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Photo shows kids climbing all over war memorial

A photo taken of two young girls playing on the Vietnam Women's Memorialhas sparked outrage online, particularly among veterans.

The picture appeared …


America declares war on e-cigarettes. But it's an ideological battle, not a medical one

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a wildly expensive campaign against e-cigarettes because… well, I can’t really work out their logic, but the sickly aroma of liberal puritanism is unmistakeable. The medical arguments are risible. The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Rural Indiana county struggles as 'epicenter of the HIV outbreak'

As a nurse and manager of the only medical office in Austin, Ind., Jeanni McCarty finds herself at the heart of the state’s worst-ever outbreak of HIV, so bad that on Thursday the governor declared a heath emergency.

McCarty, 42, grew up in Austin, but she scarcely recognizes it now.

“It’s not what …


Kenya: I Am Sorry for All the Past Wrongs, Uhuru Tells Kenyans in State of the Nation Speech

President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised "for all the past wrongs" that have afflicted Kenyans.

Uhuru said he was seeking forgiveness from all Kenyans, …

Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse

Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, …

8 Other Cases Where Caucasian People ‘Borrowed’ Black Music Without Permission

‘Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop’

Bebop was well known as a jazz style by 1950, but it had also become associated with rhythm and blues in songs like Lionel …

Record Labels

Long wait for cancer treatment a 'death sentence'

A North Vancouver cancer patient is furious he's been told he could face a four-week wait for treatment - even though the BC Cancer agency says …

Pacific Northwest

Men who kept highly fit in midlife reduced their cancer death risks in older life

The men's treadmill tests measured fitness level by slowly stepping up speed and grade until the point they wanted to stop.

For specific types of …

Zimbabwe: 'Short Dress' Attack Perpetrators Sentenced

The Herald, 27 March 2015

A HARARE magistrate yesterday sentenced the two touts who indecently assaulted a woman at Simon Vengai Muzenda (formerly …

News (South Africa)

'The super-rich don't vote in Nigeria': election in the land of rising inequality

Angel was nine months old when she fell off the edge and drowned. Filthy, 6ft-deep water surrounds her family home and is visible through gaps in its crooked floorboards, which bend precariously underfoot. About 30 grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, teenagers and young children are crammed …


School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut

Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother.

Adam got his haircut on March 8. …


Uganda to expand successful Kampala scheme in battle against tuberculosis

It is common for patients to arrive at Dr Kasauli Mahmoud Zinda’s private clinic in Bwaise, just north of Kampala’s humming business district, with a persistent cough, little appetite and a fever that, even after various treatments, just will not break. Zinda knows the symptoms usually add up to …


Complaints about improper behaviour in military triple since 2012

The number of complaints about improper behaviour in the British armed forces has trebled since 2012, according to a report by the military ombudsman.

The annual report, published on Tuesday, covers complaints made in 2014, mainly from members of the services.

Despite attempts to reduce bullying, the …


Girl whose parents worked for medical marijuana has died

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. - The girl whose parents worked to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota has died at age 8.

Katelyn Pauling had …


Bill allowing use of low-THC marijuana passes key Senate hurdle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Medical marijuana in Florida continued on a slow and steady path to becoming legal in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday, the Senate …


Obama Says He Will Delay Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

The president on Tuesday heeded the Afghan president’s request to maintain the U.S. military presence in that country.

The Obama administration changed course on its Afghanistan withdrawal plan on Tuesday, saying that it would keep the 9,800 U.S. troops—half of which it had planned to remove in …


Women with diabetes more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer

Mar. 24, 2015 — Certain red blood cell traits in children can increase or decrease their risk for malaria, researchers say. Researchers also found …


Cancer patients want more info about CT risks

(Reuters Health) – - Some cancer patients would like more information on the health risks of their radiology tests, a new study found.

Most of the 30 patients questioned for the study said they looked online for information about the radiation hazards of tests like computed tomography (CT) scans, …


Congolese hospital sees rise in rape of girls as young as 18 months

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls as young as 18 months are being raped and left with horrific injuries in eastern Congo after being stolen from their homes at night, a charity said on Tuesday.

The children, many of them under five, have been treated at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, South …


World Trade Center climb will benefit wounded vets

NEW YORK — The first stair-climb race at One World Trade Center - the nation's tallest building - will raise money for military veterans struggling …

World Trade Center

Ex-Ugandan coach predicts tough Nigeria/Uganda friendly in Uyo

Harrison Okagbue, a former Coach of the Cranes of Uganda, has advised the Super Eagles to expect a tough match in its friendly with the East Africans …

Confederation of African Football

Congress May Have More Time on the 'Doc Fix'

The Obama administration should be able to buy lawmakers a couple of weeks

The current doc-fix patch expires on March 31 and, as all the news coverage notes, if Congress doesn't act, doctors would face a 20 percent payment cut from Medicare.

But it's a little more complicated than that. The Obama …


Kenya: Schoolboys Save Girls From Rape After Learning 'No Means No'

(Photo: Katy Gabel/AllAfrica) NairobiThe schoolboy watched as a man tried to remove the nappy of a little girl he was dragging along a Nairobi …

East Africa

Navy bans chaplain from ministering to family of dead sailor

It really takes a special kind of lowlife to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor.

But that’s exactly what happened last week at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C., according to attorneys representing Chaplain Wes Modder.

It’s become …


Syria Destroys U.S. Drone – U.S. Military And Pentagon Vexed By Country’s Action

As of this moment, the relationship between Syria and the United States is one that is quite complicate. Most of the strain in said relationship has …


Parents face anxious wait as epilepsy medical cannabis trial enters planning phase

Parents hold out for medical cannabis trial: Bethany Edwards plays at home with younger sister Lara. Photo: Brendan Esposito

On a bad day, …


American Doctors Are Killing Themselves and No One Is Talking About It

It’s estimated that at least 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. Many are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction.

Greg Miday was a promising young doctor with a prestigious oncology fellowship in St. Louis. He spoke conversational Spanish, volunteered with the homeless, and …


Africa: Drug-Resistant TB Threatens to Kill 75m People by 2050

London — Over the next 35 years, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis will kill 75 million people and could cost the global economy a cumulative $16.7 …

News (South Africa)

Methadone programme 'is a black hole'

The methadone programme in Scotland is "out of control", an expert has warned.

Prof Neil McKeganey, from the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, said "it is literally a black hole into which people are disappearing".

Data obtained by BBC Scotland shows pharmacists were paid £17.8m for dispensing nearly …


More mastectomies as Venezuelan economic crisis turns medicine back to ‘the 1940s’

Oncologist Gabriel Romero performs hundreds of life-saving surgeries a year, but he no longer takes pleasure in his work.

That’s because he believes that many of the mastectomies he does on some of Venezuela’s poorest women wouldn’t be needed in a normally functioning country. Doctors say they are …