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Michael Bloomberg named World Health Organization ambassador
Billionaire philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has a new job -- as global ambassador for the U.N. health agency with a mandate to help reduce deaths from prevalent diseases, traffic accidents, tobacco, alcohol and obesity.
 
Hawaii authorities urge awareness of risk from raw food
Hawaii authorities are urging diners to be aware of the risks of eating raw and undercooked food after they traced a hepatitis A outbreak to frozen scallops served raw at a sushi restaurant chain.
 
Four-year-old Bangladeshi boy with 'old man' illness bewilders doctors
A four-year-old Bangladeshi boy suffering from a mysterious illness that makes him look like an old man has been admitted to hospital for tests, doctors and his family said.
 
Not suitable for children
A woman holds a bag of plastic balls at a press conference held by the Consumers' Foundation in Taipei, Tuesday, Aug. 9. The foundation called on the government to regulate the use of brominated flame retardants in plastic toys and utensils for infants.
 
Children who grow up on traditional Amish farms in the United States are largely protected from asthma because their immune systems are bolstered by close contact with farm animals' microbes, researchers said Wednesday.
 
Taiwan has confirmed its fourth imported case of Zika virus infection, involving a 43-year-old Taiwanese woman who appears to have contracted the disease in the Caribbean, the country's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday.
 
Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti
Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel.
 
Oakland council bans coal shipments, citing health risks
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town.
 
Experts urge action to cut 'mad levels' of hepatitis C
Taiwan sees more than 10,000 new cases of hepatitis C every year, the Taiwan Association for the Study of the Liver (TASL, 台灣肝臟研究協會) said Monday, calling on the government to strive for universal screenings and easier access to medication.
 
Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around US$2.6 trillion a year by 2060 unless action is taken, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report released on Thursday.
 
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