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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Nov 13 2017

Bill Gates makes $100 million personal investment to fight Alzheimer's

LONDON, Nov 13 Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is to invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital fund that brings together industry and government to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease.

Nov 09 2017

Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller

LONDON, Nov 9 A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.

Nov 09 2017

U.S. farm study finds no firm cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller

LONDON, Nov 9 A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.

Nov 07 2017

WHO seeks new director for cancer agency facing U.S. scrutiny

LONDON, Nov 7 The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking a new leader for its France-based cancer research agency to replace the current director, Chris Wild, from January 2019.

Nov 07 2017

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON, Nov 7 The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.

Sep 21 2017

A daily half hour's exercise could prevent 1 in 12 early deaths, study shows

LONDON, Sept 22 People who exercise five days a week for 30 minutes significantly reduce their risk of dying early and of developing heart disease, even if a sports club or gym is not an option, according to a new international study.

Sep 20 2017

Scientists edit embryos' genes to study early human development

LONDON, Sept 20 British scientists have used a genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 to knock out a gene in embryos just a few days old, testing the technique's ability to decipher key gene functions in early human development.

Sep 14 2017

Mental disorders, poor diets and tobacco make the world sick

LONDON, Sept 15 Heart disease and tobacco ranked with conflict and violence among the world's biggest killers in 2016, while poor diets and mental disorders caused people the greatest ill health, a large international study has found.

Sep 06 2017

Cognitive therapy found to cut "cyberchondria" health anxiety

LONDON, Sept 7 Up to 20 percent of UK hospital appointments for heart or brain scans and other exploratory tests are taken up by patients suffering from excessive health anxiety or hypochondria, experts said on Thursday.

Aug 16 2017

Amphetamine combo linked to Islamic State more potent than thought

LONDON, Aug 16 A synthetic psychoactive drug linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be a fund-raising tool and stimulant for Islamist militants is more dangerous than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

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