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Urban sprawl, bad sanitation spread dengue fever

MANILA (Reuters) – The rapid growth of crowded cities has helped spread and increase the transmission of dengue around the world, health experts said on Tuesday, warning up to 3 billion people were already at risk.

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August 31st, 2009

Older people can donate, says NHS

The over-55s are unnecessarily writing themselves off as potential organ donors, transplant officials warn. Read more…

August 31st, 2009

Tax junk food, drinks to fight child obesity: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A strongly worded report on child obesity released on Tuesday recommends that state and local governments tax junk food and soft drinks, give tax breaks to grocery stores that open in blighted neighborhoods and build bike trails.

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August 31st, 2009

Healthy habits prevent breast cancer: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 40 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if women kept a healthy weight, drank less alcohol, exercised more and breastfed their babies, according to a report published on Tuesday.

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August 31st, 2009

Finding Smells That Repel

Scientists have been making headway at understanding why some people can end up with dozens of mosquito bites after a backyard barbecue, while others remain unscathed.  Read more…

August 31st, 2009
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