Saturday, January 20, 2018

China’s birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children, a result parents say of the stresses of urban life. There were...

Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue

A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough...

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic...

Women march in Polish cities to demand abortion rights

Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law. Hundreds...

Breastfeeding for 6 months cuts diabetes risk in half: study

Women who breastfeed their babies for six months or more may be able to cut their risk of developing diabetes in the future by nearly half, according to a study Tuesday. The findings from a...

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent. Located in the bustling...

Police raid France’s Lactalis after baby milk scandal

French police raided the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis on Wednesday over a baby milk salmonella scare that has sickened dozens of children and led to a major international recall. Dozens of police were searching...

Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country’s eastern Punjab province. Imran Nazir says the week-long campaign was launched on Monday amid tight security. He says thousands of workers...

CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images

Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products. The company said it has a responsibility to think about sending messages of unrealistic body images to...

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when...
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