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(MENAFN - AFP) Parents of a child who is diagnosed with autism appear to be about one-third less likely than other parents to have children in the future, a new study out Wednesday found.

The research in JAMA Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, was described as the first to assess the influence of having a child with autism on the decision to have ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Morocco's health minister has advised the country's Muslim faithful against making pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year, with the deadly MERS virus having killed nearly 300 people there so far.

Last week, the health ministry urged the sick and the frail to postpone any planned pilgrimages until 2015, and circulated among those determined to go information ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Scientists Wednesday announced an advance in the quest to solve the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, saying they had found a chink in the armour of bacteria cells.

A resilient class of germs called Gram-negative bacteria have an impermeable lipid-based outer membrane that defends the cell against the human immune system as well as antibiotics.

Removing ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The death toll in west Africa's three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.

Fresh data from the UN health agency showed that the number of deaths in Guinea, the hardest-hit country, has reached 264, while 49 had died in Sierra Leone and 24 in ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its "Fire Phone," a high-end handset boasting "breakthrough technologies" and a move aimed at challenging market leaders Apple and Samsung.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled the device, Amazon's first smartphone of its own, which has a 4.7-inch display, a high-definition camera and Amazon's free help service.

The phone ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The enlargement of the eurozone to 19 countries in 2015 has sparked a debate in Germany as to whether Europe's top economy will see its power curbed within the European Central Bank.

The eurosceptic AfD party, but also leading right-wing politicians and economists are fanning fears that Europe's top economy could hold less sway on the ECB's decision-making ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A US judge rebuked Argentina on Wednesday for seeking to evade an order to make good on its debts and for labelling hedge funds who hold the country's bonds "extortionists".

In 2012 Judge Thomas Griesa ordered Argentina to pay the hedge funds and this week the Supreme Court declined to re-examine his position, infuriating Argentina.

Griesa called President ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The Federal Reserve slashed its 2014 growth forecast for the US economy after the rough winter but kept policy on hold on Wednesday, showing faith in a modest rebound.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the economy had picked up after the first quarter's contraction, but she also downplayed a pickup of inflation as any sign of a need to tighten monetary policy.

As ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The chairman of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the world's largest maker of generic drugs, said Wednesday he would step down around the end of 2014.

The announcement by Phillip Frost came months after an abrupt change of CEO for the Israeli-based company.

"I have advised the board that I believe it will be appropriate for me to step down as chairman ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Cyprus returned to international debt markets Wednesday, just a little over a year after being forced to accept a 10-billion euro ($13.6 billion) bailout, with a five-year bond issue.

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Twitter: "It's done. Cyprus back to the markets."

The bond, he said, was for 750 million euros at an interest rate of 4.75 ...

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