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Food contamination blamed for diarrhea outbreak at 4 Taipei schools
Bacterial contamination of boxed lunches was the cause of a diarrhea outbreak that occurred earlier this month among nearly 500 students at four schools in Taipei, a health official said Monday.
 
Ebola's long-term effects revealed
People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea which highlighted the need for patient followup.
 
Congress to complete first step to repealing health law
The US House is poised to back legislation that is the first -- and by far the easiest -- step toward gutting President Barack Obama's divisive health care law.
 
Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016.
 
Genetics researcher Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2007, is dead at age 91.
 
Japan's top pharmaceutical company Takeda said it is buying a U.S. cancer drugmaker for US$5.2 billion, as its top executive left the door open to more overseas acquisitions.
 
Peanuts in baby's diet can prevent scary allergy
New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods -- starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.
 
Fact check: No evidence to back claim of VapoRub death
A viral Facebook post claims a 2-year-old boy died after his mother applied Vicks VapoRub to his skin, but the manufacturer and authorities in U.S. and Mexico say they have no record of such a death.
 
Finally, some hope for the 'tree man'
A Bangladeshi father dubbed the "tree man" because of the bark-like warts that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after groundbreaking treatment for one of the world's rarest diseases.
 
People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.
 
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