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Minister: UAE Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 10

The MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013, the health minister said in comments published by local media on Wednesday

Health Minister Abdul Rahman al-Owais gave the latest toll in comments to the national federal council, a partially-elected parliament, saying six UAE nationals and four foreigners have died from the disease, local newspapers said.

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Doctor Exposes China's Medical Corruption Epidemic

Ordering an unnecessary pacemaker, urging a woman to be hospitalized for a sore throat -- a doctor's allegations of corruption spotlight troubles so endemic in China's healthcare system that patients frequently turn violent.

Lan Yuefeng, a former hospital ultrasound chief, ignited fury when she accused her hospital of exploiting the sick by routinely overprescribing medicine and treatment.

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New Therapy Wipes out Cervical Cancer in Two Women

Aricca Wallace knew she was nearly out of time. 

For more than three years, she had suffered cramping and irregular bleeding, which her doctor thought was a side effect of her birth control implant, known as an intrauterine device, or IUD. 

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Colon Cancer Screening Said to Help after Age 75

How old is too old for a colonoscopy? A surprising number of people older than 75 haven't ever been screened for colon cancer — and researchers reported Monday that it's not too late for them to get caught up.

Some may even consider screening into their 80s.

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New Allergy Tablets offer Alternative to Shots

For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years to gradually reduce their immune system's over-reaction.

Now patients can try another type of therapy to train their immune system, new once-a-day tablets that dissolve quickly under the tongue and steadily raise tolerance to grass or ragweed pollen, much like the shots.

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Immunotherapy is New Revolution in Cancer Fight

A nurse takes care of a patient on February 6, 2013 in Lille

Immunotherapy has made great strides against cancers like melanoma that were once believed incurable, though scientists still do not understand why it works well in some cases but not others.

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Rare 'Mono Mono' Twins Could be Home Within Weeks

The identical twins, born sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta, are making progress toward going home from the hospital, their parents say. A photo showing twins Jenna and Jillian holding hands taken shortly after birth May 9 at Akron General Medical Center went viral.

"It's still been crazy," father Bill Thistlethwaite said. "Everywhere we go, someone saw it. People are still talking about it."

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Treatment Extends Life for Men with Prostate Cancer

A new treatment has been shown to extend the lifespans of men with advanced prostate cancer by as much as one year, researchers said Sunday.

The study involved 790 men who were diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, meaning the disease had spread beyond the prostate.

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Breast Cancer Gene also Points to Lung Risk

A notorious breast cancer gene has been shown to also increase a smoker's risk of developing lung cancer -- by almost double, a study said Sunday.

The finding, published in the journal Nature Genetics, opens possible avenues for treatment and for screening of those at risk, said the authors.

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New Drug to Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence Shows Promise

A new treatment option is more effective than tamoxifen at preventing a return of breast cancer in young women, according to the results of two international trials released Sunday.

The findings show that exemestane, given along with treatment to suppress the function of the ovaries, reduced the risk of breast cancer's return by 34 percent, and cut the risk of a subsequent invasive cancer by 28 percent.

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