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South Korea Declares End to MERS Outbreak

South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the danger posed by what was the biggest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia was over.

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Beverage Group Sues City over Soda Warnings, Advertising Ban

The American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1CZREzp) the association filed the lawsuit on Friday.

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Abou Faour Urges People against Burning Piling Garbage, Calls for Patience

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour urged the people on Monday to adopt a number of precautions when tackling the ongoing trash disposal crisis.

He called on them against burning waste that has overflowed in dumpsters, warning of cancer hazards it presents.

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Alarm Sounded over Myanmar's Betel Habit

As he manoeuvres his taxi through the barely moving traffic of downtown Yangon, Myo Min Htaike's jaw methodically pounds a pulpy mass of nuts and tobacco, his teeth stained a dark blood-red.

Plying his trade in the seemingly eternal gridlock of Myanmar's now booming commercial hub, he is more than used to spending long days on the roads and "kun ja" -- better known as betel nut or quid -- is the one thing that keeps him going. 

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Sierra Leone President Unveils Post-Ebola 'Battle Plan'

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has unveiled a post-Ebola "battle plan" to help the west African country turn the page on the devastating epidemic.

"Beyond the immediate nine-month recovery period, we will commence a two-year plan during which we must resolve to restore Sierra Leone to the path to prosperity," Koroma said in a statement released Friday.

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Lifestyle Changes May Guard Aging Brain against Memory Loss

The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.

It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer's disease, and an aging population is at risk now.

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U.S. Regulators Give Limited Approval to Cholesterol Drug

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new cholesterol drug called Praluent, made by Sanofi and Regeneron, for people with certain genetic risk factors for heart disease.

The injectable drug is the first of its kind to gain approval on the U.S. market, and offers an alternative to popular pill-based statins.

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Exercise Good for Brain, Even for those with Alzheimer's

Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide— and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's.

The effects were modest, but a series of studies reported Thursday found vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer's — and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.

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European Regulators Give go-Ahead for Malaria Vaccine

European regulators on Friday gave the go-ahead for the world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine, despite mixed results from a years-long trial on nearly 15,500 children in seven African countries.

The London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement it had adopted "a positive scientific opinion for Mosquirix... for use outside the European Union". The drug is also known as RTS,S.

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Report: U.S. Anthrax Samples Shipped to Dozens of Labs in Past Decade

The U.S. military shipped live anthrax samples to dozens of facilities in the country and to seven other nations over the past decade, a government report found Thursday, blaming faulty specimen killing and poor testing.

In all, 86 labs have received live anthrax specimens since 2005, the report said, following up on an embarrassing mistake for the military.

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