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Diet drinks can cause stroke in post-menopausal woman

One serving of diet drink was regarded as 355ml. That group "had significantly greater likelihood" of strokes and coronary heart disease . The diet-drinkers were also 29% more like to develop heart disease and 16% more likely to die from any cause.

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This year's flu vaccine more effective in keeping people healthy, CDC says

Because viruses mutate, flu vaccines don't perfectly protect against them. In Florida, 27 outbreaks were reported in the last week. People who have gotten a flu shot this season have seen their risk of having to go to a doctor for the flu cut almost in half, according to new interim estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Scott Morrison warns of 'weaker borders' after medivac bill is passed

His coalition has to call an election by May and has been trailing the opposition centre-left Labor Party in opinion polls. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a security committee of his cabinet agreed to reopen the camp on Wednesday on the advice of senior security officials.

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USA measles cases top 100; big outbreaks reported in Madagascar, Philippines

The CDC attributes measles outbreaks, both recent and the ones in years past, to many people from the USA traveling to countries with more measles cases than usual, as well as small pockets of unvaccinated people in the US itself. "I plan to get Hepatitis A and B, MMR, the flu, HPV, TDaP [tetanus, diptheria and pertussis], and many other immunizations that I was "exempt" from", she wrote in an email, adding that the re-emergence of measles has made her "seriously anxious".

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Measles case confirmed in Denton County

This is the first reported measles case of 2019 in the North Texas area and the seventh reported case statewide according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Multnomah County's communicable disease team checks in daily with people suspected of being exposed to measles to make sure they can work and do other normal life responsibilities without infecting other people.

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Measles outbreak spreads to Texas

Washington and NY, which has seen about 200 people infected with measles in recent months, are the only states with current outbreaks, the agency says. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP. Washington is one of many states with non-medical exemptions.