If passed, the bill would then go before the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle to become law. The new bill would decriminalise abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and even afterwards conditionally.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, are the only other countries that suffer from endemic polio, a childhood virus that can cause paralysis or death.
A US medical team was screening Americans who work in a southern Chinese city as the State Department confirmed evacuating a number of government workers who experienced unexplained health issues like those that have hurt US personnel in Cuba.
Fragile drug supply chains that are dependent on just a few big drug suppliers are close to collapse, putting growing numbers of patients at risk, exposing them to so-called superbugs.
Health officials say they are working hard to get out accurate information about the deadly hemorrhagic fever but face significant mistrust in a part of Africa where many place more faith in clerics in white collars than doctors in white coats.
If current trends continue, 22 percent of people in the world will be obese by 2045, up from 14 percent last year, according to research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna.
There are now 17 confirmed Ebola cases in the Mbandaka city of one million residents, including one death, plus 21 probable cases and five suspected ones, health officials say.
According to report released by UNICEF more than 700.000 children under 5 year of age suffer from acute malnutrition. UNICEF is urging to provide assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region.
The chief of the Red Cross and Red Crescent says that the Turkish Red Crescent's role in regional humanitarian relief activities has increased during the past few years.
Health officials in California said another 23 had fallen sick in California by the Escherichia coli bacteria found in romaine lettuce. Authorities have yet to identify the source of the outbreak.
The 23-month-old toddler from Merseyside died a week after doctors withdrew life support. His parents were in a legal battle with Alder Hey Children's Hospital because doctors would not allow them to fly the boy to Rome for treatment.
According to the World Health Organization, the mosquito-borne disease kills 600,000 people worldwide every year.
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