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S. Africans still sweet on sugary drinks, in spite of new 'fat tax'
South Africa plans a new "fat tax" on sugary drinks to combat an obesity epidemic -- but sweet-toothed consumers say its chances are slim of making them cut down.
 
Peru has suffered its first case of sexually transmitted, locally contracted Zika virus, authorities said Saturday.
 
The mosquito-borne Zika virus has significantly evolved since it was first discovered in 1947, and researchers said Friday these genetic changes could shed light on why it has the power to cause birth defects.
 
At least 300 patients have been sickened by life-threatening infections linked to contaminated medical scopes -- more than previously estimated by U.S. federal regulators, according to figures released Friday.
 
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is working with the International College of Surgeons (ICS) to provide medical assistance to Indonesia, Swaziland, Nigeria and Peru, a Taiwanese official said.
 
A British surgeon livestreamed a cancer operation using virtual reality technology on Thursday, in what he said was a world first that would help in training and allow doctors to advise on operations remotely.
 
New tests designed to help doctors pick the right hepatitis C medicine for patients could mean faster cures and lower costs.
 
CDC: Zika definitely causes severe birth defects
Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.
 
The first examination of a long-extinct Neanderthal's Y chromosome suggests that fertility problems may have prevented Neanderthal men from successfully mating with modern human females, researchers said Thursday.
 
Testosterone may lower heart attack risk in older men, according to study
Older men with clogged arteries who took testosterone therapy seemed to have a lower risk of heart attacks than men who did not take the hormone, a study suggested Sunday.
 
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