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‘Riskiest city’ for HIV, Miami opens first needle exchange

Hansel Tookes, a doctor at the University of Miami, holds needles that will be given away to addicts at a new syringe exchange program, the first ever to open in a city where HIV rates are about double that of most major US citiesAround the corner, Florida's first-ever needle exchange program opens Thursday, decades later than in many parts of the United States, and experts hope not too late to curb the burgeoning health crisis. "We already have the perfect storm here in Miami," said Hansel Tookes, a 35-year-old doctor who began working several years ago to open a needle exchange in south Florida. Miami's rate of new HIV infections — 51.2 per 100,000 people — far exceeds any other metropolitan area in the United States, according to data released this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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November 30th, 2016

Japan orders chicken cull on third bird flu outbreak in less than a week

Japan has started culling another 230,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm in the north of the country, the local government said. The latest bird flu outbreak in Joetsu City in Niigata prefecture marks the second instance in the prefecture and the third in Japan in less than a week. Authorities have been culling more than 300,000 chickens and ducks this week after the discovery of the first H5 bird flu in nearly two years. Read More..

November 30th, 2016

Pilot told controllers plane had run out of fuel

Rescue workers stand at the wreckage site of a chartered airplane that crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel before crashing.

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November 30th, 2016

French drugs agency suspends new Carmat artificial heart implants

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s national drugs agency said on Wednesday it had ordered artificial heart maker Carmat to suspend further implants after a fifth patient died in October.

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November 30th, 2016

Activists deride Texas’ fetal remains burial rule as unconstitutional

Abortion rights advocates (Getty Images)Abortion rights advocates say the rules place an unconstitutional burden on a woman and could lead to unsafe options.

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November 30th, 2016
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