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South Korea reports first MERS deaths amid growing alarm

South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from the MERS virus, following the largest outbreak outside the Middle East that has infected 25 people and triggered widespread public alarm. A 58-year-old woman died of acute respiratory failure Monday and tests later came back positive for MERS (Middle East Respiratory ...

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

May 31, 2015

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday, part of unprecedented new curbs — though how they will be enforced remains to be seen. Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s ...

Apr 25, 2015

Smokers' haven China amends law to heavily curb tobacco ads

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed legislation that heavily restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing ...

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

Apr 23, 2015

Australian health blogger admits lying about cancer

An Australian blogger and author who became a hit after claiming she was winning a battle with brain cancer through whole foods and alternative therapies admitted Thursday she was lying and never had the disease. Belle Gibson launched her successful The Whole Pantry business ...

Apr 14, 2015

Australia targets anti-vaccers in 'no jab, no pay' move

The Australian government has ramped up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. The government announced this week that families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars ($11,400) ...