Health

Studies suggest role of bats, snakes in outbreak of China virus

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China may have originated in bats or snakes, according to genetic analysis of the virus that has so far killed 17 people. The theories are based on examination …

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Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. Fears …

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US begins airport screenings as SARS-linked virus kills 2 in China

By Issam Ahmed WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) — The US will begin screening passengers Friday arriving from a Chinese city at the heart of a mysterious SARS-linked virus, officials said, after an outbreak that has stricken dozens claimed a second life. …

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Mystery China virus patients could have infected family members: officials

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen could have been spread between family members in the Chinese city of Wuhan, local authorities said Wednesday. The outbreak, which has killed one person, …

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Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A case of the mystery respiratory infection related to the potentially deadly SARS virus, which first emerged in China, has been confirmed in Japan, authorities said Thursday. It appears to be only the second time the …

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First case of mystery SARS-like virus found outside China

by Nina LARSON GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on …

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Robo-crib highlights infant safety at technology show

  LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AFP) — A robotic crib with a mission of preventing sudden infant death syndrome made its appearance this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, part of a growing “baby tech” exhibit. Snoo cribs, made by the …

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New virus behind China’s mystery pneumonia outbreak: state media

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China believes a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck 59 people is due to a new strain of virus from the family of pathogens that includes SARS, state media said Thursday. The infection was first confirmed …

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No link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, finds major study

By Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) — A major US government-led study published Tuesday found no link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder in the genital area, citing data from more than 250,000 women. The paper appeared …

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US unveils partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US government announced Thursday it was banning most flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to curb the rising tide of youth vaping, but under industry pressure, it stopped short of the full …

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AI beats human breast cancer diagnosis

By Patrick Galey PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — A computer programme can identify breast cancer from routine scans with greater accuracy than human experts, researchers said in what they hoped could prove a breakthrough in the fight against the global killer. …

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Measles killed more than 140,000 amid stagnating vaccine rates

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — More than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US authorities said Thursday, the result of global vaccination rates that have stagnated for almost a decade. Poorer countries …

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