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Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund
 BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies.

German grandmother gives birth to quadruplets at age 65
 A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

British anti-slavery chief enlists Vatican in global pact to end slavery
 By Chris Arsenault VATICAN CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's anti-slavery commissioner received the backing of the Catholic Church on Saturday for a campaign to push for a global pact vowing to eradicate slavery in the next 15 years. Kevin Hyland, who took up the new role last year, is lobbying world leaders to support a commitment to end forced labor and slavery of all forms in a set of global development goals to be adopted at the United Nations in September. While slavery is illegal in every country on earth, an estimated 36 million people are trapped in modern slavery.

Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital: activist
 By Clement Manirabarusha and Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, and his bodyguard were killed in the Ngagara district, Anshere Nikoyagize, the head of the civil society group Ligue ITEKA, told Reuters. Burundi is facing its deepest crisis since the end of an ethnically fueled civil war in 2005.

Motor racing-Rosberg takes surprise Monaco hat trick
 (Fixes headline) MONACO, May 24 (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg took a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a late pitstop while he was leading. The result, with Hamilton third after leading for 64 of the 78 laps after starting on pole, slashed the Briton's lead over German rival Rosberg to 10 points after six of 19 races. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finished second.

In North Korea, men call the shots, women make the money

File photo of a woman standing in a gift shop in central Rason city, part of the special economic zone northeast of PyongyangBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is a militarized, male-dominated society, but it is women who are making the money as the insular nation allows an unofficial market-based economy to take shape. Women earn more than 70 percent of household income in North Korea, mainly as traders in the informal markets that have proliferated in recent years, research by the South Korean government-run Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) found. "We North Koreans say men are fighting on the socialism front but women are fighting in the battle of life," said a 26-year-old surnamed Jung who fled to South Korea in 2012 and regularly sends money north to support her mother's gray-market business raising pigs and selling corn-based alcohol.

Soccer-Second player death in Argentina in 10 days
 Atletico Parana defender Cristian Gomez died on his way to hospital after collapsing on the pitch during a match on Sunday, the second such death to hit Argentine soccer in 10 days. The 27-year-old Gomez stumbled several times before falling unconscious after half an hour of the second-tier Primera B Nacional match against Boca Unidos in the northeastern city of Corrientes. This is totally unexpected, unbelievable ... he'd never had anything wrong with him," match supervisor Ramon Gomez said.

Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment assists an ebola patient at the Kenema treatment center in Sierra Leone run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases. Both women had attended the funeral of a widely-respected faith healer known as Mendinor, whose "powers" were renowned on both sides of Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. The grandmother, whose real name was Finda Nyuma, had been treating sick patients in her home village, a diamond-mining town just a few hours' walk from Gueckedou in Guinea, where the outbreak began in December 2013.

Obamacare exchanges help, but confused consumers are still spending too much
 Commentary: consumers pleased with Obamacare coverage, but choices still daunting

Indonesian minister fears government sabotage in contaminated rice scare

Customers check the quality of rice before buying at a wholesale rice market in East Jakarta, IndonesiaBy Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's home minister called for a police investigation into the suspected contamination of rice with plastic, saying it may be an attempt at sabotaging the government, media reported on Monday. President Joko Widodo has called for calm after reports that tainted rice may have caused the hospitalization of a girl in Medan on Sunday and made some customers at a food market in Bekasi sick last week. Rice is a common food staple in Indonesia, the world's third biggest importer, and reports of contamination can quickly cause food scares in the vast archipelago.

Some blind individuals see using echoes: study

Scientific advancements provide increasing options for the blind.As scientists discover ways to transfer sensory elements such as sight and sound across bone, converting one to the other in the central nervous system, a new study says this could occur naturally in certain blind individuals in a process called echolocation. 

Battle ropes become popular go-to fitness tools in U.S. gyms

battleropes_2013_closeup (2)By Dorene Intenicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun. Whipping, slamming, dragging and drumming the long, anchored ropes have long been used in training for sports like football, but fitness experts said they have now gone mainstream in gyms as an efficient workout routine. “It’s a little like running with the upper body,” said Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.

Donor fatigue hits Nepal one month after mega earthquake: U.N.
 By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The international community's response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding that donors were focusing more on reconstruction than much needed aid such as food and shelter. The impoverished Himalayan nation is reeling from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck on April 25, disrupting the lives of almost a third of the 28 million population. "I am disappointed in the sense that there was such an impressive response in terms of search and rescue - all the teams that came in to do the work, they did very impressively and comprehensively - and maybe they think that's the job done," said Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. resident coordinator in Nepal.

Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2001 file photo, pollen on a ragweed plant in is seen Newark, N.J. A new study says global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century. It’s projected that ragweed pollen levels are likely to quadruple for much of Europe. But why? Warmer temperatures will allow the plants to take root more and carbon dioxide will make them grow more. That’s according to the study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming will bring much more sneezing and wheezing to Europe by mid-century, a new study says.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

An Indian passenger takes a bath beside rail tracks on a hot summer day at a railway station in Jammu, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. Severe heat wave conditions continue to prevail at several places in northern India with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday. The hottest place in India was Allahabad, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which saw mercury rise to 47.7 degrees Celsius (117.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, while the capital Delhi recorded a high of 43.5C (110.3F). Most of the 539 recorded deaths have been of construction workers, the elderly or the homeless in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said officials, but some deaths have also occurred in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

Study: E-cigarettes good as short-term quitting aid

E-cigarettes can help people quit short-term; more long view studies neededA new study into how e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking long-term suggests that the biggest effects are felt over the first month.

In the US, at least one in four pre-packaged foods contains trans fats

Trans fats can be found in many processed foods.Trans fats, those industrial oils that give foods more consistency, are present in 27% of 84,000 supermarket products tested, according to a recent study published by US non-profit the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Trans fats or hydrogenated oils have no nutritional value and numerous epidemiological studies have shown that excessive consumption of them, which increases the production of "bad cholesterol," is linked to an increase in the risk of cardiovascular problems. Trans fats can be found predominantly in processed foods such as pizzas, pies, French fries and prepared meals, but also in chocolate bars and margarines.

North American weed poses hay fever problem for Europe

Itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American common ragweed, goes on the rampageItchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing are likely to spread in Europe in coming decades as a notorious allergy-causing North American weed goes on the rampage, scientists said on Monday. Introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is a plant with reddish stalks whose tassel flowers are massive producers of pollen. Today, the plant is firmly established in northern Italy and southeastern France, and is spreading elsewhere in niche habitats such as farmland, roadside verges and railway embankments.

'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?

'Food Nazi' or Responsible Foreperson?Several weeks ago, I led a conversation at my son's school about healthy eating. Parents, teachers, and administrators participated. After I made a case for better nutrition, one father voiced concern about becoming a "Food Nazi." Should he deny his child the package of Oreos and bag of chips with lunch? -- a lunch that might also include...

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Summertime: The Perfect Time to VaccinateIt's schoolchildren's favorite time of the year -- when they don't have to go to school and can just enjoy being children. As summer vacation begins, many kids will be off to camp; others will join their parents on vacation. Both are great reasons to make sure everyone's, parents and kids, vaccinations are up to date. It's the perfect time to...

Three hurt as waterspout sends bouncy house flying at Florida beach
 (Reuters) - A waterspout touched down on Florida's Fort Lauderdale beach amid a Memorial Day crowd on Monday, lifting an inflatable bouncy house into the air and injuring three children, police said. The waterspout, a swirling funnel of water similar in some ways to a tornado, uprooted the bouncy house and sent it across a parking lot into a roadway, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale police said on Twitter. Three children were hurt but the extent of their injuries as well as their conditions was not immediately known, Greenlaw said in her Twitter post.

Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk

Teenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published MondayTeenagers who are very overweight may run double the risk of developing colorectal cancer when they reach middle age, according to research published Monday. At the time of conscription, around 12 percent of the men were underweight, more than 80 percent were of normal weight and five percent were moderately overweight. Of the remainder, 1.5 percent were very overweight -- with a body mass index of between 27 and nearly 30 -- and one percent were obese, with a BMI of more than 30.

Canada salmonella outbreak leaves 34 people sick after poultry contact
 Canadian health authorities are investigating after 34 people became sick with salmonella infections after contact with live baby poultry, the country's Public Health Agency said on Monday. Symptoms of salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include fever, cramps and vomiting. It often clears up without treatment in healthy people, the Public Health Agency said, but some can become severely ill.

Man diagnosed with Lassa fever dies in US after Liberia trip
 NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.

What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation
 By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more inventive, whether in designing driverless cars, discovering new drugs for cancer or building bionic limbs. While part of that may be due to tighter patenting rules in the United States, there are also signs of more fundamental shifts, with the volume of published scientific literature -- a precursor to patents -- down 22 percent across 12 industries.

Fight over hot new cholesterol drugs may be won in milligrams

Woman walks with a bag of fast food beverage containers in New YorkBy Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two powerful and innovative cholesterol drugs likely to be approved this summer both target the same protein and have been shown to sharply lower LDL in high-risk patients.  But there is at least one significant difference between the two offerings: the dosages in which they will be sold. Assuming approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Amgen Inc. will offer its drug, Repatha, as a biweekly 140 mg injection or a monthly injection of 420 mg, while Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi, will be offered in biweekly injections of 75 mg or 150 mg. The difference in dosages is likely to lead to very different sales strategies for the two drugs, in what could be a fierce competition for market share.

War leaves 16 million Yemenis without clean water: Oxfam

Yemenis wait to fill jerrycans with water from a public tap amid an acute shortage of water supply to houses in the capital Sanaa, on May 9, 2015Almost two-thirds of the population of war-torn Yemen have no access to clean water, two months into the Saudi-led air campaign against rebel forces, relief agency Oxfam said Tuesday. "Ongoing air strikes, ground fighting and fuel shortages mean that an additional three million Yemenis are now without drinking water, raising the total number of Yemenis without a clean water supply and sanitation to at least 16 million," the Britain-based organisation said. "This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined," Oxfam's Yemen director Grace Ommer said in a statement.

Poorest nations, not just richest, must act to end extreme poverty: campaigners

A displaced Somali woman sits outside her temporary dwelling after fleeing famine in the Marka Lower Shebbele regions to the capital MogadishuBy Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's rich donor nations must increase their overseas aid budgets and reverse the trend of declining funding for the poorest countries in order to meet a global goal of ending poverty by 2030, an advocacy group said on Tuesday. As world leaders prepare to meet at a development finance summit in Addis Ababa in July, ahead of agreeing a new set of development goals later this year, ONE said 2015 could be a pivotal year for the world's most vulnerable people. The United Nations is expected to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September, which will replace the eight existing Millennium Development Goals and address issues such as healthcare, education, water, energy and climate change.

AstraZeneca hit after psoriasis drug linked to suicide fears

A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in MacclesfieldBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca's hopes of topping $45 billion in revenue by 2023 have been dealt a blow by a problem with an experimental psoriasis drug that the drugmaker had viewed as a potential billion-dollar plus seller. Amgen , its partner on the project, announced late on Friday it was ending a collaboration to develop brodalumab after suicidal thoughts were observed in patients taking the medicine. Shares in AstraZeneca fell 1 percent on Tuesday in the wake of the news, following a long holiday weekend in Britain.

9 Steps to a Better Night's Sleep

9 Steps to a Better Night's SleepRaise your hand if you don't get enough quality sleep. Everyone? Yep, that's what we thought. Between long days and seemingly endless to-do lists, it's almost impossible to get the fully restorative eight hours.Luckily, we found nine products, tips and tricks to help you drastically improve the quality of your shut-eye. Because you're worth...

Fire at China nursing home kills 38: state media

Firefighters clean up the debris after a fire at a rehabilitation centre for elderly in Sanlihe village of PingdingshanA fire at an aged care home in China's central Henan province killed 38 people, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety. The fire broke out late on Monday at a private nursing home in Lushan county, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities. The cause of the fire, which injured six people, was unclear, Xinhua said.

Wisconsin judge to hold juvenile court hearing in Slenderman case
 A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday will begin a hearing on whether to move a trial from adult to juvenile court for one of the girls accused of stabbing her classmate 19 times to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren will hold a two-day hearing to determine if the case against Weier belongs in adult court.

This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About

This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All AboutPresident Barack Obama’s big health care reform law is back at the Supreme Court. Justices are expected to issue a decision in June on a new challenge to the law. Depending on which way they rule, either nothing will change or people across the country will start losing their health insurance and the already heated politics of Obamacare will...

Australia looks to scrap tampon tax after student protest
 The Australian government on Tuesday bowed to pressure and took the first step to end a controversial sales tax on women's sanitary products, a day after a student carrying a giant tampon confronted the treasurer on television with a petition demanding change. Other products like condoms and sunscreen are exempt from the 10 percent goods and services tax which is otherwise added to all items sold in Australia from day-to-day groceries to large-scale building materials. On Monday, university student Subeta Vimalarajah presented Treasurer Joe Hockey on a television panel discussion with the result of an online petition which found that 90,000 people supported cutting the tax on sanitary items.

U.S. bird flu virus seen under control within four months: OIE
 By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada.

Fighting hits planting near South Sudan's Leer town, ICRC resumes aid
 By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fighting in and around South Sudan's Leer town has disrupted the hunger-hit region's crucial planting season, and residents returning to the town urgently need food, water and medical help, aid workers said on Tuesday. Nearly 100,000 people fled the town and surrounding areas in Unity State about two weeks ago, after hearing reports that warring forces were advancing on the area, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The aid agency said the needs are likely to grow fast.

5 Pieces Of Advice From A Recovering 'Type A'

5 Pieces Of Advice From A Recovering 'Type A'I just read this article on HuffPost Healthy Living, and it all-too-quickly reminded me of my past. You see, I am a recovering Type A personality. It's something I'll never truly leave behind because it's such a part of me. But I proactively choose to mitigate these issues in my life now. Having read their list of "11 Things Every 'Type A'...

What Not To Say To The Newly-Diagnosed

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Man traveling to U.S. from Liberia dies from Lassa fever: CDC
 A man who traveled from Liberia died in New Jersey over the weekend from Lassa fever, U.S. health officials said, adding that authorities are looking for people who had contact with him although the risk of infection is extremely low. Lassa, a viral disease common in West Africa, is far less fatal and less contagious than the deadly Ebola virus that has raised global health concerns amid a large outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The health agency said the man traveled on May 17 from Liberia to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York with a stop in Morocco, and reported no symptoms and had no fever when he arrived in the United States.

Connecticut police probe apparent stabbing, suicide near Yale
 (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Yale University student stabbed an acquaintance early on Tuesday and then jumped from the ninth floor of an apartment building near the campus, killing himself, police in Connecticut said. Both people involved were students at the Ivy League university, New Haven Police spokesman David Hartman said, adding that authorities are still investigating the incident. The stabbing victim was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital and is listed in stable condition, police said. (Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston)

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