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Mar 18, 2015

Guinea Ebola cases rise; three doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures. The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than ...

Mar 18, 2015

Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and satellite tracking systems while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, U.S. forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma ...

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

Mar 18, 2015

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

France’s national cancer institute said on Tuesday there was a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant, as the health minister sought to allay fears. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 ...

Ebola-hit U.S. man's condition deteriorates

Mar 17, 2015

Ebola-hit U.S. man's condition deteriorates

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. The agency said in a statement that the patient’s status was changed from ...

Mar 17, 2015

France likely to pass bill banning super-skinny models

The French government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion house that hires them and sending the agents to jail, the health minister said on Monday. Style-conscious France, with its ...

Mar 16, 2015

Studies boost hopes for new class of cholesterol medicines

New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The U.S. government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market. People ...

Emperor penguins hit hard by cold

Mar 14, 2015

Emperor penguins hit hard by cold

They prefer freezing conditions but Antarctica’s emperor penguins may have struggled with the cold during the last ice age when temperatures cooled, a recent study suggested. Researchers looking at how climatic changes have affected the highly cold-adapted penguin — the tallest and heaviest of ...

Mar 14, 2015

Less pollution spells big gains for children's lungs

A study conducted over 20 years in the Los Angeles area showed that the region’s improving air quality has led to children having better functioning lungs, researchers say. The findings, which tracked 2,000 young people from age 11 to 15, were published in the ...