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(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama is close to creating the first US national monument to the gay rights movement, in a New York City area seen as the birthplace of the struggle.

While many national monuments are distinctive places or landscapes, this would be the first national monument centered on a bar, the Stonewall Inn, plus surrounding area, in the Greenwich Village ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.

In 2013, at least 250,000 people died not from the illnesses or injuries that prompted them to seek hospital care but from preventable mistakes, according to the study.

That number exceeds deaths from strokes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany is to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes early next year, the health minister said on Tuesday.

"Our goal is that seriously ill patients are treated in the best possible way," said Hermann Groehe, who will present draft legislation to the German cabinet on Wednesday.

The draft bill comes as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Canadian lawmakers were a legislative step closer Tuesday to banning genetic discrimination including in the workplace or by health insurers.

The move comes almost a decade after Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States passed similar legislation.

The Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination has already been unanimously endorsed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nearly one in three antibiotic prescriptions doled out in the United States is "inappropriate," said a study Tuesday that called for improved stewardship of this important medicine.

Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections -- affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according ...

4 May 2016   European stocks slide 
 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets slumped on Tuesday, dragged down by disappointing bank results, as the EU cut its forecast for eurozone growth.

But the euro still managed to reach an eight-month high against the dollar, which tumbled also versus the yen on dwindling prospects of a further hike in US interest rates any time soon, according to analysts.

Weak earnings ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank is set to decide on Wednesday the fate of the 500-euro banknote, which many people associate with money laundering, the black market and terrorist financing.

But its possible abolition is raising hackles in countries such as Germany.

The violet-coloured bill, the largest denomination banknote in the single currency area and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple confirmed Tuesday that it has hired robotics star and Google X lab co-founder Yoky Matsuoka to work on health projects.

Matsuoka, a winner of the MacArthur genius award, last year left her job as a vice president at Google-owned Nest.

Her plan to take a job at San Francisco-based one-to-many messaging service Twitter was derailed last year by a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian prosecutors filed a $43.4 billion lawsuit against mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale over the Samarco mine dam burst that killed 19 people last year and wreaked environmental havoc.

The authorities "estimate that the preliminary value for repairs to be 155 billion reais," the public prosecutor's office for the state of Minas Gerais said in a statement, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Takata is preparing to recall at least another 35 million airbags in the US to address a defect linked to 11 fatalities, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The additional recalls by the Japanese auto parts supplier could be announced as soon as this week, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

Some 50 million ...

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