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Bid to repeal California school vaccination law falls short


SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A plan to ask voters to repeal a new California law tightening vaccination requirements for school-age children has fallen short of signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot, state data showed on Thursday.


Smoking set to kill one in three young men in China, study finds 12:03am BST

LONDON - One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, researchers said on Friday.


Ten quarantined in Nigeria over Ebola scare 08 Oct 2015

ABUJA - Ten people have been quarantined after coming into contact with a patient with Ebola-like symptoms in the southern Nigerian city of Calabar, officials said on Thursday, a year after the country was declared free of the deadly disease.

Experts caution on study citing method to predict sexual orientation 08 Oct 2015

- U.S. researchers on Thursday said they had found a way to predict male sexual orientation based on molecular markers that control DNA function, but genetics experts warned that the research has important limitations and will not provide definitive answers to a potential biological basis for sexual preference.


New York City to offer low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants 08 Oct 2015

NEW YORK - New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.

U.S. court says yoga sequence cannot be copyrighted 08 Oct 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. appeals court ruled against a celebrity yogi on Thursday, finding that he is not entitled to copyright protection for a sequence of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises that he developed.


Low- and middle-income countries lack assistive devices for elderly 08 Oct 2015

(Reuters Health) - Governments in low- and middle-income countries give some thought to access for devices that assist disabled elderly, a recent study suggests, but more attention is needed.


Selena Gomez says suffered from lupus, underwent chemotherapy 08 Oct 2015

- Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez has revealed in an interview that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, which led to her canceling the end of her tour in 2013, but that the disease is now in remission.


Perceived discrimination linked to smoking and poor diet 08 Oct 2015

(Reuters Health) - Feeling like the target of discrimination may increase a person’s odds of harmful behaviors like smoking, eating fatty foods and getting less sleep, a study of African-Americans suggests.

Neurocrine's neurological disorder drug effective in late: stage study 08 Oct 2015

- Neurocrine Biosciences Inc's experimental drug for tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder, was effective in a late-stage study, bringing it a step closer to becoming the first treatment to win U.S. approval for the condition.