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Chinese people getting 'taller and fatter'

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Chinese people are growing taller as the country becomes richer but they are getting fatter even faster, the government and state media said. The proportion of Chinese over-18s who were overweight stood at 30.1 percent in 2012, up 7.3 percentage points over a decade, Wang Guoqiang,...(more) 

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Liberia registers second confirmed Ebola case: health official

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MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia confirmed a second case of Ebola on Tuesday just a day after authorities announced they had detected the deadly virus seven weeks after the West African country was declared Ebola-free, a senior health official said.  

Obama aims to change conversation around health care law

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is aiming to change the conversation around his health care law from talk about undoing it to talk of how to make it better.... 

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Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

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Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from...(more) 

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South Korea waives visa fees to attract tourists amid MERS

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South Korea on Wednesday said it would waive visa fees for visitors from China and Southeast Asia as it struggles to recover from the MERS outbreak which has seen tourist numbers plummet. The justice ministry said visas which had been already issued would be extended for...(more) 

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California governor toughens vaccinations rules

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California's governor on Tuesday signed a bill toughening vaccination requirements for children, following a measles outbreak and outcry across the country. The new law will require all children to be immunized before entering kindergarten, with exceptions allowed only if a doctor advises against immunization, said Jerry...(more) 

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Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV

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Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization said. "Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. 

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PTSD tied to heart, stroke risk among women

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By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, suggests a new study. Women with the most symptoms were about 60 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared...(more) 

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California bill limits school vaccine exemptions

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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for communicable diseases in the aftermath of a measles outbreak at Disneyland that was linked to low...(more) 

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Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

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By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - One in four seniors who've been in car accidents will have lasting pain, and many will struggle to perform basic daily activities in the months afterward, a new study suggests. Car crashes are the second most common form of trauma...(more) 

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Honduras issues arrest warrant for Congress vice-president

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Honduran authorities have issued an arrest warrant for federal lawmaker and Congress vice-president Lena Gutierrez, along with 15 other people accused of defrauding the country's health ministry, the head of the supreme court said on Tuesday. Gutierrez, from the governing National Party, was charged last week...(more) 

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FDA seeks data on e-cigarettes after surge in poisoning cases

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use. The agency has evaluated data and science on...(more) 

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