead -- likely benign tumours caused by a genetic disease, according to a team of French researchers in new findings published Friday.

Risks of poorly designed electronic health records

There are many advantages with electronic health records, from avoiding lost files to portability. However, if records are not well-designed this can put patients at risk.

Shedding weight, scoring goals in Mexico's obese football league

Monterrey - Dripping with sweat, the burly footballers sprint across the pitch seeking to score in Mexico's Heavyweight Football league, where points are awarded not just for goals but for shedding weight.
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