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Three More Dead from Legionnaire's Disease in Spain

Three more people have died from Legionnaire's disease in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, officials said Tuesday, bringing to seven the death toll from the lung infection in the region in just over a week.

The three deaths took place in Ripollet, a town near Barcelona, Catalonia's health department said.

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Boost in Quest for TB Breath Test

A simple breath test may one day show whether someone has a strain of tuberculosis that will respond to a frontline antibiotic, or a drug-resistant type, scientists said Tuesday.

Building on previous work for a fast-track breath test, their new prototype technique looks for traces of nitrogen gas emitted by the disease-causing germ Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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U.S. Beverage Giants Vow to Cut Calories to Fight Obesity

U.S. soft-drinks giants Tuesday promised to work to reduce the country's beverage calorie consumption by 20 percent by 2025 in a campaign to counter obesity trends.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple pledged to provide smaller-sized bottles, and more water and other low- or no-calorie beverages, to the market to help bring down per-person consumption of their high-sugar drinks.

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Most U.S. Kids Who Take ADHD Meds Don't Get Therapy

Fewer than a quarter of U.S. children prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) get the recommended behavioral therapy along with it, said a study out Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics examined records of more than 300,000 children from 1,516 counties across the United States who had received an ADHD prescription.

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WHO: Ebola Cases to Triple to 20,000 by November Unless Efforts Raised

The number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November, soaring by the thousands every week if efforts are not significantly stepped up to stop the outbreak, the WHO warned Tuesday.

"Without drastic improvements in control measures, the numbers of cases of and deaths from Ebola are expected to continue increasing from hundreds to thousands per week in the coming months," the World Health Organization said in a study.

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Jobless and Poor, Ghana's Youth Turn to Selling Blood

To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood.

Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighborhoods in Accra, scouring for teenagers and 20-somethings to give blood outside the capital's largest hospital.

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Athlete Lunches Dumped after Salmonella Scare at Asian Games

Asian Games organizers prevented a potential mass outbreak of food poisoning after salmonella was detected in lunch boxes prepared for athletes, officials said on Monday.

The bacteria was found Sunday in meat included on boxed meals provided by a food caterer.

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Sierra Leone's Three-Day Ebola Shutdown Ends

Millions of Sierra Leoneans were set to emerge from their homes on Monday after a three-day nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered.

The west African country had imposed the extreme measure confining its six million people to their homes for 72 hours in a bid to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed more than 2,600 lives there and in neighboring Liberia and Guinea this year.

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Rome Mayor: Pope Calls for More People to Donate Organs

Pope Francis has called for more people to donate their organs in a bid to stop illegal trafficking, but spoke out against the legalization of the organ market, Rome's mayor said Saturday.

"The pope authorized me to say that in his view organ donation through generosity must be encouraged, but the commercial use of organs is immoral," mayor Ignazio Marino said, after meeting with Francis on Friday.

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Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday.

The virus was transmitted to the newborns by their mothers, who had the illness when they gave birth, said Carmen Adames, who is coordinating the Health Ministry's response to the outbreak. None of the infants died, she said.

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