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CEO of China's Baidu summoned over student death

Bejing - The head of Chinese search giant Baidu has been summoned by the country's authorities, reports said Tuesday, as the firm faced a barrage of criticism over the death of a student who used it to search for a cancer treatment.

Fatty diets leading to sleeplessness and poor sleep

Sydney - Australian scientists have analysed data that indicates men who eat high fat diets are most likely to feel sleepy at periods during the day. Such men are also more likely to experience sleep problems at night.

India to probe deaths of disabled children at home

New Delhi - India announced an investigation on Sunday into the deaths of 12 mainly mentally and physically disabled children at a government-run home amid fears they were given toxic water or food.

Colombia's illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

Estanzuela - Colombia's widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions -- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak.

Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

Den Haag - The Dutch government has ordered 15 million iodine pills to protect people living near nuclear plants in case of an accident, officials said Friday, as concerns rise over ageing reactors across the border in Belgium.

Biden takes 'Moonshot' cancer campaign to Vatican

Vatican City - US Vice President Joe Biden won Pope Francis's backing Friday for advances in cancer treatment to be made available to everyone, as he brought his "Moonshot" campaign to the Vatican.

Apple launches CareKit app platform to help you track your health

Apple has begun to roll out CareKit, a platform for health apps designed to make it simpler for app developers to build care products on iOS. CareKit connects patients with doctors, providing medication and treatment advice directly from a smartphone.

'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident

Brussels - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.

Brazil records 91,000 new Zika cases this year

Bras - Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika -- which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns -- since the start of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Protest planned to support Argentine woman jailed for miscarriage

Buenos Aires - Women's and abortion rights groups will march Thursday demanding the release of a woman sentenced to eight years in jail following a miscarriage.

Thai court sides with foreign gay couple in surrogacy row

Bangkok - A Thai court on Tuesday granted a foreign same-sex couple full custody of their surrogate baby daughter following a legal battle with the mother who refused to hand her over after giving birth.

French court jails 'dentist of horror' for eight years

Lyon - A French court on Tuesday sentenced a Dutch dentist to eight years in jail for deliberately mangling his patients' mouths in a case which saw him dubbed "the dentist of horror".

English junior doctors strike in furious government row

London - Junior doctors in England started their first ever all-out strike Tuesday in a bitter, deadlocked row with Prime Minister David Cameron's government over pay and conditions.

Essential Science: Are parasitic worms good for the gut?

Horrible as it may seem, there are biological advantages to having parasitic worms in terms of warding off various diseases. This is because parasites trigger an immune reaction that calms inflammation. The benefit has been explored in a new study.

French court to rule in 'dentist of horror' case

Nevers - A French court will on Tuesday rule in the trial against a Dutchman dubbed "the dentist of horror", who is accused of causing severe injuries to dozens of patients.

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

WHO warns of potential for 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

Algeria's Bouteflika in Geneva for 'routine medical check'

Alger - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika travelled to Geneva on Sunday for a "routine medical check", his office announced, at a time of renewed speculation over his health.

Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika in Colombia since October

Estanzuela - Nearly 72,000 cases of Zika have been reported in Colombia since October, with almost 13,000 occurring in pregnant women, although the country is going through a decline in outbreaks, health authorities said Saturday.

Famed Japan cat café closed down for animal neglect

A cat café in Japan has been raided and ordered closed over complaints of improper management of the animals in what has been described as the country’s first punishment of such establishment.

Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed Thursday legalizing medical marijuana and easing restrictions on recreational use, a major policy shift for a government embroiled in an ultra-violent drug war.

French court bans smoking area in high school

Cergy-pontoise - A French court ruled Thursday that a high school outside Paris must stop allowing pupils to smoke on its premises, banning a security measure adopted by many schools since jihadist attacks on the capital in November.

Criminal charges filed in Flint tainted water scandal

Washington - Michigan filed the first criminal charges Wednesday in the scandal over lead contamination of Flint's water supply, accusing a city official and two state regulators of falsifying tests and tampering with evidence.

Migrant camp near Athens poses public health risk: Greek mayors

Atenas - Five mayors of Athens' coastal suburbs warned Wednesday of the "enormous" health risks posed by a nearby camp housing over 4,000 migrants and refugees.

No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia in 2015

Copenhagen - No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Utah calls pornography public health crisis, in US first

Los Angeles - Utah became the first US state to formally declare pornography a public health crisis, in a move backed by Republicans, seeking to shield its citizens from an "epidemic" of addictive sexual content.

Experts blame 'toxic' drug for deadly French medical trial

Paris - Medical experts said Tuesday that the death of a man in a French drug trial was likely caused by the compound itself, saying it was probably toxic.

World's nations urged to shift focus on drug problem

New York - World governments at a UN meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses and step up treatment.

Italy court orders rehiring of anorexia row ballerina

Rome - Italy's top court has ordered the rehiring of a La Scala ballerina sacked after suggesting the famous company's dance school was responsible for multiple cases of anorexia among its young dancers.

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.
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