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Should Parents Talk to Children about the Paris Attacks?

With saturation media coverage of the Paris attacks, parents are asking themselves if they should talk to their children about the killings -- and how they should go about it.

Most child psychology experts believe that children should be told, but warn that parents have to be careful not to allow them to be overwhelmed by fear or horror at what happened.

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Bill Restricting Brazil Abortions Inspires Anger, Angst

It's a disturbing scene: a Brazilian rape victim arrives at the hospital seeking an abortion, but first she must prove she was raped and undergo invasive questioning.

That is the proposal contained in a bill introduced by the controversial speaker of Brazil's lower house, Eduardo Cunha, that has sparked protests by outraged women across the country.

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Survey: Autism Rate Doubles in U.S. to One in 45 Kids

Autism affects one in 45 children in the United States, almost twice the rate from a few years ago, said a survey Friday that uses a new approach to assess the frequency of the developmental disorder.

The latest figures may reflect a more accurate picture of autism spectrum disorder, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, and so does not necessarily mean that there is a ballooning autism epidemic. 

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Thousands to be Sterilized in Global 'Vasectomy-Athon'

Thousands of men around the world are to be sterilized Friday in what organizers have dubbed a global "vasectomy-athon", to encourage men to take a bigger role in family planning.

Some 750 doctors in 25 countries are to perform the procedure on over 3,000 volunteers to mark World Vasectomy Day, with many operations being provided free or at discounted rates.

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Baby with Two Heads Born in Bangladesh

Doctors at a Bangladesh hospital were treating a baby girl born with two heads on Thursday, medical officials and the newborn's father said.

The baby was born late Wednesday and is now being treated for breathing difficulties after being shifted to the intensive care unit of the country's largest hospital in Dhaka.

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Over 230,000 Vaccinated in Iraq Anti-Cholera Campaign

More than 230,000 people received a first dose of cholera vaccine in a massive campaign to combat an outbreak of the disease in Iraq, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Over 2,500 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Iraq since the outbreak began, causing two confirmed deaths, according to the WHO.

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Health Ministry: Cholera Case Diagnosed in Oman

Omani health authorities have urged caution after a woman who had visited Iraq was found to be infected with cholera, local media reported on Monday. 

"The Omani woman who was diagnosed with the disease had visited Iraq recently," the local Times of Oman daily quoted the health ministry as saying. 

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Nestle's Maggi Noodles Back on Sale in India

Nestle's hugely popular Maggi noodles returned to shelves in India on Monday five months after the government banned them saying lead levels were too high.

"We are delighted to announce that your beloved Maggi noodles is back. The roll out has begun today," Nestle India said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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WHO to Declare End of Ebola in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization is set to announce Saturday that Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone has beaten an outbreak that killed almost 4,000 of its people and plunged the economy into recession.

The former British colony recorded around half of the cases in an epidemic that has infected 28,600 people across the three hardest-hit west African nations and claimed 11,300 lives since December 2013.

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Germany Outlaws 'Business' of Assisted Suicide

Germany on Friday passed a law banning professional assisted suicide services -- even if practitioners say they do so purely in the interest of suffering people.

Critics warned however that this meant doctors could now face prosecution for helping their terminally ill patients to die.

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