Health

Iraq Bans Poultry Imports from 24 Countries over Avian Flu Threat

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – Iraq has extended a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products to cover two dozen countries, including China and South Africa, the government said on Sunday. Baghdad last month restricted poultry imports from France, where an outbreak of avian flu has been reported. “The import of poultry and birds of

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Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital in a Decade

GAZA, Jan 6 – The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused

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Hong Kong on Health Alert After China Bird Flu Death

HONG KONG, Jan 6 – A woman in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after being infected with the highly contagious H5N6 bird flu virus, days after she was admitted to hospital, Hong Kong’s Health Department said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman’s death last week comes ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday

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Britain Set for First Mass Strike by Doctors in 40 Years

LONDON, Jan 5 – The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts, potentially the first such strikes for four decades. Junior doctors, or doctors in training who represent just over half of all doctors in

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AXIM Bags Pot Discount for Gum to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

By Natalie Grover Jan 4 – AXIM Biotechnologies Inc, a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The company says it will be able to price its gum cheaper than a major

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Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus

SAN JUAN, Jan 4 – Puerto Rico has reported its first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a U.S. Congressman said on Thursday. Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, said in a

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Ukraine Health System in Danger of Collapse as Reforms Stall

By Alessandra Prentice STAIKY, Ukraine, Dec 23 – Paint is flaking on the damp walls and cracked ceilings of the small hospital in the Ukrainian village of Staiky and much of the equipment is over 30 years old. Running hot water is not guaranteed and the hospital, serving about 2,800 people in Staiky and other

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Squeezed by Budget and Daesh, Iraq’s Health System Struggles

BAGHDAD, Dec 15 – Iraq’s prime minister responded to protests this summer over failing public services by launching a campaign against corruption and mismanagement, yet more than four months later there is little sign of improvement in one key sector: healthcare. With Iraqis fleeing Daesh in ever greater numbers, the country’s growing population of internal

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The Brunt of Climate Change

By Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 5 – Small islands affected by the rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact. Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat

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British Lawmakers Call for Sugar Tax to Tackle Childhood Obesity

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – British lawmakers urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for “unhealthy food and drink”, to try to tackle childhood obesity. Parliament’s Health Committee said there was “clear evidence that measures to improve the food environment” must be

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