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300-400 new cholera cases per day among Burundians in Tanzania: UN

Ginebra - Some 3,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Tanzania, mainly among Burundian refugees fleeing political violence, the UN said Friday, adding that up to 400 new cases were being counted daily.

European court to rule on right-to-die case

Strasbourg - Europe's human rights court will on June 5 rule on whether a man in a vegetative state can be taken off life support, a case that has ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France, a spokesman said Thursday.

Cold weather more lethal than hot spells, says study

Paris - Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday.

Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Wednesday berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.

Dutch doctor who gave wrong diagnoses could face longer sentence

Den Haag - Prosecutors in the Netherlands on Wednesday called for a longer prison term for a former neurologist convicted for giving wrong diagnoses, which led one patient to commit suicide.

Students sue over 'forced' vaginal probes: Lawsuit

Miami - Two former college students are suing a Florida medical college, alleging they were forced to undergo frequent transvaginal probes during classroom training as part of their studies.

WHO chief announces operations shake-up after Ebola shock

Ginebra - The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

5 reasons to buy life insurance if you're under 30

If you're a Millennial in your 20s to young 30s, death is likely the last thing on your mind. And, to some extent, this is as it should be.

World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel

Ginebra - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged all countries to help combat the misuse of antibiotics, which is fuelling drug resistance and allowing long-treatable diseases to become killers.

Serb gangster in Spain 'tried to buy immigrant's kidney'

Madrid - A Serb gangster in Spain was arrested after he attempted to buy a poor immigrant's kidney for 6,000 euros ($6,835) and threatened to kill him if he pulled out of the deal, police said Monday.

Call for fund to develop new antibiotics

A British economist is calling on the world's leading pharmaceutical companies to set up a $2 billion fund to enable research into new antibiotics.

Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

Ginebra - Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday.

Ailing teen who championed euthanasia dies in Chile

Santiago - A 14-year-old cystic fibrosis patient who made international news by pleading with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be allowed to end her own life, has succumbed to her illness, her family announced Thursday.

AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia's HIV epidemic worsening

Moscow - Russia's top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin's increasingly conservative agenda Thursday, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five years.

Nurse becomes Italy's second Ebola case

Rome - An Italian nurse who had recently been working in Sierra Leone with medical charity Emergency tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday in the country's second case of the virus.

Experts denounce WHO's slow Ebola response

Ginebra - A UN-sponsored report on Monday denounced the World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak and said the agency still did not have the capacity to tackle a similar crisis.

Through the haze, Paris protesters call for fresh cannabis laws

Paris - Sporting T-shirts and caps printed with marijuana leaves and with joints hanging from their lips, hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday as part of a world march calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Paraguay captures man who allegedly impregnated stepdaughter

Asunci - The man who allegedly sexually abused and impregnated his 10-year-old stepdaughter, sparking a debate on abortion in Paraguay, was arrested Saturday after 15 days on the run, police said.

Five years after quake, Haiti hospital clings to hope

Port-au-prince - In the five years since Port-au-Prince was devastated by an earthquake, staff at Haiti's largest hospital have had to resort to examining patients in shipping containers.

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free   

Monrovia - The UN health agency on Saturday declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the "monumental" achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4,700 people.

Ten-year-old's pregnancy sparks Paraguay abortion debate

Asunci - A 10-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather and is now five months pregnant has become the focal point of a wrenching debate over abortion and child abuse in this conservative Catholic country.

Ebola found in man's eye months after it left blood: Report

Washington - The Ebola virus has been detected for the first time in an eye of a patient months after it vanished from his blood, researchers said.Dr.

Obese kids face stigma, flunk school: European research

Prague - Obese children are far less likely to finish school than peers of normal weight, according to European research Thursday which also highlighted body image problems in kids as young as six.

Fat Ireland forecasts no surprise to obesity experts

Dublin - Ireland's growing weight problem is linked to a range of causes including generations of over-eating following historic poverty, experts said Thursday, after a study indicated it would become one of Europe's fattest nations.

Why is Europe so fat? Questions and Answers

Prague - World Health Organization research published Wednesday contends that Europe is getting fatter every year, and heading for an obesity crisis.

U.S.-backed drug spraying triggers health fears in Colombia

Estanzuela - Two decades after it started spraying coca fields with herbicide, Colombia is torn between continuing to wage a U.S.-sponsored war on drugs from the sky and mounting fears of health risks.

What new statistics say about American drug use

Newly released Medicare statistics have highlighted the problem the U.S. has with prescription drug abuse. Though troubling, these much reported stats should not come as a surprise. But what facts about America's drug use have NOT been so well documented?

Austrian magazine printed with HIV blood

Vienna - An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday.

Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother

New York - Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

Obesity health issues continue past weight loss

A new study shows losing weight does not mitigate the effects of obesity on tumor development. This health warning relates to studies conducted in mice.
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