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Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe contracts MRSA-like infections

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe is in a Sydney hospital after contracting two potentially deadly infections and will never swim competitively again, his agent said.<p>According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Thorpe, 31, got the infections after undergoing a series of surgeries on his …

Crocodiles in Zimbabwe fed vegetarian diet to make better handbags

Crocodiles on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe are being fed a vegetarian diet which farmers believe enhances the quality of their skin, used for handbags and shoes<p>It is enough to bring a tear to the eye of any self-respecting crocodile – a diet that is all vegetable and no meat.<p>But that is the fare that …

Health officials were slow to reveal meningitis deaths, advocates say

Advocates from health organizations and the gay community criticized Los Angeles County officials Tuesday over their response to a recent cluster of meningitis cases that have led to the deaths of three young men.<p>The county's Department of Public Health announced last week that there have been …