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Liberia's Ivorian Refugees Finally Going Home as Ebola Ends

Deep in Liberia's forested hinterland, thousands of refugees who fled conflict in Ivory Coast have been waiting in limbo, impatient to rebuild their shattered lives back home but unable to leave.

They were preparing their return last summer when suddenly they found themselves trapped in a major tropical disease outbreak as Ebola ravaged their host nation, prompting the government to close its borders.

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Bird Flu Takes Big Toll Yet as Virus Hits U.S. Chicken Farms

Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the U.S. Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:

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U.S. Weighs Regulating Homeopathy

U.S. regulators assessing homeopathic treatments' safety and efficacy could overhaul rules of the multi-billion-dollar industry, they said Tuesday.

Two days of public hearings wrapped up Tuesday to help determine if current regulations are still relevant for the industry that has seen "explosive growth" in the last 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

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Local Gin Suspected of Causing 18 Mystery Nigeria Deaths

Ethanol poisoning from a locally brewed gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people last week, Nigerian health authorities said Monday.

"We strongly suspect ethanol poisoning and in view of this, we have ordered for another toxicology test for the surviving victims," Ondo state health commissioner Dayo Adeyanju told Agence France Presse.

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Mammograms in 40s a Choice, but Don't Skip at 50

Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 — and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force said Monday.

Also, there's not enough evidence to tell if new 3-D mammograms are the best option for routine screening, or if women with dense breasts need extra testing to find hidden tumors, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded.

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Study: Mind Training as Effective as Anti-Depressants

A form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said Monday.

Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems, said a study in The Lancet medical journal.

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Mayor in Standoff with Chemical Firms in Israel's Haifa

Municipal rubbish trucks blocked the entrances to a refinery and four chemical plants in Israel's third city Haifa Monday following a scare over high cancer rates, a municipal spokesman said.

The standoff began on Sunday morning when Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to the plants after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollution.

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McDonald's Faces 'Cockroach Burger' Claim in New Zealand

Fast food giant McDonald's said Monday it was aware of a New Zealand woman's allegation she found a half-eaten cockroach in a hamburger bought at one of its South Island restaurants.

Annah Sophia Stevenson told Fairfax New Zealand that she bought a Big Mac meal on Saturday night then found the cockroach when she was back at home and part-way through eating the burger .

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Canada Quarantines Chicken Farm Infected with Bird Flu

Canadian health officials have  quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted Friday after the "sudden deaths" of some chickens confirmed the presence of the virus.

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'Local Gin' Suspected of Causing 18 Mystery Nigeria Deaths

Nigerian health authorities said on Monday that ethanol poisoning from a local gin may have been responsible for the sudden death of 18 people last week.

"We strongly suspect ethanol poisoning and in view of this, we have ordered for another toxicology test for the surviving victims," Ondo state health commissioner Dayo Adeyanju told Agence France Presse.

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