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Five-organ transplant patient gives birth: baby girl

Fatema Al Ansari, left, places her baby Alkadi Alhayal in a stroller following a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI: A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.

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ADB: In Asia, wealth buys access to clean water

In this March 12, 2013 photo, a Filipino woman fetches water from a deep well at a poor community in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA: Ninety-one percent of people living in Asia have improved access to clean water, a remarkable achievement over the last two decades in the world's most populous region.

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Interpol deal with drug firms to fight fake medicines

A man puts medicines on a shelve at a pharmacy on March 7, 2013 in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

LYON, France: Interpol on Tuesday announced a deal with the world's top pharmaceutical companies to fight fake drugs which threaten the health of millions, especially in poor countries.

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Vietnam urged to redouble rhino trade fight

A rhino and a zebra cross a road at Nairobi's National Park March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

BANGKOK: Vietnam was on Tuesday urged to do more to fight the illegal trade in rhino horn, which is highly prized in the Southeast Asian nation for its supposed medicinal qualities.

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Even for sperm, there is a bumper season

A laboratory technician tests fluids at the Institute of Cellular Medicine, in San Jose, May 18, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate

Autumn is the time of year most associated with bumper crops of new babies, and according to an Israeli study there may be a scientific reason for it: human sperm are generally at their healthiest in winter and early spring.

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Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries

Artefact conservator Jill Plitnikas is reflected through glass while posing for photographers. (REUTERS/David Moir)

LONDON: Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever study of mummies searching for the condition.

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US implant device helps prevent clotting: study

This undated image provided by Boston Scientific on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 shows an experimental heart device called the Watchman. (AP Photo/Boston Scientific)

WASHINGTON:An implant device designed by US firm Boston Scientific to prevent strokes in high risk people helps avert blood clotting, a new study said.

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Egypt's opposition scents chance in election debacle

Ayman Nour (3rd L), leader of Egyptian opposition party El-Ghad (Tomorrow), speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (3rd R) in Cairo March 2, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Elfiqi/Pool

CAIRO: To Egypt's opposition, a court ruling throwing the electoral process into limbo offers an opportunity to force Islamist President Mohamed Mursi into compromise as the country heads towards chaos.

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