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South Korea reports two more deaths in MERS outbreak bringing total to 29

SEOUL South Korea’s Health Ministry reported on Thursday two more deaths in a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, bringing the number of fatalities to 29. The ministry also said…

DaVita Healthcare Partners to pay $450 million for violating False Claims Act: Justice Department

WASHINGTON DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc, the largest provider of dialysis services in the United States, has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims…

Drug-resistant bacteria lurk in crowded Afghan war clinic

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan A frontline hospital in Afghanistan already stretched by rising war casualties is facing another, invisible danger that is only beginning to come to light: highly contagious strains of…

Drastic acceleration of HIV fight needed to stop AIDS resurgence

LONDON, The global HIV epidemic could see a resurgence in just five years without a drastic acceleration in efforts to prevent and treat the AIDS virus, the United Nations and…

Vancouver votes to regulate booming marijuana dispensary industry

VANCOUVER Vancouver city councillors on Wednesday voted in favor of new rules for licensing marijuana dispensaries, despite objections from the federal government, becoming the first Canada city to regulate retailers…

Stroke centers more common where laws encourage them

(Reuters Health) – State laws have played a big part in boosting the number of hospitals where specialized stroke care is available, a new study shows. During the study, the…

Nearly half of Hispanics with high cholesterol don’t realize it

(Reuters Health) – Nearly half of Hispanic adults with high cholesterol are unaware they have the condition, and only a third of them get treatment, a U.S. study finds. Researchers…

U.S. CDC updates recommendation for new meningitis B vaccines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday recommended that decisions to use new meningitis B vaccines from Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline in people aged 16 to 23 be…

‘Virtual reality’ treatment shows promise for alcoholism

(Reuters Health) – A form of “virtual reality” therapy might help treat alcohol addiction, suggests a preliminary study from South Korea. The study involved only 10 patients with alcohol dependence.…

At least 18 people die of cholera in South Sudan in three weeks

(This version of the story corrects Tuesday story to remove reference to a death at U.N. facility) JUBA (Reuters) – Cholera has killed at least 18 people in Juba, capital…