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El Salvador confirms first Zika-linked birth defect

El Salvador confirms first Zika-linked birth defect Wed, 15 Jun, 2016

El Salvador confirmed its first case of microcephaly in a baby that was linked to a Zika infection in the mother. Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and deformed brain.
First aid convoy enters Syria's besieged Daraya since 2012

First aid convoy enters Syria's besieged Daraya since 2012 Wed, 01 Jun, 2016

A humanitarian aid convoy on Wednesday entered the rebel-held Syrian town of Daraya, the Red Cross said, in the first such delivery since a regime siege began in 2012.
Ukraine fire kills 16 in care home

Ukraine fire kills 16 in care home Sun, 29 May, 2016

Sixteen people have been killed and one is missing after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine's state emergency service said in a statement on Sunday.
WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika Sat, 28 May, 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.
New study confirms link between air pollution and increased cancer risk

New study confirms link between air pollution and increased cancer risk Mon, 02 May, 2016

According to a study by the University of Birmingham and the University of Hong Kong, long-term exposure to environmental pollutants, and more specifically, to ambient fine particulate matter, is associated with an increased risk of mortality for many types of cancer.
More than 30,000 displaced in Congo left without aid: agency

More than 30,000 displaced in Congo left without aid: agency Thu, 07 Apr, 2016

More than 30,000 people displaced by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been cut off from aid because of ongoing insecurity, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Thursday.
Up to 400,000 in Sudan may need food aid due to El Nino: WFP

Up to 400,000 in Sudan may need food aid due to El Nino: WFP Sun, 03 Apr, 2016

Some 400,000 people in Sudan could need food aid because of poor rains caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, a UN official told AFP news agency on Sunday.
World’s obese population hits 641 million, global study finds

World’s obese population hits 641 million, global study finds Fri, 01 Apr, 2016

Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported Friday.
Scientists find 'good' cholesterol can sometimes be bad

Scientists find 'good' cholesterol can sometimes be bad Fri, 11 Mar, 2016

Some people with high levels of supposedly "good" cholesterol are at much greater risk of heart disease, a study suggests.
More than 150,000 Syrian babies born in Turkey

More than 150,000 Syrian babies born in Turkey Mon, 29 Feb, 2016

More than 150,000 Syrian babies have been born in Turkey since Syria's crisis began, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Elvan said Monday, underscoring the humanitarian burden incurred by Ankara during the conflict.
Cambodia probes new village HIV outbreak

Cambodia probes new village HIV outbreak Mon, 22 Feb, 2016

Cambodia health officials on Monday were screening hundreds of villagers for HIV after 14 locals tested positive for the virus, sparking fears of a fresh outbreak.
UN, US condemn air strikes on hospitals in north Syria

UN, US condemn air strikes on hospitals in north Syria Mon, 15 Feb, 2016

The United Nations and Washington on Monday condemned air strikes on medical facilities and schools in Syria that the world body said killed almost 50 civilians, with the US implicating Russia.
Girl falls victim to rare Australian case of deadly snakebite

Girl falls victim to rare Australian case of deadly snakebite Mon, 15 Feb, 2016

A young girl has died in Australia after being bitten by a feared brown snake, officials said on Monday, a rare fatality even though the country is home to some of the planet's deadliest species.
First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex

First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex Wed, 03 Feb, 2016

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency.
WHO declares global health emergency over Zika situation

WHO declares global health emergency over Zika situation Mon, 01 Feb, 2016

The World Health Organization on Monday declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency.
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