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October, 29, 2016

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Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections
Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.
A labelling error and reckless media hype in the 1980s led to unjustly branding a gay airline employee as "Patient Zero" in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, scientific and historical sleuthing detailed Wednesday.
Autism study shows lasting benefits of early interaction
A year-long training programme to help parents communicate with their very young autistic children reduced symptoms of the disorder up to six years later, according to a follow-up analysis released Wednesday.
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.
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.
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