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Argentine mothers hold mass breastfeeding protest

Buenos Aires - Hundreds of women turned out in Argentina to breastfeed in public, in protest at the removal of a mother for nursing publicly in a Buenos Aires square last week.

AIDS summit ends with call for more funding

Durban - The International Aids Conference in South Africa wrapped up Friday with calls for increased funding as the search for a cure continues and with HIV infections running at around 2.5 million a year.

Smartphones are causing a 'visual health crisis' in China

A major Chinese health research center recently published a white paper on the country's visual health. The findings weren't great.

Social media helps drive healthy eating choices

Birmingham - Regular exposure to healthy eating and good food choices via social media drive changes to the eating habits of people, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables and eschewing fatty food. This is according to a new study.

Contamination and shortages dog India's blood supply

New Delhi - Every month, Seema Mishra and her daughter make the trip to an Indian hospital, praying the blood transfusion the youngster needs to keep her alive will not make her sicker.

The most stressed cities in the U.S. revealed

Stress affects different people in different ways. Environment is also a factor. Is it possible for a town or city to create a greater feeling of stress compared with another? The outcome of a new survey infers that this is the case.

Surgery on Noriega brain tumor postponed: doctor

Panama - Scheduled surgery on imprisoned former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to remove a benign brain tumor has been postponed because of the 82-year-old's frail health, his doctor told AFP.

Florida probes 'non-travel' related case of Zika

Miami - Florida health officials said they are investigating a potential case of Zika infection that was not contracted by someone traveling to a region affected by the mosquito-borne virus.

Early HIV vaccine results lead to major trial: researchers

Durban - Promising results from an early safety trial with a potential HIV vaccine have paved the way for a major new study, researchers announced at the International AIDS Conference in Durban on Tuesday.

China HIV leak violates patients' rights: WHO

Bejing - A leak of HIV carriers' identities in China was a violation of their "fundamental right", the World Health Organization said, after reports that hundreds of infected people were approached by telephone swindlers.

Mexico's Olympians get condoms over Zika fears

- Mexican athletes received on Monday an anti-Zika kit for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including Mosquito repellent, antibacterial hand gel and condoms.

AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk

Durban - More than 18,000 scientists, campaigners and donors opened a major AIDS conference in South Africa on Monday, issuing stark warnings that recent gains in the fight against the disease were under threat.

AIDS summit in South Africa to warn of lagging effort

Johanesburg - Sixteen years after Nelson Mandela galvanised the world to take up the fight against AIDS, experts and activists return to the South African city of Durban on Monday, seeking to revitalise the fight against the disease.

First case of Zika spread by sex from woman to man

New York - The first known case of a woman spreading the Zika virus to a man during unprotected sex was reported on Friday in New York City, health authorities said.

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

Sierra Leone stops mandatory testing of corpses for Ebola

Freetown - Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

Japan watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

Toukyo - A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table.

Experts urge action against HIV prison 'incubators'

Paris - Public health experts called Friday for far-reaching measures against prison "incubators" of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis.

Seriousness of fungal infections neglected by medical services

There are many pathogens that pose risks to human populations. Despite fungal infections killing more people than malaria, or from certain cancers like breast cancer, the level of research into combating fungal diseases is relatively low in comparison.

Pakistan PM returns home after surgery in London

Lahore - Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned home from London on Saturday after undergoing successful open heart surgery in the British capital, officials said.

Pakistan bids farewell to national welfare hero Edhi

Karachi - A gloomy Pakistan on Saturday bade farewell to its national hero Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of the country's largest welfare organisation who died Friday in Karachi aged 92.

Burkina Faso counts cost of child labour

Covered in dust and without protective kit, two seven-year-old boys gather stones in cups.

Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

Stuart - Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime.

Puerto Rico sees 'rapid increase' in Zika: U.S. health chief

Miami - Zika virus is spreading fast in Puerto Rico, infecting as many as 50 pregnant women per day and raising the risk of birth defects, US health officials said Thursday.

Uruguay to sign up smokers to buy state marijuana

Montevideo - Uruguay will this month start signing up smokers to buy marijuana from pharmacies in the world's first scheme for state-production and sale of the drug, an official source said Wednesday.

iPhone app to encourage Americans to become organ donors

San Francisco - Apple has announced that the next version of iPhone software will carry a promotion for organ donation in the United States in a bid to help save lives.

Grey zone: Who will care for Thailand's elderly?

Bangkok - As he wheels his 77-year-old aunt away from Bangkok's first day centre for the elderly, Nakhon reflects on the familial duties that oblige him to juggle night-shift work and care for his ageing relative.

What's the beef? Protest against meat clogs S.F. waterfront

San Francisco - Dozens of impassioned protesters and tourists armed with cameras and cell phones clogged the San Francisco waterfront Monday as a noisy animal rights protest marched from Market Street to Pier 39.
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