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UK Bans Smoking in Cars with Children

A new British law banning smoking in cars while children are present came into effect Thursday but police representatives said it will be "extremely challenging" to enforce.

Under the changes, which apply only in England and Wales, anyone found to be smoking with a passenger under 18 in the vehicle could be fined £50 (68 euros, $76), even if the windows are open.

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Chinese Court Charges 10 Mired in OSI Meat Scandal

Chinese authorities have charged 10 people over "selling inferior products" in the wake of a food scandal that erupted last year at a unit of U.S. food supplier OSI Group, which saw expired meat sold to global fast food chains.

A Chinese court charged the defendants connected to OSI food-processing companies in Shanghai and Hebei Province "on suspicions of producing, selling inferior products", according to a statement published by the Shanghai People’s Procuratorate on Wednesday.

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Experts: Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment has Saved Millions

In just three decades, the once monolithic approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer has become more personalized and less intrusive -- a transformation that likely saved millions of lives, experts say.

From testing methods adapted to an individual's level of risk, better drugs and selective use of chemotherapy, treatment is no longer a one-size-fits-all for some 1.6 million people diagnosed with the disease every year.

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U.N.: HIV Patients Should Start Treatment Immediately

The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately.

That guidance fits with what is already recommended in many developed nations, including the United States.

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UK to Attempt First Womb Transplants

Britain will attempt to carry out its first womb transplants after a clinical trial enabling 10 women to undergo the procedure was approved, doctors said Wednesday.

Surgeons hope to replicate the success of the world's first-ever effective womb transplant, conducted on a 36-year-old woman in Sweden who gave birth last year.

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Signs of Increasing Suicides in Devastated Gaza

Muammar Quider was set to marry, but he reached his breaking point as he dealt with the unique pressures of life in the Gaza Strip.

The 21-year-old Palestinian recently tried to kill himself by swallowing rat poison.

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Study: Less than a Quarter of Cancer Patients have Access to Safe Surgery

Fewer than a quarter of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide this year have access to safe and proper surgery, researchers said Monday.

Surgery is the mainstay of cancer control or cure and is required in 80 percent of cases, but over three quarters of patients cannot get it where they live, according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.

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Gene Test Finds which Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease — good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient's risk.

The test accurately identified a group of women whose cancers are so likely to respond to hormone-blocking drugs that adding chemo would do little if any good while exposing them to side effects and other health risks. In the study, women who skipped chemo based on the test had less than a 1 percent chance of cancer recurring far away, such as the liver or lungs, within the next five years.

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ILO: 300 Million Elderly not Receiving Long-Term Care

More than half the world's elderly lack access to long-term care, the International Labor Organization said in a report Monday, condemning the "deplorable" situation facing a rapidly ageing population.

A new report from the UN agency showed that some 300 million people over the age of 65 cannot easily access long-term care when needed.

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Nigeria Revels in Removal from List of Polio-endemic Nations

Nigeria on Saturday celebrated the announcement by the U.N. health agency that polio is no longer endemic in the country. Polio which can cause life-long paralysis can be prevented with a simple vaccination.

Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria, the World Health Organization said late Friday, leaving only Pakistan and its war-battered neighbor Afghanistan in the list of countries where the disease is prevalent.

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