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Dementia Rates Slowing, Says U.S. Study

Dementia rates in the United States may be falling, an influential study released Wednesday said, offering hope that some cases of the disease might be delayed or even preventable.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, appeared to defy fears over an explosion in the disease among the country's aging population.

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In Central America, Gangs an Obstacle in Battle against Zika

For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives.

Armed and well-organized street gangs known as maras exert near-total control over entire neighborhoods, using sentries to track everyone who comes and goes. In some cases, they deny access to health crews they suspect of working with police or a rival gang.

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Refugee Mental Health Needs could Overwhelm, Experts Fear

For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home.

But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be in denial about, is the need to treat the mental scars of war, experts said.

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Palestinian Doctor Aims to Boost West Bank Medical Services

After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The British-educated cardiologist has become a media darling in his native land and now speaks of ambitious plans to raise the level of the entire Palestinian medical infrastructure.

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Obama Calls for $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika

President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus at home and abroad.

The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring an explosion in cases.

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Study: Bone Tests Can Ruin Migrant Kids' Europe Chances

Among the refugees arriving on Europe's shores seeking sanctuary from war, poverty or persecution, many are children -- often orphaned, alone and without official papers.

Once they get there, the older ones may be subjected to physical assessments to determine whether they are in fact still children who qualify for certain rights.

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Over 180 Swine Flu Deaths in Ukraine since September

More than 180 people have died of swine flu in Ukraine since late September, the health ministry said on Monday, adding that three of the victims were children.

The war-scarred former Soviet country has been swept by a general flu epidemic that overall has claimed 220 lives since September 28, when the first illness was recorded, the ministry said.

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26 Indonesians Die after Drinking Bootleg Alcohol

More than two dozen Indonesians have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in central Java, police said Monday.

Investigators said a majority of the victims died after purchasing home-made liquor from a couple in Sleman, a town north of Yogyakarta city, local police said.

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Hondurans Mobilize to Wipe out Zika

Armed with brooms, spades and hoes, Hondurans by the thousands took part in a day of national mobilization to try and eradicate mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, the government said.

Some 200,000 residents of this Central American nation spent Saturday ridding homes and gardens of standing water and fumigating areas suspected of harboring larvae from the virus-carrying mosquito.

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101 Die in Nigeria from Lassa Fever Outbreak

A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday. 

Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the hemorrhagic disease -- both confirmed and suspected -- stood at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

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