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Most Nations to Miss UN Target on Chronic Diseases

More than half of all countries will likely fail to hit the UN target of reducing premature deaths from a quartet of chronic diseases by a third before 2030, researchers said Friday.

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Madagascar Says Plague Outbreak 'Under Control'

Madagascar's seasonal outbreak of plague, which has so far killed two people, is "under control", Health Minister Yoel Rantomalala said Thursday.

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Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday.

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5.2 Million Children at Famine Risk in Yemen

More than five million children are at risk of famine in Yemen as the ongoing war causes food and fuel prices to soar across the country, charity Save the Children warned Wednesday.

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Hanoi Urges Residents to Stop Eating Dog Meat

Hanoi officials urged residents on Tuesday to ease off eating dog meat, saying the popular dish is tarnishing the city's image and risks spreading rabies. 

Roasted, boiled or steamed, dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city famed for its tasty street food, and the meat is traditionally eaten with rice wine or beer. 

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Yemen Faces New Surge in Cholera Cases

Yemen faces a possible third wave of a cholera epidemic, the U.N. warned Thursday, following a jump in the number of suspected cases over recent weeks.

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Zero Tolerance: No Safe Level of Alcohol, Study Says

Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze.

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UN Summit on TB Seeks to Put Spotlight on Killer Disease

It's the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, but tuberculosis has been eclipsed by HIV/AIDS as a focus of global attention and donor funding. 

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Eye Exam May Predict Alzheimer's

Advances in eye exam technology could one day help doctors diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease long before symptoms appear, researchers said Thursday.

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Worst Anthrax Outbreak in 20 Years Hits French Farms

More than 50 cows, sheep and horses have died in France's most serious outbreak of anthrax in two decades, according to officials who have warned of a vaccine shortage.

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