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Human Form of 'Mad Cow' Disease Detectable in Skin

Abnormal proteins involved in the brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human form of "mad cow" disease, are detectable in the skin, researchers said Wednesday, raising new concerns about transmission.

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French Choke Up over Proposal to Ban Smoking in Films

A proposal to ban smoking in French films has been met with splutters of indignation in a land raised on images of puffing, pouting silver-screen stars.

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Doctors at Vatican to Debate Ethics of Euthanasia

"We don't carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for," says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.

The World Medical Association (WMA)has gathered at the heart of the Catholic Church to debate its policy on end-of-life care.

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US Approves First Pill with Digital Tracking Device

US regulators have approved the first pill that contains a digital tracking sensor to alert doctors and caregivers as to whether a patient is taking the medication as scheduled.

The pill, called Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor), is designed for patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

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Kenyan Woman Gives Birth to Rare Quintuplets

A Kenyan woman gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets on Sunday, however the first two baby boys died shortly after being born in a small town in the west of the country.

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WHO Wary of 'Major Setback' on Cholera in Yemen amid Blockade

The World Health Organization warned Friday that a Saudi-led blockade of Yemen was threatening to undo efforts to rein in a cholera epidemic already affecting nearly one million people in the war-ravaged country.

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Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Looms for 20 Years

Women who are treated for a kind of breast cancer that is fueled by the hormone estrogen face a substantial risk of the cancer returning, even 20 years later, researchers said Wednesday.

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Brazil's Tech Junkies Seek Healing at Digital Detox Clinic

Like many young people, 29-year-old student L.L. loves his cell phone. So much so, in fact, that his studies, his work and even his personal relationships have suffered, and his phone eventually became a way to avoid people in the real world. 

That was when he realized he needed help.

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Elderly UK Couple Die in Garden after Suffering Separate Falls

A British couple in their 80s, together since their schooldays, died in their garden on the same day this summer after suffering separate falls, according to a coroner's report.

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UN, Colombia Sign Key Anti-Cocaine Pact

The UN and Bogota signed a major pact Friday to uproot Colombia's booming cocaine business, as part of ongoing peace efforts between the government and drug trade-controlling rebels.

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