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Beer that Killed 75 in Mozambique Brewed with Toxic Flour

A homemade beer that killed 75 drinkers at a funeral in Mozambique earlier this year was brewed with contaminated flour, health authorities said Wednesday, ruling out deliberate poisoning.

Hundreds of people drank the beer, with dozens found dead in their homes later in the day and others rushed to a local hospital with diarrhoea and severe muscle aches.

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OECD: 10-Year Jump in Life Expectancy for Rich Nations, U.S. Lags

Rich countries have gained more than 10 years in life expectancy on average since 1970, a study released by the OECD said Wednesday, but the United States ranked near the bottom in the latest ranking for 2013.

Averaged across men and women, the U.S. -- at 78.8 years -- was 27th in life expectancy at birth among the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the intergovernmental organisation said.

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'Super-Agers' Study May Reveal Secrets to Staying Young

Mary Helen Abbott, 77, paints her lips bright pink, still smokes the occasional cigarette, keeps up on all the gossip at the retirement home and wears a short skirt to fitness class.

She giggles as the aerobics instructor shouts -- "Swagger! Like you are going to meet someone famous!" -- then she and a dozen seniors throw shoulders back, lift their knees high and strut around the exercise studio.

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Deaths among U.S. Whites Rise from Drugs, Alcohol, Suicide

Middle-aged white Americans are dying at increasing rates from drug and alcohol use and suicide, in what researchers described Monday as a "epidemic" that raises concern for the future.

Since 1998, the mortality rate among whites aged 45-54 in America has risen steadily, and while the reasons remain unclear experts pointed to increasing availability of prescription painkillers, a subsequent shift toward heroin use, and economic struggles.

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German Medical Company Rejects Blame for Blinded Patients

A German medical company on Monday rejected claims its product cost 13 Spaniards their sight in one eye as the substance was also linked to medical mishaps in France.

The Spanish and French governments have recalled the compound, Ala Octa, which is used in eye surgery and produced by German company Alamedics.

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Ireland Plans Heroin Injection Centers

Ireland aims to become the latest European nation to introduce supervised heroin injecting rooms in a radical overhaul of its approach to substance abuse, the country's drugs minister said on Monday.

Aodhan O Riordain, the minister with responsibility for drugs strategy, told AFP that the government was planning for the legislation to allow such rooms to be enacted by the first quarter of next year.

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Iraq Combats Cholera with Massive Vaccination Campaign

Iraq is carrying out a major vaccination campaign to combat a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 2,200 people, the health ministry said on Sunday.

The campaign, focused on vaccinating people displaced by conflict including the war with the Islamic State group, began Saturday, health minister Adeela Hammoud Hussein said in a statement.

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Turkey Death Toll from Bootleg Booze Hits 23

The death toll in Turkey from drinking bootleg liquor has risen to 23 after 11 more people died in hospital over the past two days, local media said Sunday.

The victims had all consumed raki, a strong aniseed-flavored liquor which is Turkey's national drink, which health authorities believe had been infused with lethal quantities of methyl alcohol.

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Nestle Restarts Maggi Noodle Production in India

Nestle said Tuesday it had restarted production of Maggi noodles in India after a government ban was overturned, in a major step towards getting the hugely popular brand back on shelves.

"We have resumed manufacturing of Maggi Noodles at three of our plants, at Nanjangud (Karnataka), Moga (Punjab) and Bicholim (Goa)," the Swiss food giant said in a statement.

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Australia Says Linking Sausages to Tobacco Risk 'a Farce'

One of the world's top meat exporters Australia Tuesday ridiculed a landmark UN report linking sausages and ham to cancer, saying it was "a farce" to suggest they could be as lethal as cigarettes.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed 800 studies from around the world and found that processed meats such as sausages, ham, and hot dogs cause bowel cancer, and red meat "probably" does too.

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