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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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Cairo Looks to Curb Street Sheep Slaughter for Eid Holiday

Faced with scenes of blood flowing in rubbish-strewn roads and of streets littered with animal entrails, authorities in the Egyptian capital say they aim to crack down on the outdoor slaughter that marks one of Islam's main holidays.

Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, is marked by Muslims sacrificing animals according to religious traditions at the end of the hajj annual pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

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Meat-Heavy Low-Carb Diets Can 'Shorten Lifespan'

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.

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Drive to Curb Salt Intake Should Focus on China

Salt consumption exceeds national and World Health Organization guidelines in most countries, but only the highest-sodium diets, such as in China, are linked to clear health risks, researchers said Friday.

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In Venezuela's Hospitals, Eat at Your Own Risk

Hardly anybody likes hospital food but in Venezuela, it's so awful -- monotonous, starchy diets cooked in filthy conditions, and newborns fed intravenous solution for lack of baby formula -- that experts call it an actual health risk.

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Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo Believed to Have Killed 33

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the health ministry said Saturday.

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Russia, E. Europe Blasted for Hampering AIDS Fight, Gay Discrimination

Elton John Tuesday blasted Russia and eastern Europe governments for "discrimination against gays" saying such bigotry was thwarting the fight against AIDS, as scientists announced disappointing results in the quest for a cure.

In a sudden tirade at the second day of a major conference, John, a seasoned AIDS campaigner, gave voice to years of frustration and spoke of the plight of gays who are oppressed in many nations.

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Drug-Fuelled HIV Surge Raises Concerns at AIDS Meeting

Celebrities from actress Charlize Theron and pop star Elton John to Britain's Prince Harry will call for action on the second day of a world AIDS assembly in Amsterdam Tuesday, as concerns grow over an HIV surge in some parts of the world.

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High Risk of 'Losing Control' of AIDS Epidemic

The AIDS epidemic risks resurging and spiraling out of control unless billions of extra dollars are pumped into prevention and treatment, experts warned Sunday on the eve of a major world conference.

An alarming rate of new infections, coupled with an exploding population of young people in hard-hit countries, meant the world could be steering for "a crisis of epic proportions," said Mark Dybul, an American AIDS researcher and diplomat.

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