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(MENAFN - AFP) Women whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, US researchers said Wednesday.

While the study in the journal PLOS ONE did not prove that the chemical exposures caused earlier menopause, study authors said the associations ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control centre, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare systems on the continent.

Oxfam called for a "massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan", referring to the United States aid package to rebuild Europe after World War II.

"This ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe.

The largest Ebola unit ever built opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia with 120 beds on August 17 but was immediately overwhelmed, with staff forced ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than one million people receiving treatment for asthma may have been wrongly diagnosed, a health watchdog warned Wednesday as it published new draft guidance for doctors on testing for the condition.

Around 4.1 million people in Britain receive treatment for asthma but studies suggest that up to 30 percent do not show clear evidence of having the illness, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Unlike many American startups, Uber was not founded in someone's garage, but was conceived instead on a cold night in Paris, when two tech entrepreneurs could not find a taxi.

Uber chief Travis Kalanick and co-founder Garrett Camp were attending the technology conference Le Web in late 2008, where they were brainstorming ideas for a new venture -- in Kalanick's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian stock markets fell across the board on Thursday, largely on the back of declines in the US triggered by concerns over a strengthening dollar and falling oil prices.

The Federal Reserve, meanwhile, failed to buoy markets when it repeated its pledge to remain "patient" regarding the United States' first interest rate increase since 2006, signalling a June ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Samsung Electronics posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years on Thursday and saw resurgent arch-rival Apple barge in on its pole position as the world's top smartphone maker.

The South Korean firm, whose key mobile phone operations have struggled in the face of intense competition from cut-price Chinese rivals, also warned that it expected ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's new hard-left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent the Athens stock market diving after his government scrapped key privatisation projects and pressed home its demand for debt relief.

In sweeping announcements two days after taking power, Tsipras began reversing many of the unpopular measures that underpin Greece's 240-billion-euro ($269 billion) bailout ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Doping in sport is a public health issue, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Wednesday, because of the spread of substance abuse from elite athletes to school gyms.

"Too many people are taking too many substances they don't even know," WADA director general David Howman told AFP in an interview in Tokyo.

"Where have they come from They ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Swedish white goods maker Electrolux said Wednesday its profits tripled in 2014 as it looks to North America for growth with the acquisition of General Electrics' appliance division.

Electrolux's annual earnings soared to 2.24 billion kronor ($273 million dollars, 240 million euros).

The company had struggled to turn a profit for 18 months before its ...

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