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WHO says delaying pregnancy option for women in Zika areas
The World Health Organization says women who live in areas where Zika is spreading should consider delaying pregnancy, since there's no other sure way to avoid the virus' devastating birth defects.
 
Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around US$2.6 trillion a year by 2060 unless action is taken, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report released on Thursday.
 
Taiwan will cooperate with the United States in conducting clinical trials on a dengue fever vaccine targeting older people, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said.
 
Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in the region since late 2013.
 
Thailand eliminates mother-to-baby HIV: WHO
Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease.
 
More than 40,000 chickens at a chicken farm in Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan, were culled after the farm was confirmed to have been infected with H5 subtype avian influenza.
 
Health study throws fat in the fire of diet debate
A health study came to the defense of certain dietary fats on Tuesday, adding fuel to a scientific row over low-fat guidelines that have bedeviled dieters for nearly half-a-century.
 
Down's syndrome can be 'treated' with green tea: study
A chemical in green tea has been shown to improve cognitive ability in persons with Down's syndrome, scientists and doctors said Tuesday.
 
Doubling the duration of hormone therapy for women with early-stage breast cancer from five to 10 years reduces the risk of recurrence and developing tumors in the other breast, a study showed Sunday.
 
Hong Kong culled 4,500 birds on Tuesday after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was discovered in a chicken at a local market.
 
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