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Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five who died last year were in just 10 countries in Africa and Asia, an evaluation of global infant health revealed Friday.
 
Doctors are warning about vitamin D again, and it's not the "we need more" news you might expect. Instead, they say there's too much needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a problem that few people truly have.
 
Anesthesia during early childhood surgery poses little risk for intelligence and academics later on, the largest study of its kind suggests.
 
Research quantifies genetic damage caused by smoking
Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day causes an average of 150 mutations a year in lung cells, according to a new study that identifies specific ways smoke exposure damages DNA.
 
Doctors have found a disturbing downside to some powerful new drugs that harness the immune system to fight cancer: In rare cases, they may cause potentially fatal heart damage, especially when used together.
 
A wearable skin patch may help children who are allergic to peanuts by delivering small doses of peanut protein, according to a new study that calls for the therapy to be further explored.
 
Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections
Another folk remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.
 
A labelling error and reckless media hype in the 1980s led to unjustly branding a gay airline employee as "Patient Zero" in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, scientific and historical sleuthing detailed Wednesday.
 
Autism study shows lasting benefits of early interaction
A year-long training programme to help parents communicate with their very young autistic children reduced symptoms of the disorder up to six years later, according to a follow-up analysis released Wednesday.
 
How autism in girls may reveal disorder's secrets
Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls -- or doesn't -- may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets.
 
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