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This May 14, 2014 image, provided by Denver International Airport, shows newly-erected signs warning travelers about he danger of the MERS virus, at Denver International Airport. MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death. The airport says the signs were posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at all of its screening areas at the direction of the Centers for Disease Control. (AP Photo/Denver International Airport)

CDC warnings about MERS go up at LAX

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Posters warning travelers of the threat of the deadly MERS infection are going up today at Los Angeles International Airport. There is no treatment for the respiratory illness, Middle East Respiratory […]


The GeStamp Stamping Plant-South Charleston (W.Va.) is one of several distribution locations where local residents can pick up bottled water and fill containers. (AP Photo Michael Switzer)

Many worldwide don’t have access to clean water

The chemical that spilled into a major West Virginia river last week forced about 300,000 people in Charleston and surrounding areas not to use their tap water over several days for drinking, cooking, bathing or […]


Boys participate in 100 meter race during two-day World Athletics Day meet in Bangalore, India in 2007. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

Study finds that today’s kids are less fit than their parents were

DALLAS (AP) — Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did […]


General view of the UNESCO prior to the opening of General Conference in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Benjamin Girette, file)

US, Israel lose UNESCO voting right in dispute

PARIS (AP) — American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow Friday after the U.S. automatically lost voting rights at UNESCO, after missing a crucial deadline to repay its […]


In this photo released by UNICEF, a health worker administers polio vaccine to a child as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at the Abou Dhar Al Ghifari Primary Health Care Center in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/UNICEF, Omar Sanadiki)

UN officials confirm polio outbreak in north Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N. confirmed an outbreak of polio in Syria for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday, warning the disease threatens to spread among an estimated half-million children who […]


In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 photo, radiographer Diana Taubman points to a file X-ray, made in the past at a patient in Ireland that was diagnosed with tuberculosis, at a van in London. The white dots are pellets from a shotgun injury. Last year, London had about 3,500 TB cases - more than the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Norway combined. In response, health officials are taking to the streets in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious lung disease, with a high-tech white van equipped with an X-ray machine that drives around London offering free check-ups. London’s 460,000 British pounds (some $743,329 ) TB van has an X-ray machine whose scans can be instantly read by a radiographer. The entire process of getting an X-ray and its results takes about 90 seconds. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

London uses van with X-ray machine to find TB

LONDON (AP) — London is famed for its historic sites, its double-decker buses and its West End shows, but the city now has a more dubious distinction: Britain’s public health agency says it has become […]


An elderly man listens to a speaker at a political rally in New Delhi in a Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 photo. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Global study: World not ready for aging population

The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder […]


A chart outlining the UN’s social and economic well being rankings for those age 60 and over;

Global study: World not ready for aging population

The world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people, according to a global study being issued Tuesday by the United Nations and an elder […]


Study: 1 in 4 men in parts of Asia have raped

LONDON (AP) — About 1 in 10 men in some parts of Asia admitted raping a woman who was not their partner, according to the first large studies of rape and sexual violence. When their […]


An embryologist works on embryo at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Test-tube babies: A simpler, cheaper technique?

LONDON (AP) — Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing […]


Somali vaccination workers give an anti polio drop to a child, in Mogadishu, Somalia.  (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia polio outbreak spreads; 105 recorded cases

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia is suffering an “explosive” outbreak of polio and now has more cases than the rest of the world combined, an official said Friday. Vaccine-wielding health workers face a daunting challenge: […]


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Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good […]