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Three different experimental Zika vaccines being developed in the United States have worked well in monkey studies, paving the way for human trials in the coming months, researchers said Thursday.
 
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) on Friday reported that cancer had once again topped the chart of 10 leading causes of death in the nation last year, and that Taiwanese were dying at a faster rate.
 
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.
 
A pharmaceutical company has rushed a special drug that once saved the life of a girl who contracted a usually deadly brain-eating amoeba to a South Carolina hospital with its own patient fighting the disease.
 
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.
 
Study finds genes linked to depression
In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder.
 
Singaporean scientists have taken a big leap forward in studying the human brain by growing "mini-brains" for research.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
 
Scientists find Zika antibodies in step toward vaccine
US researchers have identified antibodies in lab mice that may be able to prevent infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in what they described Wednesday as a "significant step" toward a vaccine.
 
If you spend all day sitting on your rear end, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk -- just make sure you can spare at least an hour.
 
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