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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.…

Newborn death rates decrease worldwide: WHO

GENEVA — Global death rates among newborns under one month old are dropping, a study by the World Health Organization showed Tuesday. “Newborn deaths decreased from 4.6 million in 1990 to 3.3 million in 2009,” the UN health agency said in a statement. However, developing nations are still reporting a…

Mexico state near US on alert after H1N1 deaths

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AFP) – Authorities in Mexico’s Chihuahua state along the US border announced preventive health measures Sunday to stanch a return of an H1N1 epidemic after four people recently died of the virus. “School checks will be implemented following a renewed outbreak of H1N1 human influenza, as a…

WHO sees Japan food safety situation as “serious”

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and South Korea announced on Monday they will toughen checks of Japanese food for radioactivity, hours after the World Health Organization said the detection of radiation in some food in Japan was a more serious problem than it had expected. China will monitor food imported from…

Swine flu kills 12 in Hong Kong in under a month

HONG KONG — At least 12 people have died from swine flu in Hong Kong in less than a month, the territory’s health authority said on Thursday, after the latest death from the disease. A spokeswoman for the health authority said one elderly person had died of confirmed swine flu,…

China prohibits smoking in movies, television

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China’s media watchdog, called for “strict control” of smoking scenes…

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