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|Hungary to seek EU funds to tackle bird flu fallout - agency
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government will seek European Union financial support to tackle the economic fallout from outbreaks of the bird flu virus, state news agency MTI reported on Monday, citing the Agriculture Ministry. Hungarian farmers have culled about 2.5 million infected birds, mostly waterfowl, since the outbreak of the virus in November. Bulgaria said last week it would provide 9.7 million levs ($5.32 million) to poultry farmers to help contain a bird flu virus outbreak. MTI said the outbreak of the H5N8 strain of the virus has cost local producers about 3 billion forints ($10. ...
WHO urges health authorities to step up bird flu reporting
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/urges-health-authorities-step-bird-flu-reporting-102542178.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/GInE9rryssOgNbMqw.As9g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztmaT1maWxsO2g9ODY7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2017-01-23T102542Z_1_LYNXMPED0M0J1_RTROPTP_2_HEALTH-EBOLA-WHO.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The WHO logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva" align="left" title="The WHO logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva" border="0" /></a>The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry, and to report any human cases promptly, warning: "We cannot afford to miss the early signals". "Just since November of last year, nearly 40 countries have reported fresh outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry or wild birds. The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high alert," Dr. Margaret Chan told the U.N. agency's executive board in Geneva.</p><br clear="all"/>
UK scientists give cancer risk warning on overdone chips, toast
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on Monday. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at high temperatures, has been found in animal studies to increase the risk of cancer. In a statement that drew criticism from some independent experts, the FSA said that, to reduce the danger, consumers should cook these foods at lower temperatures and eat them when they are cooked to a golden color rather than browned.
Correction: Police-Mental Health story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 19 about a report on the NYPD's mental health crisis training program, The Associated Press erroneously reported whether Sgt. Hugh Barry had received the training. Barry had not participated in the four-day program, according to the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department.
Bristol-Myers lung cancer delay slams shares, keeps Merck in lead
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/bristol-myers-shares-fall-lung-cancer-timeline-setback-171405775--finance.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/.WcDrB.RMm1zMpwqkuy6Zg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztmaT1maWxsO2g9ODY7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2017-01-20T171405Z_1_LYNXMPED0J1C3_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A trader passes by a screen displaying the tickers symbols for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Intelsat, Ltd. on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="A trader passes by a screen displaying the tickers symbols for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Intelsat, Ltd. on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" /></a>Bristol-Myers Squibb Co shares fell 11 percent on Friday following Thursday's announcement that it would not seek accelerated approval of its immunotherapy drug combination in first-line lung cancer, further solidifying Merck & Co Inc's leading position in the burgeoning immuno-oncolgy field. Lung cancer is by far the biggest oncology market and a handful of companies have been battling to become dominant in initial, or first-line, treatment, and to provide much-needed combination therapies. Merck shares rose 3.6 percent to $62.53, while Bristol fell to $49.23.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kazakhstan confirms H5 bird flu in wild swans: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Kazakhstan confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious H5 bird flu virus in wild swans by the Caspian Sea, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from the Kazakh agriculture ministry. Two swans were found dead in the coastal city of Aktau in the west of the country, the report said. Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to large-scale slaughtering of poultry in certain countries and some human deaths in China. (Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Bate Felix)
Exclusive: Malaria champions see Trump uncertainty at crucial time
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-malaria-champions-unnerved-trump-uncertainty-crucial-time-110457413.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/YAfCQEXWnHQVL_d939nzTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztmaT1maWxsO2g9ODY7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2017-01-20T110457Z_1_LYNXMPED0J0QA_RTROPTP_2_DAVOS-MEETING-MALARIA-GATES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE PHOTO: A woman, 60, who is suffering from malaria rests in her house at Kagorwa Pygmy camp on Idjwi island in the Democratic Republic of Congo" align="left" title="FILE PHOTO: A woman, 60, who is suffering from malaria rests in her house at Kagorwa Pygmy camp on Idjwi island in the Democratic Republic of Congo" border="0" /></a>DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Reuters)- When it comes to fighting malaria, Bill Gates and Ray Chambers are both inspired and concerned: With victory in sight, will the world's new leaders commit to finally beating this persistent parasite? In exclusive interviews with Reuters in Davos, Gates and Chambers highlighted uncertainty about leadership changes in the U.S. and in United Nations bodies and what these might mean for funding and commitment to global health. "The imponderable is what happens with President Trump," said Chambers, the United Nations special envoy for malaria.</p><br clear="all"/>
Depression may prevent infertile women from seeking treatment
By Shereen Lehman Infertile women who are depressed are less likely to proceed with fertility treatments, a small U.S. study suggests. Fertility specialists should consider screening patients for depression, the authors write, to help these patients improve their quality of life and not miss out on the chance of pregnancy. Of 416 women in the study, 41 percent screened positive for depression, researchers found.