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(MENAFN - AFP) Girls who consume lots of sugary drinks start menstruating at a younger age, a study said Wednesday.

The findings are important because early onset of menstruation is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in later life, the paper said, although other experts saw flaws in the probe.

Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers said they had ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Have doctors, therapy and pills had their day in helping to wean people off addiction

Shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight, two unusual experiments suggested Wednesday.

Pregnant women promised vouchers were much likelier than non-rewarded peers to kick the smoking habit, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the world remains "dangerously unprepared" for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.

"The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in terms of lives lost and the loss of economic growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," Kim said in a speech at Georgetown University ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Earnings Tuesday from American multinationals revealed a downside to the comparatively robust US economy: the drag from a rising dollar.

Dow component Procter & Gamble cited "unprecedented" foreign-exchange fluctuations as it missed earnings expectations and slashed its profit outlook.

Chemical producer DuPont and technology giant Microsoft also highlighted ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff, elected to a second term in October despite overseeing four years of sluggish growth, Tuesday stressed the need for lower spending to balance the books and urged an end to corruption.

"Having the public accounts in order is necessary to keep inflation under control, bolster economic growth and provide a sustainable ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple's quarterly profit soared to a record $18 billion on the back of unprecedented iPhone sales, the tech giant said Tuesday.

The California-based Apple posted record revenue of $74.6 billion in the quarter, during which 74.5 million iPhones were sold.

Apple also set new records in the quarter for sales of Macintosh computers and revenue from digital ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google's super-fast Internet service -- up to 100 times quicker than basic broadband -- is heading for four more US metropolitan areas as the technology titan ramps up pressure on cable service giants.

A Google Fiber program launched nearly five years ago will expand to 18 cities in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham areas.

"We can't ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Countries and private donors have pledged $7.5 billion (6.6 billion euros) to help immunise 300 million more children in developing countries over the next five years, a major vaccine alliance announced Tuesday.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) announced it had just slightly exceeded its "bold" request for funding for 2016 to 2020 at ...

 
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(MENAFN - AFP) Yahoo announced plans Tuesday for a tax-free spinoff of its stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, splitting off the valuable holdings from its core operations.

The move aims to deliver more cash for shareholders than an outright sale of the stake, which could be hit with a hefty tax bill.

Yahoo said its board had authorized the move to split off its ...

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