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Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

Los Angeles - A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

Panama ex-dictator Noriega moves to house arrest for brain surgery

Panama - Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega has been allowed to move from prison to house arrest in order to undergo an operation for a non-malignant brain tumor, his lawyer said Monday.

Britons sizzle over chips and toast cancer warnings

London - A government health warning over the potential dangers of toast, roast potatoes and chips -- all traditional staples of the British diet -- had the country's tabloids hitting out Monday.

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

Belgrade - They cough, suffer from frostbite and are infested with body lice: hundreds of young migrants remain in appalling conditions in derelict Belgrade warehouses in the middle of Serbia's freezing winter.

German safety body must pay 60 mn euros to breast implant victims: court

Toulon - A French court on Friday ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay 60 million euros ($64 million) in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved.

Trump wants to ditch 'Obamacare' but keep the gains

Washington - Health coverage for all: the promise of President-elect Donald Trump was also the vow of his predecessor Barack Obama, whose signature domestic achievement is now under serious threat of repeal.

German lawmakers green-light medical cannabis use

Berlin - German lawmakers on Thursday legalised cannabis use for medical purposes for people with serious diseases such as certain cancers and multiple sclerosis.

Gay prince on front line of India's war against AIDS

New Delhi - From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India's first openly gay royal.

$460 mn vaccine initiative to tackle viruses

Davos - As the world still reels from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities on Thursday launched a $460-million initiative to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

$460 mn vaccine initiative to tackle viruses

Davos - As the world still reels from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities on Thursday launched a $460-million initiative to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

$460 mn vaccine initiative to tackle viruses

Davos - As the world still reels from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities on Thursday launched a $460-million initiative to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

$460 mn vaccine initiative to tackle viruses

Davos - As the world still reels from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities on Thursday launched a $460-million initiative to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

Kiev - A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

Ex-US president George H.W. Bush hospitalized: reports

Washington - Former US president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized yet again in Houston, local media reported Wednesday.

At Syria retirement home, elderly left behind by war

Damascus - Alone in her room at an overcrowded retirement home in Damascus, Naz Ashiti thumbs through photographs of her daughters overseas, her eyes lingering on features she has not seen in years.

Winter crisis shows UK health service at 'tipping point'

London - Britain's NHS public health service has been the country's pride since 1948, but is currently gripped by a "humanitarian crisis" due to "third world" conditions that are piling pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May.

Italian PM says he's well after surgery on blood vessel

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday he was feeling well following emergency surgery on a blocked blood vessel.

Trump appears to dial back from vaccine skeptic nod

Washington - US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team appeared to dial back from naming noted vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr to lead a committee on vaccines safety, officials said.

Red meat link to common bowel disease: study

Paris - A diet rich in red meat has been linked to a heightened risk of a bowel inflammation called diverticulitis, according to a study published Tuesday.

Armenia raises alarm as abortions of girls skew population

Yerevan - Ani Kirakosyan says she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.

Kenya doctors reject offer as strike hits second month

Nairobi - Kenyan doctors on Friday rejected the government's offer of a 40 percent pay rise in the latest bid to end a month-long strike that has crippled public hospitals across the country.

Health app to be tested out by the UK health service

London - The British National Health Service is to test out an new health app. The app is designed to provide reputable health advice and acts as an alternative to people making medical calls.

Obama defends legacy in letter to American people

Washington - US President Barack Obama acclaimed his outgoing administration's accomplishments on Thursday in a letter to the American people defending a legacy on health care and other issues that his successor Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle.

Living close to major roads increases dementia risk: study

London - People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.

Czechs detect bird flu on 2 farms, in dead swans

Prague - Czech authorities on Wednesday said they had detected highly-contagious bird flu at two small poultry farms and in dead swans in the first such cases in a decade.

France moves to suspend Vitamin D supplement after baby dies

Paris - France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a baby who suffocated after being given the liquid supplement, health authorities said Wednesday.

Obama moves to stop Trump gutting signature healthcare law

Washington - US President Barack Obama will make a short but politically charged trip from the White House to Capitol Hill Wednesday, calling allied lawmakers to arms in defense of his signature healthcare reforms.

Scissors pulled from Vietnam man's stomach 18 years after surgery

Hanoi - A Vietnamese man has had scissors removed from his abdomen which were left behind during surgery 18 years ago, after reporting a stomachache that was nearly two decades in the making.

Colombia's war traumas leave deep mental scars

Estanzuela - Colombian rebels may be preparing to lay down their guns, but the nation faces a deeper challenge to heal itself: treating mental illnesses stemming from the trauma of a half-century war.

China jails 16 for trafficking in organs

Bejing - Sixteen people including two surgeons have been jailed for between two and five years in China for trafficking in human organs, a practice still widespread in the country.
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