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Robertson pushes false theory that AIDS came from monkey-based Polio vaccine

TV preacher Pat Robertson on Thursday advanced a discredited conspiracy theory that AIDS had originated with polio vaccines being tested on monkeys. “There’s a disease called AIDS… Where did it come from?” he asked. “From what I can gather, it came from Africa. I think the World Health Organization was…

WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is forming an emergency committee of international experts to prepare for a possible worsening of the Middle East coronavirus, which has killed 40 people, WHO flu expert Keiji Fukuda said on Friday. Fukuda said there was currently no emergency or pandemic but the…

Death toll of new SARS-like virus rises to 30

The global death toll from a SARS-like virus has risen to 30, the World Health Organization said Friday after three people died of the illness in Saudi Arabia, which is bearing the brunt of the outbreak. WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told reporters that the number was raised from 27 after…

Bird flu cases more common than thought: study

Bird flu is believed to be a rare disease that kills more than half of the people it infects, but a US study out Thursday suggests it may be more common and less lethal than previously thought. The research could help soothe concerns about the potential for a deadly pandemic…

Scientists debate mutant bird flu risk at WHO

Scientists met behind closed doors in Geneva Thursday to discuss whether controversial research on a mutant form of bird flu capable of being spread among humans can be made public. The two-day gathering at the World Health Organization (WHO) was called to discuss the studies on the H5N1 virus which…

Lifestyle changes can help prevent 30% of cancers: WHO

More than 30 percent of cancers can be prevented by lifestyle changes, the World Health Organization said Friday, on the eve of World Cancer Day. Among key risk factors for cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, a diet low in fruit and vegetable intake and lack of physical activity. “Tobacco…

AIDS killed 28,000 in China in 2011, study says

AIDS killed 28,000 people in China last year, and another 48,000 new infections from the HIV virus were discovered in the country, according to an official report on Saturday. In China 780,000 people live with the HIV virus, of which 154,000 developed AIDS, a report jointly produced by China’s Ministry…

Social inequality in wealthy nations on the rise: WHO

Social inequality in wealthy nations is increasing while in parts of the developing world many diseases are on the wane, Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization said Monday. “In some wealthy countries, the difference in the quality of life between the older generation and today’s youth is the…

One in five Americans has hearing loss: study

WASHINGTON — About one in five Americans age 12 and over suffers from hearing loss in at least one ear that is severe enough to interfere with daily communication, US researchers said Monday. The estimate is the first to cover the entire United States instead of select populations according to…

New lab trains global scientists in food safety

Global food trade is a big and risky business. About one trillion dollars worth of food is traded every year around the world, but only a tiny portion gets tested for contaminants — ranging from about one percent of imports in the United States to about 10 percent in Japan.…

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