Health Highlights: April 3, 2013

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Officials Say Mandela's Health is Improving

Nelson Mandela is improving after spending nearly a week in hospital being treated for pneumonia, the South African government reported Wednesday.

The 94-year-old former president "continues to make steady improvement in hospital," said a statement released Wednesday by the office of President Jacob Zuma, The New York Times reported. "His doctors say he continues to respond satisfactorily to treatment and is much better now than he was when he was admitted to hospital."

The statement did not say when Mandela might be discharged.

Mandela has been hospitalized three times in the past four months. That included a 19-day stay in December when he was treated for a lung infection and underwent gallstone surgery, The Times reported.

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