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Bangladesh 'Tree Man' Wants Hands Amputated to Relieve Pain

A Bangladeshi known as the "Tree Man" because of bark-like growths on his body said Monday he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain.

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French Right-to-Die Case Lands in Top Appeal Court

France's highest appeals court will on Monday begin considering whether a man who has been in a vegetative state for a decade should have been put back on life support -- the latest chapter in a wrenching right-do-die case that has divided the country.

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U.N. Security Council Calls for Protection of Disabled in War Zones

The U.N. Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts.

The appeal follows moving testimony in April from Nujeen Mustafa, a young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee. She urged the council to focus more on Syria's "invisible" disabled people.

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Scientists Find Earliest Clues of Parkinson's in Brain

Scientists said Thursday they had found the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain years before patients show any symptoms, a discovery that could eventually lead to better screening for at-risk people.

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France Has Lowest Levels of Trust in Vaccines Globally

France has the lowest levels of trust in vaccines globally, according to the world's biggest survey on public attitudes toward health and science, which was published on Wednesday.

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Euthanasia Now Legal in Australian State

Terminally ill Australians can for the first time apply to end their own life, after new laws went into effect in the state of Victoria Wednesday.  

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Anger in India as Lychee-Linked Brain Fever Kills 103 Children

Angry protests erupted in one of India's poorest states Tuesday over the deaths of more than 100 children from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees.

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Brain Disease Kills 97 Indian Children, 'Heat Curfew' Imposed

The Indian state of Bihar grappled Monday with twin crises, with a brain virus potentially linked to lychees killing almost 100 children and extreme heat leaving 78 people dead.

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For Stomach Cancer, Aerosol Chemotherapy Offers Breath of Hope

"Classic chemotherapywas awful... but with this treatment, I feel hope," says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

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WHO Emergency Panel Meets on Ebola after Uganda Deaths

The World Health Organization emergency committee will decide Friday whether to declare a raging Ebola epidemic an international threat, after an outbreak that began in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed into Uganda.

The WHO panel, which was formed in 2005, has used the label "public health emergency of international concern" for only four previous epidemics.

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