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  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    Newborn babies lay in their beds at the St. Elisabeth and St. Barbara hospital in Halle, eastern Germany, on January 2, 2012Washington (AFP) - The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.

  • United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will push a "rapid and massive mobilization" of people, material and financial resources. "This international mission ... ...

  • Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continues

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low, providing a backstop for investors that helped lift both the Dow and S&P to record highs. The Fed said Wednesday at the conclusion of a two-day policy meeting it would keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," language supportive of equities which some had expected to be dropped from the statement. ...

  • Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

    CONAKRY (Reuters) - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters. (Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

  • Sedentary lifestyle linked to depression

    By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new analysis of previous studies ties too much sitting at the computer or lying around watching TV to a greater risk of depression. Based on dozens of studies covering hundreds of thousands of participants, Chinese researchers found that sedentary behavior was linked to a 25 percent higher likelihood of being depressed compared to people who were not sedentary. ...

  • A Carrot or a Tan?

    A Carrot or a Tan?Whenever I think about the good advice I just didn't take I'm ever so sorry I disregarded my mom's and couldn't resist the sun's afterglow -- like everyone else back then I wanted a tan, and felt pale and sickly looking without it.Sunbathing is considered much less glamorous these days. It's now confirmed that tanning increases the risk of skin...

  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, a man dries his hands after washing them with chlorine outside a shop in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

  • Falls indoors may signal frailty, linked to shorter survival

    By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women in their eighties who fell indoors, rather than outdoors or from a height like a ladder, died sooner than their peers, a new French study finds. Indoor falls could be an indicator of frailty and a sign that protective measures should be taken, say the authors. The study was led by Sebastien Bailly, a researcher with Hospices Civils de Lyon in France. He and his coauthors write in the journal Maturitas, “The mean survival time of women with inside falls was nearly 1.6 years shorter than that of women with other falling profiles. ...

  • Ailing Rob Ford urges voters to back brother for Toronto mayor

    Toronto Mayor Ford makes his closing remarks during a mayoral debate hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress in ScarboroughTORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in his first public remarks since doctors revealed he has cancer, has asked residents of Canada's largest city to vote for his brother Doug, who has replaced him on the ballot in next month's mayoral election. "I'm encouraging my brother to jump into this race wholeheartedly right now," he said in a three-minute audio recording released on Thursday. "Toronto needs Doug Ford as mayor. ...

  • Sierra Leone readies for controversial Ebola shutdown

    A sign warning of the dangers of Ebola outside a government hospital in the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown on August 13, 2014Freetown (AFP) - Sierra Leone was preparing on Thursday for an unprecedented three-day nationwide shutdown to contain the deadly spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move experts claim could worsen the epidemic.

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