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  1. News - World

    Overweight children ‘to be new norm in Europe’

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 06:14pm

    ... of computer games and smartphone apps that children readily access. Some countries had managed to contain the problem, said the WHO, but these nations had not succeeded in turning it around. In France ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1434807/overweight-children-be-new-norm-europe
  2. News - World - RUSSIA

    Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 05:17pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Moscow President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said on Monday. The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places and will take effect in two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1158320/putin-signs-law-banning-smoking-public-places
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    China reports second fatal case of bird flu this year, in Guizhou

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Bird flu claims second human fatality this year Health authorities said a man in the southwestern province of Guizhou died of bird flu yeserday. His is the second death from the H5N1 virus in China this year. The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department statement said, adding that no other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1157287/china-reports-second-fatal-case-bird-flu-year-guizhou
  4. News - World - MEDICINE

    Insulin breakthrough may end daily jabs for diabetics

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Daily jabs may end for world's diabetics Research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists said yesterday. A team in Melbourne, Australia has been able to lay out for the first time how the insulin hormone binds to the surface of cells, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1124873/insulin-breakthrough-may-end-daily-jabs-diabetics
  5. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    Wellbeing trumps decorum when inflight flatulence strikes, say experts

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington, New Zealand Medics tell flatulent fliers: don't hold it back A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced fliers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903- is it okay to break wind mid-flight? The experts' recommendation is an emphatic yes to passengers- but a warning to cockpit crews ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1151870/wellbeing-trumps-decorum-when-inflight-flatulence-strikes-say
  6. News - World - DENMARK

    Prolific Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to 5 children

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Copenhagen Sperm donor gives disease to 5 children A prolific Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to at least five of his 43 children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said. The donor transmitted the tumour-producing nerve disorder neurofibromatosis type I, sometimes known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1047126/prolific-danish-sperm-donor-passes-genetic-disorder-5-children
  7. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya can perform heart surgery for US$800

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangalore Cardiac surgeon Devi Shetty's pre-fabricated facility in India performs about 30 operations a day, and poor are treated free No frills hospital offers heart surgery for US$800 What if hospitals were run like a mix of Walmart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1220078/devi-shettys-narayana-hrudayalaya-can-perform-heart-surgery-us800
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    The greater the air pollution, the smaller the baby, study finds

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The greater the air pollution, the smaller the baby Pregnant women increase the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby when they breathe in air pollution from vehicles, heating and coal power plants, an international study has concluded. The research, the most extensive of its kind on the link between air pollution and fetal development, found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1144802/greater-air-pollution-smaller-baby-study-finds
  9. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    Alzheimer's-detecting technology Neurotrack takes SXSW prize

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Austin, Texas Eye-tracking technology claims to identify ailment six years before symptoms appear Alzheimer's detector takes SXSW prize A technology capable of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease long before its symptoms appear won an honour for innovation at last week's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, in the US state of Texas. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1192400/alzheimers-detecting-technology-neurotrack-takes-sxsw-prize
  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Solo rock stars more likely to die young, study says

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Solo rock stars more likely to die young Solo rock stars are twice as likely to die prematurely as those who perform in groups. British researchers examined the fate of 1,489 rock and pop stars who rose to fame in a period spanning half a century, from Elvis Presley in 1956 to the Arctic Monkeys in 2006. A total of 137, or 9.2 per cent, died ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1109362/solo-rock-stars-more-likely-die-young-study-says

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