Health

More Pilot Mental Health Checks, Alcohol Testing on Cards Under EU Proposals

BERLIN, Dec 11 – The European Commission will propose legislation next year requiring airlines to run mental health checks on pilots before they start commercial flying, as part of efforts to prevent a recurrence of last year’s Germanwings crash. Authorities have been looking at ways to toughen pilot screening and better assess their mental health after

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WHO urges Trump to Expand Obamacare, Ensure Healthcare for All

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 10 – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to expand Obamacare and ensure all Americans have access to healthcare. The real estate magnate takes office next month after promising to repeal outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy which helped millions more Americans get medical insurance

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Britain Publishes Draft Sugar Tax

By Martinne Geller LONDON, Dec 5  – Britain moved forward with its planned sugar tax on Monday, publishing draft legislation confirming a two-band levy for sugar-added soft drinks aimed at fighting obesity. In opting for a sugar tax, Britain joins Belgium, France, Hungary and Mexico, all of which have imposed some form of tax on

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Egyptian Man Grows ‘Beard of Bees’, Hopes to Promote Apian Benefits

By Amr Abdallah Dalsh SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt, Dec 4 – Mohamed Hagras stands bare chested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the “Beard of Bees”. To attract the insects he has a box housing their queen’s hormones strapped to his chin. The 31-year-old engineer-turned-beekeeper has been doing this

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Germany Detects H5N1 Bird Flu on Poultry Farm in Brandenburg

BERLIN, Dec 2 – Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state’s consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman

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U.N. Chief Sorry for World Body’s Role in Haiti Cholera Outbreak

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 – Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti on Thursday for the world body’s role in a deadly cholera outbreak blamed on Nepali U.N. peacekeepers that has killed more than 9,300 people. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when the peacekeepers dumped

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Surprising Monkey Study Could Lead to ‘Functional’ HIV Cure

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Dec 1 – Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the attention of the director of

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Gaza Doctors Face Challenge After Birth of Conjoined Twins

GAZA, Nov 23 – Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins – baby girls who share one heart and one body. “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, but we discovered that it is a Siamese baby,” said Hanan

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