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Health, Election Work Elevated Jimmy Carter Post-Presidency

To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.

Zakaria was the last person to be declared disease-free in Ghana after more than 20 years of work spearheaded the former president's humanitarian organization, The Carter Center. Zakaria, who is in her 40s, said she and her family have prayed every day since Carter announced this month that cancer has spread to his brain and forced him to scale back his work.

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U.S. Approves Injectable Anti-Cholesterol Drug Repatha

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved Repatha, the second injectable drug of its kind designed for certain patients with stubbornly high cholesterol which puts them at risk of heart disease.

Repatha, also known as evolocumab, is made by Amgen and is part of a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors, or antibodies which work on the liver to lower cholesterol.

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Study: Teenage Goths at Higher Risk of Depression

Teenagers who identify as "goths", a subculture known for its members' black clothes and makeup, have a three times higher risk of depression than non-goth peers, researchers said Friday.

But they could not be sure whether it was a case of depression leading kids to join this particular subgroup, or being caused by it.

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Fears Grow for Nepal's Pregnant Women after Quake

As labor pains gripped Junu Shrestha around midnight one day in early July, the heavily pregnant villager set off on foot along a muddy path destroyed in Nepal's earthquake, desperate for help.

She stumbled in the dark for two hours before reaching a handful of medical tents erected after the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 flattened her local clinic.

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Pneumonic Plague Kills Eight in Madagascar

Eight people have died in two days of pneumonic plague on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar which is hit by deadly outbreaks almost every year, a health ministry official said Wednesday.

Pneumonic plague is rare and more vicious than the commonly-known bubonic strain as it gives antibiotics little time to act and can kill within 24 hours.

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Study: Blood Test could Predict Breast Cancer's Return

An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumors would be detectable on scans, researchers said Wednesday.

The technology, described in the journal Science Translational Medicine, works by detecting cancer DNA that circulates in the bloodstream.

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Newborn Dies after Rat Bites in Indian Hospital

A newborn has died after being bitten by rats in a government-run hospital in southern India where he was undergoing treatment, the baby's mother alleged Thursday.

Three health officials have been suspended over the incident at the Guntur Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh state where the 10-day-old boy was being treated for a urinary tract problem. 

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Gene Study Confirms Low Vitamin D, Multiple Sclerosis Link

A major genetic study Tuesday confirmed a link between low vitamin D and a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, a finding which experts say could lead to better treatment and prevention.

Previous observational studies have found an association between a person's level of vitamin D, which comes from sunlight and from certain foods, and MS, a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and has no known cause or cure.

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Study: Fish Oil Supplements don't Prevent Mental Decline

Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, do not protect against mental decline despite common belief, said a study Tuesday spanning 4,000 older people.

The five-year clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is "one of the largest and longest of its kind," according to a statement from the US National Institutes of Health, which funded the research.

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Spain Detects First Case of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus

Spain has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in a 60-year-old man in the eastern province of Valencia, officials said Tuesday.

The man was "most likely" infected in Gandia, a seaside Mediterranean resort, and was treated in hospital last month, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said in a statement.

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