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Global Scan

Avian flu kills a Canadian, and more in today's global scan

Canada is dealing with its first death from H5N1, known as avian flu. The victim recently returned from Beijing, where officials say she contracted the disease. Meanwhile, '12 Years A Slave' is expected to take home awards this season, though it's a story that was almost lost to history. And police in the UK who carry guns will now have to wear body cameras. All in today's Global Scan.

Health & Medicine

Part I: Rethinking the Model Family

In Ethiopia, having eight children is not uncommon. To reduce birth rates, the government has enlisted the help of health workers and religious leaders. Their goal: change attitudes about what constitutes an "ideal" family.

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Health & Medicine

Geo answer

Today's answer is the Sudanese state of South Kurdufan. That's where emergency medical doctor James Maskalyk spent 6 months as a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. He's written a book about his experience...and tells anchor Marco Werman about it.

Business, Economics and Jobs

Swine Flu Hits Africa

The World's Andrea Crossan reports from Nairobi on worries over the swine flu hitting Africa. Just under 10 cases have been confirmed in sub-Sarahan Africa. But health experts are concerned about the disease spreading in the continent's crowded slums.

Arts, Culture & Media

Soft food and obesity

A Harvard anthropologist says soft food is sabotaging the battle against obesity. He argues that the modern diet is too over-processed and spongy. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from The World's science correspondent David Kohn.

Health & Medicine

Swine Flu hits Argentina

A health emergency is in effect in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, following the latest outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from reporter Richard Reynolds.

Health & Medicine

Key finding on AIDS

Scientists studying chimps in Tanzania have made a discovery that could change our understanding of AIDS. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the study's lead author, Beatrice Hahn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On PRI's The World.