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Ebola Reveals Shortcomings of African Solidarity

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

The outbreak is a priority on the agenda of the 54-nation African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday, yet the bloc is still smarting from criticism that it reacted too slowly to the outbreak.

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Milk Does a Body Good? A Look at the Science

Embattled milk producers in the U.S. launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.

But how healthy is it?

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Second Bird Flu Case Confirmed in Canada

The husband of a Canadian who was diagnosed earlier this week with bird flu after returning from a trip to China has also tested positive for the virus, health officials said Friday.

The couple in their 50s began feeling sick days after returning home in westernmost British Columbia province.

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Spain Uses Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Damaged Hearts

A Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells culled from healthy donors to treat seven heart attack victims, in what officials said was a world first. 

Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital plans to treat 55 patients in all with the technique in a clinical trial, the regional Madrid government which runs the hospital said in a statement.

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GMO Mosquito Plan Sparks Debate in Florida

A British company's plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents.

As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at urging regulators to "say no" to allowing the tourist-friendly fishing and diving haven to become "a testing ground for these mutant bugs."

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Some Doctors Won't See Patients with Anti-Vaccine Views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

"Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they're not just putting their kids at risk, but they're also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room," the Los Angeles pediatrician said.

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African Leaders Gather for Conflict, Ebola Talks

African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent.

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H5N1 Bird Flu Spreads to 11 States in Nigeria

Nigeria on Thursday confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread from seven to 11 states within a week, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of poultry but no human cases.

Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina told an emergency meeting on the outbreak that "as of yesterday (Wednesday) a total of 11 states, have reported positive cases".

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U.N. Warns Ebola Epidemic 'Not Yet Contained'

The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, U.N. Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday.

"The number of cases is decreasing week by week and getting to zero in many places... but we still see occasional flare-ups and we still see some surprises with new cases out of our contact lists," Nabarro told Agence France Presse.

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Cambodia Bans 'Virgin Surgery' Adverts

The Cambodian government has ordered a hospital to stop advertising so-called virginity restoration procedures, saying it harms the "morality" of society.

A number of Cambodian clinics quietly offer hymenoplasty -- a procedure commonly sought after in countries where a woman's virginity is prized -- but Phnom Penh's Victoria International Hospital is unusual in publicly advertising their services.

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