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Babies born in poorest countries still face 'alarming' risks: UNICEF

Washington - Babies born in the world's poorest countries, most of them in Africa, still face "alarming" risks of death that can be 50 times as high as those in the richest countries, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday.

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Toukyo - Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Hong Kong - China has confirmed the first human case of H7N4 bird flu, prompting Hong Kong to issue a health warning for those travelling to the mainland during the busy Lunar New Year holiday.

Dutch agree law to list all citizens as organ donors

Den Haag - The Netherlands approved ground-breaking legislation Tuesday that will in future register all citizens over the age of 18 as potential organ donors -- unless they explicitly opt out.

Over 50 Palestinians died in 2017 awaiting Israeli medical permits: WHO

Gaza - More than 50 Palestinians died waiting for Israeli visas to travel for medical treatment last year, with only around half of all applications granted, new figures showed Tuesday.

Danish prince leaves hospital to spend 'last days' in palace

Stockholm - Denmark's Prince Henrik, the 83-year-old French-born husband of Queen Margrethe who has been hospitalised since January for a lung infection, was discharged on Tuesday to spend "his last days" at home, the palace said.

Dutch court stubs out smokers' corners in cafes

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Tuesday upheld an appeal by anti-cigarette campaigners and barred the use of public spaces in cafes and bars reserved for smokers.

Pakistan officials arrest gang in spinal fluid scam

Islamabad - Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market.

Australia still struggling to improve Aboriginal lives, report says

Sydney - Australia is making some progress in improving health and education among its indigenous population, an annual report said Monday, but it is still missing most targets to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage a decade after launching a major campaign.

Malaysia's Mahathir in hospital for chest infection

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's veteran former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has been picked to lead an opposition bid for election victory, has been admitted to hospital with a chest infection, authorities said Saturday.

Danish prince cuts short Olympics visit to be with ill father

Stockholm - Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik has cut short his visit to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to return home to his sick father, Prince Henrik, whose health has deteriorated, the palace said Friday.

How digital transformation can help the U.K. health service

London - The ‘Five Year Forward View’ and ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ plans outline the commitment by the health and care system and the U.K. Government to use information and technology to transform the country’s health services.

Gaza hospitals, clinics to reopen after Emirati grant: WHO

Palestinian - Nearly 20 medical centres in Gaza will fully reopen in the coming days after the United Arab Emirates provided financing to end a fuel shortage, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Protecting girls from mutilation in rural Uganda

Moroto - Thirty cows sealed 12-year-old Joyce's fate. In exchange she became the third wife to a man as elderly as her father who traded her, never mind she had barely reached puberty.

'Fake' doctor accused of infecting 46 Indians with HIV

New Delhi - India is investigating claims an unlicensed doctor infected at least 46 people with HIV by re-using syringes, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion.

Bollywood's 'menstrual man' movie targets Indian taboo

Mumbai - A Bollywood movie about an inventor who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hits screens this week, challenging taboos surrounding menstruation in socially conservative India.

Indonesia declares deadly Papua measles outbreak over

Jakarta - A deadly measles-and-malnutrition outbreak that killed scores of children in Indonesia's remote Papua province is over, authorities said.

64 percent of antibiotic cocktails sold in India 'illegal': study

Paris - Nearly two-thirds of multi-drug antibiotic cocktails sold in India between 2007 and 2012 were unapproved, said researchers Monday, warning such "illegal" compounds were fuelling the spread of drug-resistant diseases.

Opioid high: Painkiller abuse sparks fears for Gabon's young

Misuse of a powerful painkiller has spread like wildfire among schools in the west African state of Gabon, where teachers blame it for violent changes in mood among normally placid and motivated teenagers.

High pollution shuts schools in Tehran

Tehran - Primary schools will be closed on Monday in Tehran as thick fog caused by pollution smothers the Iranian capital and most of the surrounding province, local authorities said.

Thousands protest over UK health service

London - Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday in support of the country's embattled National Health Service (NHS), which is straining under the weight of winter demand.

Flu epidemic grows along with some shortages of medical supplies

Health officials say flu season continues to get worse, and there are weeks of suffering ahead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 42 states had heavy flu-related patient traffic last week, up from 39 the week before.

Second baby hit by salmonella from Lactalis milk in Spain

Madrid - A baby who drank milk produced by the French dairy giant Lactalis has been diagnosed with salmonella in the Spanish Basque country, taking the number of cases in the country this year to two, authorities said Saturday.

Multicolored MRI scanners improve disease detection

A new generation of MRI scanners are being developed to improve the detection of diseases and thus improve patient diagnosis. These scanners use multicolored light for this improved sensitivity and detection.

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Paris - Plastic surgeons raised red flags this week about a penis whitening fad in skin colour-fixated Thailand, dismissing the procedure as a phallic "fashion" with uncertain benefits and many risks.

After 24 surgeries, Bangladesh 'tree man' relapses

Dhaka - A year ago Abul Bajandar, a Bangladeshi rickshaw-puller dubbed "tree-man" for the bark-like growths that once covered his body, appeared to have made a full recovery from the rare condition that has afflicted him for a decade.

More than skin deep: cosmetic surgery industry booming

Paris - In the never-ending quest for youthful, magazine-cover looks, 8.6 billion euros ($10.7 billion) were spent last year on materials and chemicals used in cosmetic procedures worldwide, the IMCAS industry body said Thursday.

Belgian 'deacon of death' jailed for 27 years

Brussels - A Belgian judge jailed a former nurse and Roman Catholic deacon for 27 years Thursday for killing five people including his own mother in what he said was a bid to end their suffering.

Pyeongchang sets Winter Olympic record — for condoms

Seoul - This month's Winter Olympics in South Korea will set a record even before the first athlete comes out of a starting gate, organisers said Thursday -- for the largest number of free condoms handed out at a Winter Games.

Fuel shortage closes seven Gaza medical centres: ministry

Gaza - Seven medical centres in Gaza have stopped services due to lack of fuel to power generators, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, two days after a hospital took similar steps.
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