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U.S. Urges all Donated Blood Undergo Tests for Zika

Donated blood should be tested for the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, US regulators warned amid a mounting outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the United States.

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U.S. Urges All Donated Blood Undergo Tests for Zika

All donated blood should undergo tests for the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, U.S. regulators said Friday amid a mounting outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the United States.

"There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," said Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

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Asia's Aging Population to Cost $20 Trillion

Asia's population is ageing faster than anywhere in the world, a study said Thursday, warning the swelling ranks of the elderly will cost the region $20 trillion in healthcare by 2030.

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Israeli Scientists Say They Can Block Melanoma Spread

Israeli scientists have uncovered how the most severe form of skin cancer spreads to other organs in a discovery that could revolutionize treatment of the disease, they said Tuesday.

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FDA Tests Confirm Hepatitis A in Scallops from Philippines

U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests found hepatitis A in scallops from the Philippines, which have been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of the virus in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Department of Health announced Thursday the FDA laboratory test results of frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops. They're produced by De Oro Resources Inc. Messages left with the company's main office in the Philippines weren't immediately returned.

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Haiti Cholera Victims Welcome U.N. Recognizing Role in Outbreak

Victims' advocates hailed as vindication Thursday the United Nations' acknowledgment it played a role in a devastating cholera epidemic believed to have been imported by U.N. peacekeepers.

The epidemic has killed 10,000 people since it broke out in 2010 in the vicinity of a base housing U.N. peacekeepers, in a country that previously was considered cholera-free.

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Mentally Disabled Found Naked, Filthy in Indian Hospital

Scores of fly-infested mentally disabled patients have been found naked and filthy at a government-run hospital in India, prompting an outcry, a charity worker said Thursday.

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13 Die from Suspected Toxic Liquor in India

At least 13 people died Wednesday, a local official said, after they apparently drank toxic homemade liquor in India's eastern Bihar -- despite a state-wide ban on alcohol.

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Iranians Fight Rising Infertility and Taboos

With infertility rising in pollution-plagued Iran, a growing number of couples must navigate the country's web of social and religious taboos as they seek treatment. 

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Indian PM Says 20 Million Toilets Built in Two Years

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday his government had built more than 20 million toilets and brought electricity to thousands of villages as he delivered an Independence Day report card.

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