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WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit

Wellington - As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low.

Lifespan 2040: US down, China up, Spain on top

Paris - Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday.

PediaSure, Ensure, other nutrition drinks recalled in Canada

Ottawa - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an updated recall for Abbott brand liquid nutrition products in 235 mL metal cans due to possible bacterial contamination.

Mattis tours contaminated Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

Ho Chi Minh - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis toured a former Agent Orange storage site in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, revisiting one of the war's darkest chapters that lives on among a million Vietnamese with severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities linked...

Canada primed for pot legalization

Ottawa - Pot stores across much of Canada were poised to throw open their doors Wednesday as the sale and recreational use of cannabis is made legal for the first time by a major Western country.Stores in St.

As Canada awaits, Uruguay's legal cannabis project provides benchmark

Montevideo - As Canada prepares on Wednesday to become only the second country in the world to legalize the use of marijuana, experts in Uruguay say its pioneering move three years ago helped to reduce drug trafficking in the South American nation.

Canada doctors wary of cannabis legalization

Ottawa - Canada's top medical journal warned Monday that the imminent legalization of cannabis for recreation use poses a major health concern despite broad support for ending the prohibition.

In Canada, pot legalization poses health and safety challenges

Ottawa - Canada will end its pot prohibition Wednesday with the goals of curbing the black market and use by youth, amid concerns around the public health and safety merits of legalization.

My child exists: Breaking the silence over infant loss

Madrid - Every year, 2.6 million children around the world die in the womb or shortly after birth but parents say their grief is all too often avoided as a taboo subject.

German MPs voice concern about prenatal genetic tests

Berlin - More than 100 German lawmakers voiced concern on Friday about prenatal tests for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome that they say lead to more abortions.

Community fears grow as DR Congo Ebola death toll climbs

Geneva - Humanitarian workers are struggling to calm community fears in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 125 people have died of Ebola, and cases of the virus are spreading fast.

Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal

Montr - Canada on Friday will become the second country in the world to legalize cannabis -- with the provinces left to work out the details of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's landmark measure.

Doctors warn of global C-section 'epidemic'

Paris - Worldwide Caesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached "epidemic" proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers.

More than half Venezuela's doctors emigrated since 2012: NGOs

Caracas - More than half Venezuela's doctors have been forced to flee the country's crushing economic and political crisis, according to a report by health NGOs released Thursday.

One more reason not to pick your nose: pneumonia

Paris - Parents exasperated by their children constantly ignoring pleas to stop picking their noses, may have finally found an argument to break the habit: it might give you pneumonia.

Ireland passes law putting cancer warnings on alcohol

Dublin - Alcoholic drinks in Ireland will be labelled with cancer warnings under a groundbreaking law passed Wednesday, which also sets a minimum price in a bid to tackle a "corrosive" drinking culture.

German certifier in breast implant scandal set for retrial

Paris - A French appeals court on Wednesday ordered a retrial for a German safety certifier accused of negligence after approving breast implants which were later found to be susceptible to rupturing.

'Just say no' to drug legalisation: WHO chief

Manila - With Canada on the verge of becoming the world's second nation to legalise recreational marijuana, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that countries should think twice before opening that door.

Mukwege: Brave healer of DR Congo's most horrific wounds

Kinshasa - In Democratic Republic of Congo, they call him "Doctor Miracle" for his surgical skill and dedication in helping women overcome the injuries and trauma of sexual abuse and rape.

Hospital on front line of Cameroon anglophone conflict

Buea - Buea's regional hospital looks like any other in Cameroon, with its long whitewashed corridors and smartly dressed doctors and nurses.

Over 6.5 million lbs. of beef recalled - 57 people sickened

JBS Tolleson Inc. has recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products because of possible Salmonella contamination after 57 people in 16 states became ill. The raw, "non-intact" beef items that included ground beef were shipped nationwide.

Irish MPs hold first abortion bill debate

Dublin - Legislation to allow abortion was debated in the Irish parliament for the first time on Thursday -- with indications a three day "cooling off period" will be fiercely contested.

In a first, HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child's life

Johanesburg - Faced with the only chance to save a child's life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first -- transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother into her HIV-negative child, it was announced Thursday.

UK sandwich chain changes labelling after allergy death

London - British sandwich shop chain Pret a Manger said Wednesday it would list all ingredients, including allergens, on its products after a teenage girl died in 2016 from an allergic reaction.

Q&A: Deciphering common mental health myths Special

Mental health is a topic that has gathered a lot of attention recently, given the numbers affected. Despite this, many people are still consumed by myths that are rooted in fear and misinformation. Dr. Prakash Masand unravels these.

Ryder Cup fan blinded by tee shot takes legal action against organisers

Paris - A Frenchwoman blinded in one eye after being hit by a wayward tee shot at the Ryder Cup is taking legal action against the event's organisers, she said Tuesday.

WHO launches second cholera vaccine drive in Yemen as cases surge

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was helping Yemeni authorities with a second round of vaccination against cholera in three hard-hit districts, as cases surged across the war-ravaged country.

An Indian village's fight to take the 'poo to the loo'

- Indian farmer Kokila Damor always looked forward to visiting the city hospital, but only so that she could use its toilet.

Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens

Geneva - A meeting on a global tobacco control treaty opened in Geneva Monday, with organisers scrambling to keep cigarette companies at bay, even as the industry demanded a seat at the table.

WHO revises DR Congo Ebola risk to 'very high'

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Friday announced it had revised its Ebola risk assessment in the Democratic Republic of Congo from high to "very high".
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