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December, 9, 2016

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Life expectancy in the United States dropped last year for the first time since the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis more than 20 years ago, as deaths rose from nearly every major cause, federal data showed Thursday.
 
US misses goals on obesity, food poisoning
Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation's top public health agency.
 
Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued its second-highest travel advisory in its three-tier system Friday for the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China after the region reported a case of H5N6 avian flu.
 
Amputees who played computer games using a virtual, on-screen arm, experienced relief from the phantom pain that often afflicts people who have lost a limb, scientists said Friday.
 
Enter a US supermarket and the dilemma is all-too common: Will what I buy be healthy? Fattening? A substitute? That's when many wish they had a specialist at their side.
 
The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation's drug abuse epidemic.
 
The Taiwan government will open up its free flu vaccine program to the wider public in December, following the successful vaccination of high-risk groups over the past two months, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
 
Some fear e-cigarette tax may deter smokers
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes -- a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a safer alternative.
 
Kids' hospital fulfils Mandela dream 3 years after death
Brightly painted wards and colourful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theatres at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honouring Nelson Mandela.
 
Taipei's first dengue fever cluster since 2011 emerged in the city's Neihu District (內湖) over the weekend.
 
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