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Peruvians Seek Relief from Ills at the Seaside

They arrive at Lima's coast shortly before dawn and wade into the Pacific Ocean, seeking relief from the ailments doctors have been unable to cure.

Some come in groups, jumping, laughing and running along the shore. Others bathe alone silently in the calm, gray sea.

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Doctor Group Seeks to Clear Confusion in Cancer Screening

Mammograms at 40 or 50? Every year or every other year? What's the best colon check?

Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a U.S. doctors' group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing's pros and cons — with what it calls advice on "high-value screening" for five types of tumors.

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Texas Woman Gives Birth to Triplets, 2 Babies Conjoined

A South Texas woman has given birth to triplet girls, with two of the babies conjoined at the pelvis.

Dr. Haroon Patel, a pediatric surgeon at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, said Monday that it will likely be at least six months until the conjoined babies, who share a colon, will be separated.

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WHO Chief Announces Shake-up of Organization after Ebola Shock

The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the U.N. agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan told the agency's decision-making body in Geneva that she had decided to make some "fundamental changes" to help the organization respond more quickly and efficiently in times of crisis.

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Spain Arrests Five Accused of Trying to Buy Immigrant's Kidney

Spanish police said Monday they had arrested five people accused of trying to buy a kidney from an impoverished immigrant for 6,000 euros ($6,835).

Officers in Spain made the arrests working in collaboration with others in Germany and Belgium, a brief police statement said. It did not say exactly when the arrests were made.

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Battle over Florida Boy's Circumcision Enters Federal Court

The case of a Florida woman who fled to avoid her son's circumcision is entering a federal courtroom for the first time.

Thirty-one-year-old Heather Hironimus was arrested Thursday in the long-running dispute over the removal of her 4-year-old child's foreskin. She went missing with the boy nearly three months ago and ignored a judge's warnings that if she didn't appear in court and give consent for the circumcision to proceed, she faced jail.

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2 Million more U.S. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

One of the largest U.S. egg producers has said it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in the central state of Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

The development at the Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest.

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Drug Combo Helps People with Common Cystic Fibrosis

A combination of two drugs has shown promise toward improving the health of people with the most common form of the incurable lung disease known as cystic fibrosis, researchers said Sunday.

Patients treated with two medications -- lumacaftor and ivacaftor -- saw "significant" gains in their ability to breathe and fewer lung infections than those taking a placebo, according to the results of two international clinical trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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30 Minutes of Exercise is Key to Health in Old Age

Elderly men who do 30 minutes of physical activity six days a week are likely to have a 40-percent lower risk of death compared to couch-potato counterparts, researchers said Friday.

For men in this age group, just a small amount of regular exercise -- regardless of intensity -- is as beneficial as giving up smoking, they said.

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Taiwan Imposes New Restrictions on Japan Food Imports

Taiwan Friday imposed new restrictions on food imported from Japan after hundreds of products were recalled over fake labels that disguised they came from areas affected by the country's 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Taiwan banned Japanese food imports from five areas near Fukushima in March 2011 a few weeks after a devastating quake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at a power plant and radioactive particles were detected in some imports.

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