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The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation's drug abuse epidemic.
 
The Taiwan government will open up its free flu vaccine program to the wider public in December, following the successful vaccination of high-risk groups over the past two months, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
 
Some fear e-cigarette tax may deter smokers
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes -- a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a safer alternative.
 
Kids' hospital fulfils Mandela dream 3 years after death
Brightly painted wards and colourful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theatres at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honouring Nelson Mandela.
 
Taipei's first dengue fever cluster since 2011 emerged in the city's Neihu District (內湖) over the weekend.
 
Mikhail Pokrovskii, a 56-year-old doctor specializing in pharmacology, moved to Belgorod from his native city of Sotchi back in 2011, invited by the regional university in light of his expertise. Pokrovskii was one of the first to start work at the new clinical research center, which now boasts 35 researchers and is known as one of the best laboratories in the country.
 
World AIDS Day
Officials with the Chiayi City's Department of Health pose with participants of its carnival event held in observance of World AIDS Day at the city's Jhongjheng Park (中正公園) on Sunday, Nov. 27.
 
A 56-year-old resident of Taipei's Neihu District has been diagnosed with dengue fever, becoming the sixth confirmed indigenous case since summer, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.
 
An experimental treatment for Alzheimer's failed again in a widely anticipated study, disappointing many who had hoped drugmaker Eli Lilly had finally found a way to slow the progression of the mind-robbing disease.
 
Zika-caused birth defect may become clear only after birth
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies.
 
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