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  • UN puts off destroying last smallpox viruses

    Health ministers from around the world agreed Tuesday to put off setting a deadline to destroy the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus for three more years, rejecting a U.S. plan that had called for a five-year delay.


  • US: No rush to destroying last smallpox viruses

    The last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus won't be destroyed anytime soon, the U.S. health secretary said Tuesday, in part out of fear that one of the world's deadliest diseases could be used as a bioweapon.


  • Terminal patients in Ukraine endure 'torture'

    When his brain cancer pain became unbearable, Vlad Zhukovsky pleaded for a stronger dose of painkiller, but the doctors refused, citing Ukrainian health regulations.


  • Iraq, South Africa buck rising life expectancy

    Average life expectancies are increasing steadily in most of the world, but men in Iraq and women in South Africa are bucking that trend with notable drops in their time on Earth.


  • Experts debate destroying last smallpox viruses

    Smallpox, one of the world's deadliest diseases, eradicated three decades ago, is kept alive under tight security today in just two places _ the United States and Russia.


  • Ukrainian cancer patients denied pain relief

    When his brain cancer pain became unbearable, Vlad Zhukovsky pleaded for a stronger dose of painkiller, but the doctors refused, citing Ukrainian health regulations. Unable to withstand the agony, he tried to jump out of a hospital window, but a fellow patient held him back.


  • WHO: Countries agree to share flu virus samples

    The World Health Organization says countries have agreed on a deal to share flu virus samples after almost four years of fractious talks on the issue.


  • Chinese ministry, WHO warn of antibiotic overuse

    Drug-resistant forms of diseases such as tuberculosis are on the rise in China because of the overuse of antibiotics and urgent action is needed to reverse the problem, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization warned Thursday.


  • Chinese ministry, WHO warn of antibiotic overuse

    Drug-resistant forms of diseases such as tuberculosis are on the rise in China because of the overuse of antibiotics, the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization warned Thursday, saying urgent action was needed to reverse the problem.


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