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Urban noise pollution and hearing loss are closely linked, according to rankings of 50 large cities in both categories released on Friday.
 
UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low
The World Health Organization says it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading easily between people remains low.
 
New gene therapy allows French teen to dodge sickle cell disease
A French teen who was given gene therapy for sickle cell disease more than two years ago now has enough properly working red blood cells to dodge the effects of the disorder, researchers report.
 
Trouble reading? New procedure could help
Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age.
 
Constant forgetfulness? Try exercise.
Are you constantly forgetting your keys or mixing up appointment times? Worried it's the onset of early dementia? Don't panic quite yet.
 
Pigs with edited genes show greater resistance to respiratory disease
A novel but controversial technique known as gene-editing has produced pigs that could be resilient to an often fatal virus that costs European farmers US$1.6 billion per year, researchers said Thursday.
 
Do anti-glare screens and apps actually work?
Studies have shown that usage of devices like smartphones, tablets and computers close to bed time has been found to deplete the quality of sleep.
 
Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say.
 
Panel endorses gene editing to avoid disease
Don't expect designer babies any time soon -- but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells.
 
As bird flu threat rises, pass on the eggs Benedict
Health authorities are urging residents not to consume raw or undercooked eggs, as the avian flu threat in Taiwan continues to rise.
 
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