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Check Out Life Spans Around The World — And Likely Years Of Ill Health

Check Out Life Spans Around The World — And Likely Years Of Ill Health. A new study looks at how long people live in 188 countries — and how they fare. Regardless of whether you're in a rich or poor nation, you'll probably face health issues for one-eighth of your life.

Pfizer To Buy Allergan For $160B, Create World’s Largest Drug Company -- Moving ownership from the U.S. to Ireland will mean the company pays less tax

Pope Francis admits: Use of condoms to stop AIDS is a ‘complicated’ issue for the Church. The pope grudgingly admitted condoms are “one of the methods” which could prevent the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, but was not pleased by the topic being raised. “When people are dying from lack of water and food… your question seems too narrow,” he told the German journalist who had raised the issue. The Church is against all forms of contraception and instead says abstinence is the best…

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The Debate Is On: To Deworm Or Not To Deworm?

More than 2 billion people are infected with intestinal worms. They can cause anemia. Anemia can cause serious problems, but mild anemia can actually be helpful for fighting some diseases. Maybe that's why the evidence for deworming is so mixed. The parasites can spread through soil and water.

from WIRED

Hey Silicon Valley, Let’s Talk About Periods

Hey Silicon Valley, Let’s Talk About Periods -- Menstrual blood analysis yields useful health info. Periods can also be very painful and inconvenient, and technology could make it better if people weren't too ashamed and squeamish to talk about it, and if men were willing to invest in it. Mentions some exciting new products, like a device that makes period sex less messy.

from Berkeley News

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer. The retrovirus is easily transmitted among cattle primarily through infected blood and milk, but it only causes disease in fewer than 5 percent of infected [cows]. A 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of bulk milk tanks found that 100 % of dairy operations with large herds of 500 or more cows tested positive for BLV antibodies. Even dairy operations with small herds of fewer than 100 cows tested positive for BLV 83 percent of the time.

from the Guardian

For Colombia's Emberá, telling outsiders about FGM is worse than cutting girls

For Colombia's Emberá telling outsiders about FGM is worse than cutting girls. There is a strongly held belief among the Emberá that if a clitoris is not cut it will become a penis.