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Paraguay: No abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

She’s just 10 years old, but in the eyes of the Paraguayan government she’s old enough to be a mother.... Read more»

Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don't fall for these 5 myths

Switch off the television and read this instead.... Read more»

8 places that do health care better than the U.S.

As Obamacare divides Washington, let's not forget how many countries are doing health care better than we are. ... Read more»

Bloomberg’s obesity claim

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told David Letterman that “for the first time in the history of the world, more people will die from overeating than under-eating this year.” After Letterman expressed surprise, Bloomberg added: “It’s all happened in the last 20 years.”... Read more»

Global trade in human body parts hard to trace

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down. Experts fear tissue taken from the dead will spread disease to the living, due to lack of safeguards and accountability in the human tissue industry.... Read more»

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

Diesel engine exhaust is “carcinogenic to humans,” an international health body declared Tuesday, bolstering the findings of a controversial study published recently in the United States.... Read more»

Obesity: Not just a Thanksgiving problem

Thanksgiving is when most Americans stuff their faces, loosen their belts and then feel guilty enough to sign up for a new gym membership. But for many people in the United States and around the world, issues related to healthy eating and body weight do not begin and end with the holidays.... Read more»

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

Canada reinforced its reputation as a public health outcast this week by declining to support the inclusion of asbestos on a toxics blacklist.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

War on Drugs an epic fail, says new report by world leaders

The "war on drugs" is a trillion-dollar failure. Now what?... Read more»8

Shunned by industry, Mexico's tobacco growers used as lobbyists

As the global fight over smokers moves from the United States and other countries where tobacco consumption is on the decline, Big Tobacco has drawn a line around developing nations that account for an increasingly important share of their revenues. ... Read more»

Fat and fatter: the world's 10 fattest countries 2010

The WHO projects that in 2015, the number of overweight adults will balloon to 2.3 billion, up from 1.6 billion in 2005. And the number of obese will rise to 700 million, up from 400 million.... Read more»

Mystery disease kills 13 in Uganda

Thirteen people have died in northeastern Uganda from a mysterious disease. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control are investigating the outbreak of the disease that appears to be similar to the Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic viruses.... Read more»

Behold: The world's 10 fattest countries

If you tend to pack on a few pounds over the holidays, blame it on globalization. As the world has grown smaller, we’ve all grown larger — alarmingly so. ... Read more»

Snake bites are a forgotten global threat

In most Indian villages there is an "ojha," or a magician who doubles as a medicine man. The ojha can cure snake bites with mantras and by rubbing leaves and homemade pastes on the wound.... Read more»