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E-Cigarettes a 'Major Public Health Concern', Says U.S. Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now "a major public health concern," the U.S. Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably.

The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. 

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'World's Heaviest Woman' to Fly to India for Surgery

An Egyptian who is believed to be the world's heaviest woman is to fly to India for weight reduction surgery after the country's foreign minister personally intervened to secure her a visa.

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UK Bans Online Ads for Junk Food Targeting Children

Britain will ban junk food ads aimed at children from both print and social media from next year, the advertising rules watchdog said Thursday, a move welcomed by campaigners against child obesity.

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HIV Alert for Male-to-Male Sex in Philippines

HIV infections among men having sex with men in the Philippines have surged 10-fold in five years, with authorities largely ignoring the problem, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday.

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S. Korea Expands Cull to Contain Bird Flu

South Korea on Tuesday said it was expanding a cull of chickens and ducks to try to contain a damaging bird flu outbreak.

The H5N6 virus was first confirmed on November 18 at a farm in central South Korea and has since spread to farms around the country, with the total number of cases now standing at 28.

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Dutch Alcoholic Chose Euthanasia to End 'Unbearable' Life

A Dutch long-term alcoholic chose to end his life this year by lethal injection saying he could no longer go on, his brother has revealed in a moving tribute.

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Japan Culling 230,000 more Birds over Avian Flu

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

The highly virulent H5 strain was found in chickens at a farm in Joetsu city in Niigata prefecture, the local government said in a statement late Wednesday.

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S. Africa Launches Major New Trial of AIDS Vaccine

South Africa on Wednesday launched a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the disease.

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Pope Urges 'Responsible Behaviour' to Stop AIDS Spread

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for "responsible behavior" to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

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One in Seven with HIV in Europe Unaware of Infection

One in seven people with HIV in Europe is unaware of their infection, the EU and World Health Organization reported Tuesday as 2015 marked another record year for new HIV cases in the region.

"HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious problem in Europe... The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's (ECDC) estimate that one in seven people living with HIV are unaware of their status is particularly worrying," EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said in the report released ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday.

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