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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Malawi Cholera Cases Pass 500, Eight People Dead

BLANTYRE —  Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained. Ministry of Health spokesman Joshua Malango said the number of cases had increased …

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Tiny Pacemakers Could Be Game Changers for Heart Patients

Some new, tiny pacemakers are making headway around the world. One type is keeping 15,000 people’s hearts beating in 40 countries, according to the manufacturer. Studies show these small pacemakers are safe. And, as VOA’s Carol Pearson reports, doctors expect the technology will help more heart patients over time.

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Lia, a Pregnancy Test You Can Flush

Taking an at-home pregnancy test is stressful enough, but users also have to contend with how to discretely dispose of the test and its results. Now there’s Lia, a pregnancy test that can safely disappear with the flush of a toilet. VOA’s Tina Trinh reports.

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Lia, the Pregnancy Test You Can Flush

NEW YORK  —  Bethany Edwards and her co-workers spend a lot of time with pregnancy tests. “We all peed on a lot of different things,” Edwards says, laughing. “So that’s been fun and interesting.” Edwards is the co-founder and CEO of Lia Diagnostics. Together with co-founder Anna Simpson, Edwards and …

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Ethics Dispute Erupts in Belgium Over Euthanasia Rules

A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. The case was described in a letter provided to The Associated …

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Flu Season Shows Signs of Leveling off

NEW YORK —  This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other flu symptoms. That’s still nearly as high as it’s been …

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Spacewalking Astronauts Finishing Months of Robot Arm Repair

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA —  Spacewalking astronauts stepped out Friday to wrap up months of repair work on the International Space Station’s big robot arm. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan’s Norishige Kanai emerged from the orbiting complex as the sun rose over Peru’s western coast, 250 miles below. The …

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