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Chile's Bachelet sends abortion bill to Congress 

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Saturday pressed ahead with plans to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a decades-old taboo in one of Latin America's most socially conservative countries.

Op-Ed: Are liberals healthier than conservatives?

According to some new research, people of a liberal political persuasion tend to live for longer, and healthier, than those more inclined to conservative philosophy.

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats

Monrovia - A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe.

Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak

Monrovia - Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia

Monrovia - The United Nations said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.

Ebola situation still 'extremely alarming': UN

Geneva - The Ebola situation was still "extremely alarming" despite a significant fall in new cases in west Africa, the World Health Organization warned Friday.The UN agency said the progress made so far could be rapidly undone if a funding gap remained.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantines as crisis eases

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Friday lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic was retreating."Restrictions on movement will be eased to support economic activity.

Disneyland measles outbreak puts California on alert

Los Angeles - California is battling a surge of measles cases clustered around the famous Disneyland theme park, despite the virus being all but eliminated in the United States, authorities said.

World's poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates

New York - The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda say.

Op-Ed: Holistic health options for a better you

With major changes to insurance in the United States, who knows what the future of healthcare will look like in a few years.

AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says UN

Paris - A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the UN's AIDS envoy said Wednesday.

Ebola virus changes over time, may thwart drugs, study says

Miami - The deadly Ebola virus is changing, and new genetic mutations that have arisen in the past four decades could thwart the experimental drugs that some pharmaceutical companies are developing, researchers said Tuesday.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Mali government, UN declare country Ebola-free

Bamako - The Malian government and the United Nations on Sunday declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.

WHO sounds alarm on Ukraine's creaking health system

Geneva - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the health system, with more than five million people affected, the United Nations said on Friday.

AFP photographer recovering after Pakistan protest shooting

Karachi - AFP photographer Asif Hassan was recovering in hospital on Saturday after being shot while covering an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest outside the French consulate in Karachi.

Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

Freetown - A nurse working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the eastern district of Kenema, where no new cases had been reported for 37 days, the organisation said.

Op-Ed: Why 2015 is the year meditation will make its mark

The benefits of mediation have long been extolled by those who practice it, but it’s only recently that the rest of the world has begun to take note. So what exactly is it about meditation that is enticing so many?

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

Bejing - Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague.Levels of PM2.

New hepatitis drugs raise political pressure in Spain

Madrid - The arrival in Europe of better but pricier hepatitis C drugs has raised pressure on Spanish leaders over health spending cuts which sufferers say deprive them of life-saving treatments.

Cancer-stricken Iranian teacher's pupils shave heads

Tehran - It is a disease that strikes tens of thousands of Iranians each year, but for 300 pupils news that their teacher had cancer prompted an unusual response -- they shaved their heads in sympathy.

Death toll from toxic liquor in India hits 31, over 100 ill

Lucknow - A lethal batch of home-brew liquor sold at a local cricket match has killed at least 31 people in northern India, with more than 100 others ill in hospital, police and medical officials said Tuesday.

5-year-old girl in China got HIV through blood transfusion: report

Bejing - A five-year-old girl in China contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, state media reported, the latest case to shine a light on an issue that has long bedevilled the country.

Eat well for eye heath, says leading specialist Special

Dr. Robert Abel Jr., MD author of the new book, The Eye Care Revolution explains to Digital Journal why diet is necessary for good eye health.

Five startling hygiene facts

Health and hygiene are important issues and often need to go hand-in-hand in order to minimize the risk of infection. Have you ever wondered what the top five stomach churning hygiene facts might be?

Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic: UN

Freetown - Sierra Leone now has the means to curb the Ebola epidemic, the new head of the UN mission for the fight against the disease and a senior World Health Organization official said.

Tens of thousands to test Ebola vaccines in affected countries: WHO

Geneva - Human tests of two possible Ebola vaccines have proven safe and now tests to measure their efficiency will begin within weeks in the three west African countries ravaged by the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

New program links university and elementary school students Special

In Canada a leading university is working with a local school board whereby university students will mentor school pupils across a range of subjects with the aim of promoting healthy living.

German court hears nurse admitted more than 30 'boredom' killings

Berlin - A German court heard Thursday that a former male nurse had admitted killing more than 30 patients at a hospital where he worked, allegedly out of boredom.

Ebola fight has coordination problem, says new UN mission chief

Monrovia - The three west African countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic should be leading the response against the killer virus, the UN's new mission chief on the disease said, condemning "a problem of coordination" in the fightback.
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