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African leaders urge Ebola 'Marshall Plan'

Brussels - Leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies.

Liberia leader thanks U.S. as Ebola mission ends

Washington - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid emotional tribute to the American people on Thursday as the United States formally wound up its successful five-month mission to combat the west African nation's Ebola outbreak.

German suspected serial killer nurse jailed for life

Oldenburg - A German nurse was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering two hospital patients but authorities fear a far higher death toll after he admitted killing 30 people in a thrill-seeking life and death game.

Find out how breastfeeding boosts the immune system

Scientists have demonstrated that breastfeeding, along with other factors, beneficially influences a baby's immune system development. It also reduces susceptibility to allergies and asthma.

Toddler dies as measles outbreak hits German capital

Berlin - A toddler suffering from measles has died in the German capital, health authorities said Monday, amid the country's worst outbreak in years and a debate about vaccinations.

Singapore founding PM Lee Kuan Yew in ICU but 'stable'

Singapore - Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, credited with transforming the city-state to one of Asia's wealthiest economies, is in hospital breathing with the help of a machine but in stable condition, the government said Saturday.

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Monrovia - Liberia said Friday it was lifting nationwide curfews and re-opening borders shut last year at the height of the Ebola crisis, after the retreat of an epidemic that has killed thousands.

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it had approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that should prove a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease.

Thailand bans surrogacy for foreigners after scandals

Bangkok - Thailand has passed a law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the hitherto unregulated industry.

German nurse says 'sorry' for killing over 30 patients

Berlin - A German former nurse who has admitted killing over 30 hospital patients with lethal injections in a thrill-seeking game to try to revive them apologised on Thursday to relatives of the victims.

WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday urged countries to invest billions of dollars to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases -- including dengue fever, leprosy and sleeping sickness -- which kill 500,000 people globally each year. WHO said some 1.

German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

Berlin - A German court ruled Wednesday that a 76-year-old smoker, facing eviction over the smoke and stench of full ashtrays emanating from his home, can stay in his apartment for now.

SLeone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

Freetown - Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at "a critical turning point" in the crisis.

AIDS: New drug shields monkeys from infection — Study

Paris - Scientists said Wednesday a new drug tested on monkeys provided an astonishingly effective shield against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a major gain in the quest for an HIV vaccine.

Schools reopen as Liberia turns page on Ebola epidemic

Monrovia - Children trickled back to school in Liberia on Monday after the restart of lessons that had been delayed for months by the deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country begins to turn the page on the crisis.

Singapore PM Lee faces surgery for prostate cancer

Singapore - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Monday, but is expected to recover fully after a week's medical leave, his office said Sunday.

Condoms vs chocolates in the Philippines on Valentines Day

Manila - A condom maker in the Philippines capital Saturday found their Valentine's Day giveaway challenged by a church group who tried to persuade people to swap the contraceptives for chastity and chocolates.

Sierra Leone quarantines 700 homes after Ebola case

Freetown - Sierra Leone placed hundreds of homes in the capital under Ebola quarantine Friday, in a huge blow for its recovery less than a month after it lifted all restrictions on movement.

Six-day-old baby has youngest U.S. heart transplant

Los Angeles - A six-day old premature baby has become the youngest infant to receive a heart transplant at a U.S. hospital, doctors and her proud parents said.

China official's mandatory 'two children' proposal draws rebuke

Bejing - China should roll back its one-child policy and instead mandate that all couples have two children, a family planning official has said, drawing criticism Friday from a ruling Communist Party newspaper.

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

Barcelona - A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swathes of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared.

Alkaline based 'Healing Springs' said to hold curative powers

Barnwell County, SC may actually hold the "Fountain of Youth" that has been sought out for centuries, or at least the fountain of healing in its "Healing Springs."

Time to spread butter again? Study questions historic advice

For several decades the fats associated with butter and cheese have been on a list of substances to consume in moderation. This original advice is not evidence-based, according to a new study.

Coffee could lower risk of endometrial cancer

New research has found a link between regularly drinking coffee and a 20% decreased risk of endometrial cancer which currently affects around 1 in 37 US women in their lifetime, adding to the potential health benefits of consuming the popular beverage.

Are some kids really picky eaters? Science has the answer

"Eat up and shut up" might be an extreme response from a frustrated parent. However, a new study shows that picky eaters do exhibit definable preferences and mealtime behaviors.

E-cigarettes 'may still harm the lungs and immune system'

New research has suggested that e-cigarette vapour contains toxic chemicals that are damaging to the body, implying they are not a safe alternative to traditional smoking and adding to the continuing debate about the health risks of "vaping."

Canada top court allows doctor-assisted suicide

Ottawa - Canada's supreme court on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent adults suffering from an incurable disease, reversing a decision on the books since 1993.

Hospital crisis stokes anger in pre-election U.K.

Stafford - The protest tents are being taken down but resentment burns on in Stafford, where the hospital is a notorious example of a healthcare crisis roiling the U.K. ahead of May's general election.

'Encouraging' Ebola drug trial results in Guinea

Paris - An Ebola candidate treatment yielded "encouraging" results in a trial with 80 patients in Guinea, with faster recovery rates observed, the French government and medical research agency Inserm said Thursday.

Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015: WHO

Geneva - The weekly number of new Ebola cases registered across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone rose in the last week of January, marking the first hike in 2015, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
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