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WHO projections warn of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe

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LONDON - Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit.

UN hails progress on Ebola as new weekly cases below 20

DAKAR - The U.N. envoy on Ebola on Tuesday hailed "extraordinary progress" against the outbreak in West Africa after new cases last week fell below 20 for the first time since mid-2014, but he warned it would take time to end the epidemic completely.

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Latest draftees could benefit from new-age concussion test

NEW YORK - The 2015 NFL Draft class has now been welcomed into the league, one that could grow safer as their careers unfold through new-age research into identifying concussions.

Sports, 9:15pm EDT

Online info about braces can be improved

(Reuters Health) - Internet information about orthodontic braces varies in quality and may not be entirely accurate, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

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IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers

NEW YORK - Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients.

Tech 9:21pm EDT

No problem with artificial heart fundamentals despite death: Carmat

PARIS - The artificial heart fitted in a patient who died on Saturday malfunctioned due to a fault with the controls of its motor, but an initial analysis indicates there are no fundamental problems with the device, its manufacturer Carmat said in a statement.

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Exclusive: U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs

CHICAGO - The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs.

U.S., 6:29pm EDT

Texas Senate passes measure to cut insurance payments for abortions

DALLAS - Health insurers would be prevented from covering the cost of abortions except in medical emergencies under a bill approved on Tuesday by the Republican-dominated Texas Senate.

Politics, U.S., 5:07pm EDT

Fathers have big influence on teens' drinking habits

(Reuters Health) - Parents' influence on teens’ drinking varies in girls and boys, suggests a new study from Taiwan.

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At least 265 dead in Niger meningitis epidemic

NIAMEY - At least 265 people have died so far this year in a meningitis epidemic in Niger amid a shortage of vaccines needed to prevent the disease's spread, the West African nation's health minister said on Tuesday.

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