Don't expect to puff away at next year's Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympic organizers have announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices for next year's games. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue, including perimeter areas ...

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UN: Experts being asked to examine Zika risk at Rio games (Update)

The World Health Organization's chief says she will convene an expert committee to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics should proceed as planned, following concerns raised about the threat of the Zika virus.

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Rio fights dengue fever explosion ahead of Olympics

Rio de Janeiro launched an operation to wipe out dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes Wednesday, after an explosion of cases of the potentially deadly tropical disease hit the 2016 Olympics host city.


Brazil police dismantle illegal abortion ring

(AP)—Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro arrested 55 people Tuesday in an operation to dismantle a ring of illegal abortion clinics following the recent deaths of two women who sought to end their pregnancies.

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Brazil quarantines Guinean feared to have Ebola (Update)

Brazilian health officials Friday quarantined a Guinean man feared to have Ebola, but stressed it was a precautionary measure and the man no longer had a fever or other symptoms.


Crack user study finds critical need for intervention

A Brazilian investigative team, collaborating with a Simon Fraser University researcher, is citing an urgent need for targeted interventions among young crack users in cities throughout Brazil, identified as the world's biggest ...


Brazil slum study: Mobile health tech promising

(AP)—A study conducted in a Rio de Janeiro hillside slum says that using mobile health technology to monitor patients in poor urban areas could improve residents' access to health care while also reducing healthcare spending.

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