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The number of people across the globe suffering from high blood pressure has almost doubled over the past four decades, with the biggest rise in south Asia and Africa, researchers said on Wednesday.
 
More than a dozen people in Sierra Leone were infected with Ebola, but showed no symptoms, suggesting that the massive and deadly West Africa epidemic was larger than previously thought, researchers said on Tuesday.
 
West Nile virus may be three times more deadly than previously thought, because many deaths associated with the mosquito-borne virus occur years after the initial infection, researchers said Monday.
 
Confronting stigma, dedicating your life: mothering a child with autism
"I tried everything," Su Hui-ping (่˜‡ๆƒ ่) said with a hint of desperation.
 
Research quantifies genetic damage caused by smoking
Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day causes an average of 150 mutations a year in lung cells, according to a new study that identifies specific ways smoke exposure damages DNA.
 
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.
 
Autophagy, the little-understood method by which human cells dispose of harmful waste and unwelcome intruders, may one day be central to therapies for longer, healthier living, experts said.
 
Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people -- the mother, the father and an egg donor.
 
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