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Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of …

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Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast…

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Sierra Leone peacekeepers to leave Somalia mission

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in So…

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WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Si…

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Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to kee…

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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more t…

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FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combina…

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US nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra …

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US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

DETROIT — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tie…

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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

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Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to kee…

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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more t…

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FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combina…

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US nurse exposed to Ebola released from DC hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health says an American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra …

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US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

DETROIT — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tie…

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National briefs

Massachusetts

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Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

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Deadly listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Deadly listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Four deaths among 28 people infected in 10 states, including Arizona.

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, …

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators have granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of drugs for ovarian cancer, AstraZeneca…

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UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Fri…

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Restraint possible during booze-filled holidays

Restraint possible during booze-filled holidays

Whether it’s a few mugs of mulled wine at Christmas or a couple of bottles of Champagne at New Year’s or some wine in between, the holidays ar…

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Pima reports first pediatric flu death since 2009

Pima reports first pediatric flu death since 2009

The child had other underlying health conditions. No other details are released.

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Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples …

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Life would go on if all bacteria disappeared, but it wouldn't be pleasant

Microbes: They’re everywhere, including inside our bodies. But are they really necessary? Not to life, scientists argue in a new paper — but c…

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Raise for Medicaid primary care doctors set to expire

WASHINGTON — A temporary bump in Medicaid fees paid to primary care doctors, an Affordable Care Act provision intended to get more physicians …

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Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's titl…

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High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

PITTSBURGH — Giving frail, older residents of long-term care facilities a high-dose flu vaccine produces a significantly better immune respons…

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Nature’s own tornado detector saves migrating birds, study finds

LOS ANGELES — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic s…

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Report: Radiation leak at nuclear dump was small

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear was…

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Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb…

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Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to t…

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Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's ve…

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Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medic…

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European court rules obesity can be a disability

European court rules obesity can be a disability

LONDON (AP) — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences a…

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European court rules obesity can be a disability

LONDON — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across…

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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorit…

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Correction: Brain Injury Program-NFL story

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a story Dec. 16 about the Eisenhower Center, The Associated Press, based on information from the center, reported err…

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Supplement maker admits lying about ingredients

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of dilut…

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5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by read…

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Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement …

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A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants …

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Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first

Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential — a new frontier because government-funded ma…

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Study: Removing clot helps limit stroke disability

For the first time in two decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherl…

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Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research

Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countl…

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Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.

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UK proposes rules for embryos made from 3 people

LONDON (AP) — New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order …

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House searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone capital

House searches for Ebola in Sierra Leone capital

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ebola surveillance teams fanned out Wednesday in Sierra Leone's capital to search for sick people, as the presid…

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Napster co-founder to invest on allergy research

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency roo…

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Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and bru…

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More than one in four Arizonans obese

More than one in four Arizonans obese

More than one in four people in Arizona is obese according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Agriculture officials said Tuesday they've found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there's no immediate pub…

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Congress agrees to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final approval Tuesday to the most sweeping legislation to help the disabled in a quarter century, allowing Am…

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Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge

Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition is being held in jail while facing a gun possession charge his…

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Surge in health law sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law surged last week, driven by a deadline for getting covered by Jan. 1…

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Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola returning to Liberia

Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola returning to Liberia

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola said Tuesday that he's returning to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted …

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Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

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Cases of most common STD fell for first time in 30 years

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in three decades, the nation's most common sexually transmitted disease is a little less common.

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France wants ban on new cannabis-extract "e-joint"

PARIS (AP) — France's health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that's been launched in France.

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