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Fans of yoga therapy have yet to win over doctors

Yoga practitioners often tout the unique health benefits of the ancient discipline -- from relieving stress and pain to improving vascular health -- but most doctors remain sceptical in the absence of hard proof

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After tests, WHO rules out return of polio to Venezuela

Tests carried out by the World Health Organization following a suspected case of polio in Venezuela have ruled out any return of the crippling childhood disease, the UN agency has said.

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That's sick! Humans identify infected peers from a photo

Human beings can spot a sick person, on a photo, a mere two hours after he or she was infected by a germ, researchers said Wednesday.

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No rise in autism in US in past three years: study

After more than a decade of steady increases in the rate of children diagnosed with autism in the United States, the rate has plateaued in the past three years, researchers said Tuesday.

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Malaysian transgender conversion plan sparks alarm

A Malaysian state plans to run a conversion therapy course aimed at transgender women, officials said Saturday, sparking alarm among LGBT activists in the conservative Muslim-majority country.

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Tom Savage of the Houston Texans heads to the locker room in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas

Texans won't face discipline over Savage concussion

The Houston Texans won't be disciplined over their handling of quarterback Tom Savage's concussion, but the "unacceptable" incident has sparked changes to the NFL's concussion protocol.

In California, high hopes for 'green rush' with advent of legal pot

At the stroke of midnight on January 1, pot lovers in California may raise a joint, instead of a glass of champagne.

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Gay Singaporean loses bid to adopt surrogate son

A gay Singaporean man has failed in a bid to formally adopt his biological son fathered via a surrogate in the United States at a cost of US$200,000.

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E. coli outbreak in Canada, women at higher risk

Canada's public health agency warned Friday of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has mainly affected women, and has been linked to at least one death.

Quarter of Rohingya refugee children acutely malnourished

A quarter of Rohingya children under the age of five who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar suffer from potentially life-threatening levels of malnutrition, the United Nations said Friday.

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Wilson and Seahawks found to have dodged concussion test

A joint NFL and players union review unveiled Thursday found Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was allowed to return to the game in breach of concussion protocol on November 9 against Arizona.

Discovery of neutron star collision is 'breakthrough' of 2017

The world's first-ever detection of two faraway neutron stars colliding, causing a massive blast that rippled through the fabric of space and time, was judged the scientific breakthrough of 2017, the journal Science said Thursday.

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US woman delivers baby from embryo frozen for 24 years

An American woman has given birth to a healthy baby girl from an embryo that was frozen a quarter century ago, in what hospital officials say may be a world record.

Eating leafy greens may stave off memory loss: study

Eating one serving of leafy greens per day may stave off memory loss in old age and keep the brain more youthful, according to research published Wednesday.

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Rubber bullets are not safe: study

About three in every 100 people injured by rubber bullets died as a result, according to a review of recorded casualties published Tuesday, calling for alternative crowd control measures.

Nagasaki A-bomb survivors lose suit seeking official recognition

Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb in 1945 who were close to ground zero but outside the government's officially designated zone on Monday lost their battle with Japan's top court for official recognition as victims.

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US public health 'word ban' sparks outrage

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's reported move to ban words including "fetus," "diversity" and "transgender" in budget-related documents triggered outrage, astonishment and calls for the decision to be reversed Saturday.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel  during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017 in New York

Jordan king heads to US for Trump meeting

Jordan's King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with President Donald Trump on Middle East issues including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that emits less carbon dioxide than oil or coal, but its efficiency depends a lot on keeping methane leaks to a minimum

US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says

The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment

Xiaomi shipped 28 million smartphones worldwide from January to March, an 88-percent surge year-on-year

Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi kicked off its initial public offering Thursday but the firm is likely to pull in about $6.1 billion, far less than originally expected, with investors having mixed views about its main business