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Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians: Humanitarian chief

Riyadh - The Saudi-led military coalition's blockade of Yemen is "killing" as many civilians as the war, the head of aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday during a visit to the country.

Israel passes law allowing force feeding of prisoners

Jerusalem - The Israeli parliament approved Thursday a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike facing death to be force fed, a spokesman said, sparking criticism from rights groups and medical experts.

Study finds promising experimental MERS vaccine

Washington - An experimental vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) showed promising results in animal testing, sparking an immune system response that could lead to a vaccine for people, researchers said.

Iran's conservative media slams Fabius over blood scandal

Tehran - A trip to Tehran by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius faced a threat Tuesday of being overshadowed by a tainted blood scandal from the 1980s which killed hundreds of Iranians.

Two patients in Britain test negative for MERS

London - Two patients in Britain have tested negative for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), officials said Tuesday, after a hospital wing was shut down as a precautionary measure.

South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

Seoul - South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions

Washington - Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.

Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

Fracking dispute heats up in U.S.

The controversial practice of fracking is at the center of a new health debate in the U.S. This is over whether the practice pose a risk of causing silicosis.

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

U.S. anthrax samples shipped to dozens of labs in past decade: Report

Washington - The US military shipped live anthrax samples to dozens of facilities in the country and to seven other nations over the past decade, a government report found Thursday, blaming faulty specimen killing and poor testing.

French doctors dodge decision on vegetative man over 'threats'

Reims - The tortuous legal battle over the life or death of a severely brain-damaged Frenchman took a surprising turn Thursday as doctors refrained from taking a decision on his fate, citing security fears.

Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

San Jos - Costa Rica's president will issue a decree to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday.

Promise seen for drug in patients with early Alzheimer's

Washington - A new kind of drug to fight Alzheimer's has shown promise when given to people in the early stages of the disease, drug-maker Eli Lilly said Wednesday.

Majority of Breivik victims' parents 'too traumatised to work'

Oslo - Over half the parents of the victims of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik remain too traumatised to return to full-time work, a study showed Wednesday as Norway marked the fourth anniversary of the attacks.

32 boys dead in South African initiation season

Johanesburg - Traditional rite-of-passage ceremonies in South Africa left 32 boys dead and more than 150 hospitalised, local authorities said Tuesday, as the annual initiation season drew to a close.

Obama calls on veterans to back Iran deal

Pittsburgh - US President Barack Obama told a gathering of military veterans Tuesday that hardheaded diplomacy with Iran could avoid the type of "unnecessary wars" for which they have paid the highest price.

Studies show success in HIV drugs for prevention

Vancouver - Despite evidence that taking powerful anti-HIV drugs can help protect uninfected partners from contracting the virus that causes AIDS, the therapy is far from becoming routinely prescribed, scientists said.

South Korea tourism struggles to recover from MERS crisis

Seoul - The recent outbreak of the deadly MERS virus in South Korea has left the country's tourist industry in intensive care, with visitor numbers plunging more than 40 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday.

Teen in remission from HIV 12 yrs after stopping meds: Researchers

Vancouver - A French teenager born with HIV has been in remission for 12 years after stopping her medication, a world-first that renews hope for the prospect of early treatment, researchers said Monday.

Experts urge shift in HIV treatment at global meet in Canada

Vancouver - AIDS researchers released a call to action Sunday for a worldwide shift in HIV treatment, to providing medication immediately after diagnosis instead of first watching for signs of illness to appear.

Doctors confident of Desmond Tutu's recovery

Cape Town - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is expected to spend at least a third night in hospital where he is being treated for a persistent infection, his daughter said Thursday.

George H.W. Bush 'fair' after breaking neck bone

New York - Former US president George H.W. Bush was in fair condition in hospital Thursday after falling and breaking a bone in his neck, his office said.

Ebola survivor likely source of new Liberian outbreak: WHO

Monrovia - A resurgence of Ebola in Liberia is likely to have originated in a survivor still carrying the virus, scientists said Wednesday as the country announced a second death in the new outbreak.

Russian village fears future as health cuts hit poorest

Russia - More than 70 years after Gennady Vinogradov was born in the small village of Sheshurino, northwest of Moscow, he just asks for one thing: to be able to die there in dignity.

World on way to 'generation free of AIDS', says UN chief

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35 percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago."The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the...

UN chief says world on way to 'generation free of AIDS'

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a "generation free of AIDS", after UNAIDS reported a 35-percent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago.

Donors pledge billions for Ebola recovery

New York - International donors pledged $3.4 billion in new funds Friday to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their final push to stamp out Ebola and get on the road to recovery.

Liberia announces two new Ebola cases

Monrovia - Two more people have been infected by Ebola in Liberia, the government said Thursday, sparking fears that an epidemic which killed thousands before being eradicated is gaining a hold once again.

For Greece's ill, crisis a matter of life or death

Atenas - Greece's slide to the brink of financial collapse may be abstract to many outsiders, but for the country's chronically sick, it is a matter of life and death.
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