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Gold surge draws prospectors and thieves

As the price of gold rests near record highs, people from Spokane to Bangkok are selling jewelry or buying bullion.

How far do your sneeze and cough go?

Ever wondered how far your sneeze goes? Or if you can stop germs from spreading by cupping your mouth with your hand when you cough?

Protesters seek cheaper drugs at HIV/Aids meeting

Protesters disrupted a large HIV/Aids conference in Indonesia on Wednesday to demand access to drugs to treat HIV patients dying from hepatitis C.

Heat scanners give cold comfort during flu outbreak

Airports have rushed to install temperature scanners to pick out the sick, but the swine flu virus is proving too clever for modern technology.

Plantation workers face weedkiller health threat

Malaysian plantation worker Rajam Murugasu became blind in one eye after she slipped and accidentally sprayed the weedkiller paraquat in her face.

Global slowdown to take heavy toll on mental health

Chiu Hei-chun spent 50 years washing dishes at a roadside stall in Hong Kong only to lose his life savings when Lehman Brothers went belly up.

Lack of medical workers plagues developing countries

When her baby turned blue, Nivetha Biju rushed the child to the emergency room of an Indian hospital and watched as the baby lost consciousness.

Parents swamp clinics for children’s kidney tests

Hong Kong parents streamed into clinics this week after news that the imported milk they had been feeding their children may be contaminated.

Fruit compound fights head, neck cancer

Lupeol, a compound in fruits like mangoes, grapes and strawberries, appears to be effective in killing and curbing the spread of cancer cells in the head and neck, a study in Hong Kong has found. An experiment with mice showed lupeol worked most effectively with chemotherapy drugs and had almost no side effects.

Keen demand fuels global trade in body parts

Paul Lee got his liver from an executed Chinese prisoner; Karam in Egypt bought a kidney for his sister for  300; in Istanbul, Hakan is holding out for  700 for one of his kidneys. They are not so unusual: a dire shortage of donated organs in rich countries is sending foreigners with end-stage illnesses to poorer places like China, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Colombia and the Philippines to buy a new lease of life.

Chinese shrub gives best cure for malaria

If it wasn't for the fresh, sharp scent, you could easily mistake sweet wormwood for any other kind of shrub. But this shrub, also called the Artemisia annua, is widely regarded by medical experts as the best cure for malaria, one of the world's leading killer diseases.

More help needed to fight malaria in Africa

Aid agencies and African states called for more help on Tuesday to fight malaria, a disease that kills more than a million people each year, 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa. A dire shortage of money, infrastructure and medical personnel continues to make drugs inaccessible to people who most need them -- children and pregnant women, the two groups most vulnerable to the disease.

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