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Scientists Develop Device to Detect Bacteria in Minutes, Not Days

The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days.

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U.N. Committee Weighs in on French Right-to-Die Case

A U.N. committee has asked France to suspend any decision to withdraw life support for a man kept alive in a vegetative state for a decade, weighing in on a bitterly-disputed legal case which has torn his family apart. 

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Dozens Quarantined in California after Measles Exposure

Dozens of people at two California universities have been quarantined as US health officials battle to stop the spread of a nationwide measles outbreak, authorities said Thursday.

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In North Syria, Skin Disease Ravages Young and Old

Inside a dank clinic in the north of war-torn Syria, a girl covered in scabs wails and tries to wriggle out of her mother's arms to escape a nurse's needle.

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In South Sudan, Illness is As Deadly as War

By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.

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Monsanto Loses Appeal in French Farmer's Poisoning Case

A French court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against chemicals giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers, the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.

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New York Mandates Vaccine to Contain Brooklyn Measles Outbreak

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to contain a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

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Vaccines Blocked as Deadly Cholera Raged across Yemen

In the summer of 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for final clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country's ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of control, with thousands of new cases reported each day.

The green light for the plane to head to northern Yemen never came. The U.N. wasn't able to distribute cholera vaccines to Yemen until May 2018 and the outbreak ultimately produced more than 1 million suspected cholera cases — the worst cholera epidemic recorded in modern times and a calamity that medical researchers say may have been avoided if vaccines had been deployed sooner.

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In World First, France Bans Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

France on Thursday became the first country to ban a type of breast implant that has been linked to a rare form of cancer.

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British MPs Offered Counseling for Brexit Pressure

Battles over Brexit have worn down British MPs, who are now being offered counseling to cope with the "extraordinary pressure" they have been under.

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