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How autism in girls may reveal disorder's secrets
Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls -- or doesn't -- may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets.
 
To reduce the risk of sudden death, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents but in their own crib or bassinet for the first year of life, U.S. doctors said Monday.
 
Public flu vaccines to be given to paying patients
Premier Lin Chuan (林全) on Saturday ordered that publicly funded flu vaccines be made available to paying patients to alleviate a shortage.
 
Taiwanese people are so addicted to smartphones that doctors are warning that 10 years from now, one in three of them will suffer from macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of vision loss.
 
A Taiwanese hospital has successfully treated a patient with a potentially fatal seizure disorder using neuromodulation surgery, the first ever successful example of anterior thalamic nucleus stimulation being used to treat patients suffering from epilepsy anywhere in the world, the hospital has said.
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St. Jude warns of battery defect in some heart devices
Medical device maker St. Jude Medical is warning doctors and patients about a rare battery defect in some of its implantable heart devices that can cause them to fail much earlier than expected.
 
The U.N. health agency on Tuesday urged countries to start taxing sugary beverages as they fight against an obesity epidemic, pointing to evidence that price hikes can dramatically reduce consumption.
 
Woman has baby with mother's womb
Emelie Eriksson has a bond with her son that hardly seems possible: She and her son were born from the same womb.
 
Life expectancy worldwide has jumped by a decade since 1980, rising in 2015 to 69 years for men and nearly 75 for women, according to a comprehensive overview of global health released Thursday.
 
So you want to live forever? Forget it, study says
No one might ever challenge the 122-year record of the longest-living person in documented history, said a study Wednesday which claimed to have found a "ceiling" to maximum human lifespan.
 
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