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Avian flu detected in seabirds in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has detected an outbreak of avian flu in seabirds, citing the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain that infected the country’s poultry industry last year. Last year’s outbreak resulted in poultry farmers culling…

Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

LONDON: British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally. Results from tests of the scanner showed that patients were…

Mini cars drive away children’s fears of surgery

VALENCIENNES: Wearing a big grin, Marame clambers into the small electric sports car and drives off -- to the operating theatre. The five-year-old girl is a patient at the public hospital in the northern French city of Valenciennes,…

Study challenges ‘healthy but obese’ theory

PARIS: Being overweight or obese does pose a risk of heart disease, despite claims to the contrary, a study of nearly 300,000 British adults suggested Friday. While it is generally accepted that being overweight increases a person's…