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Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France
A Dutch dentist (not the man pictured here) who allegedly "mutilated" scores of patients in France has gone on the run, it has been revealed. Photo: Shutterstock

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France

A dodgy Dutch dentist who was charged with violence and mutilation after allegedly butchering the mouths of scores of his unfortunate patients in France has gone on the run, it was reported this week. An international arrest warrant has been issued. READ  

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Fear of the dentist can make people do strange things to avoid having their teeth checked including inventing a story that you have been kidnapped, as one boy in France did recently. Police spent a month investigating his tale. READ  

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus
French authorities fear the spread of the mosquito-born virus Chikungunya have issued advice to residents in the south of France as well as travellers and tourists to the Carribean. Photo: CDC/Flickr

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus

French authorities have issued advice to counter the threat of the mosquito-born virus chikungunya, after dozens of cases were reported in the south. The risk of a chikungunya or dengue fever outbreak could be heightened by supporters returning from the World Cup in Brazil. READ  

Hypnotised patient sings through throat surgery
Signing through surgery? Is that even possible? Photo: Shutterstock

Hypnotised patient sings through throat surgery

Surgeons in France used hypnotism to perform an operation on a singer’s throat, so she would be able to sing throughout the surgery allowing them to make sure her vocal chords were not damaged. It’s been described as a world’s first. READ  

Paris: Historic store's renovation hits new snag
The renovation of the iconic Samaritaine store, which was due to open in 2013, has been hit by further delays. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Paris: Historic store's renovation hits new snag

The €460 million redevelopment of a landmark Paris department store by the banks of the Seine, which was due to have opened in 2013, hit another snag this week, after a court sided with a French heritage society who had opposed part of the redevelopment. READ  

Is drinking red wine really good for your health?
Is the "French paradox" all a myth? Does drinking red wine have any health benefits? Photo: Jakob Montrasio/AFP

Is drinking red wine really good for your health?

US researchers may have found a flaw with the "French Paradox," or the notion that people who drink red wine can somehow avoid the pitfalls of a high-fat diet. READ  

Paris: New plan to avoid repeat of pollution crisis
A plan has been launched to try to prevent a repeat of the soaring pollution levels that hit Paris earlier this year. Photo: Stefan de Vries/Twitter

Paris: New plan to avoid repeat of pollution crisis

The city of Paris, which in March had to impose a temporary ban on cars when air pollution levels grew dangerously high, is drawing up a five-point action plan to avoid a repeat of the crisis. Environmental groups have welcomed the measures. READ  

France bans breast implants from new firm
France has moved to ban implants from a South Korean firm over safety fears. Photo: Shutterstock

France bans breast implants from new firm

France, still shaken from a faulty breast implant scandal that saw thousands of women suffering ruptures, has banned implants made by a South Korean company after the firm’s products failed to meet safety standards. READ  

Breast implants: New report a worry for women
A new health report on breat implants is a worry for French women.Photo: Web photographer/Flickr

Breast implants: New report a worry for women

Ruptures, implants that fail to last the ten years promised, and a heightened risk of lymphatic cancer - a new official French report paints a worrying picture for the 340,000 women in the country who have had their breasts enlarged. READ  

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'
A study by French researchers concluded that young adults who smoke marijuana may increase risk of heart problems. Robyn Beck/AFP

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'

Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk of serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers published this week. The findings raise new concerns about the safety of marijuana. READ  

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. READ  

Lab results back caffeine benefit on Alzheimer's
Lab results back theory that drinking coffee can help prevent Alzheimers. Photo: Scott Feldstein/AFP

Lab results back caffeine benefit on Alzheimer's

French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer's disease. READ  

Man dies in France after contracting rabies
A man has died in France after contracting the rabies virus. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Man dies in France after contracting rabies

A man has died in France after contracting the virus rabies on a trip to Mali, authorities said on Thursday. Rabies had been officially eradicated in France in 2001. READ  

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal
Neknominate is a global social media game which involves people posting videos of themselves downing alcohol and then nominating others to continue. Photo: Screngrab YouTube

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal

A French association fighting alcohol addiction has filed a legal complaint in a bid to crackdown on Neknominate - the deadly social media booze craze. The group wants anyone caught playing to be charged with offences that come with jail sentences of up to two years. READ  

The view from 'La Rue'
Paris pollution: 'I'm having trouble breathing'
Parisians are concerned about the spike in pollution levels that has led to authorities making public transport free until Sunday. Photo: Screengrab, Le Parisien

Paris pollution: 'I'm having trouble breathing'

Paris, like much of northern France, is on maximum alert due to dangerously high levels of air pollution. Parisians who are having to deal with the dirty air on a daily basis are, unsurprisingly, unhappy and increasingly concerned, as several told The Local on Friday. READ  

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