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  • UN: Haiti sees wee rise in cholera after TS Isaac

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti says it has seen a “slight rise” in the number of cholera cases following the recent passage of Tropical …


  • Ebola virus spreads in eastern Congo

    GOMA, Congo (AP) — Officials in eastern Congo say the Ebola epidemic has spread to a second center after a woman was contaminated during the funeral of a victim of …


  • Hanks, Roberts among stars on ‘Stand up to Cancer’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cancer is big, but so are the celebrities determined to help conquer it. Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Vergara and …


  • Hanks, Roberts among stars on ‘Stand up to Cancer’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cancer is big, but so are the celebrities determined to help conquer it. Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Vergara and …


  • Campbell comes home to Arkansas on goodbye tour

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Glen Campbell came home this week. Hundreds of fans hollered and sprang to their feet to welcome the Country Music Hall of Fame member and …


  • Zimbabwe AIDS activist sues prisons over drugs

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An AIDS awareness campaigner is pressing Zimbabwe’s highest court to force police and prison authorities ensure HIV sufferers receive life prolonging medication. Douglas Muzanenhamo said in …


  • Arlen Specter released, has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who has already survived two bouts of Hodgkin’s disease, is now battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his son’s law firm. A statement released …


  • J&J again seeks more approvals for clot blocker

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Friday that it has given the Food and Drug Administration additional data to on its new anticlotting drug, in a second attempt …


  • Taylor Swift to debut song for cancer victim

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift will pay tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon. “Ronan” is dedicated to a …


  • Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women

    LONDON (AP) — Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, …


  • 3rd hantavirus death linked to Yosemite outbreak

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has …


  • W.Va. health officials report hantavirus death

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department director Dr. …


  • Mike Birbiglia’s 5 favorite NYC romantic comedies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Birbiglia, a stand-up comic with a sleep disorder, stars in, co-writes and makes his directing debut with “Sleepwalk With Me,” which is about … a …


  • More proof that ginkgo doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s

    LONDON (AP) — Taking the popular dietary supplement ginkgo biloba didn’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe. Research in animals had suggested …


  • Worst year ever for West Nile in Texas; 43 dead

    DALLAS (AP) — Health officials say it’s the worst year ever for West Nile in Texas, which has seen about half the country’s deaths from the virus this year. The …


  • News Summary: Consumer group sues FDA over drug

    SAFETY QUESTION: Public Citizen says it’s filed a federal lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market …


  • Study: Brain disease deaths high in NFL veterans

    NEW YORK (AP) — A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head …


  • 7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn’t until she had …


  • New DNA encyclopedia shows complex inner workings

    NEW YORK (AP) — A colossal international effort has yielded the first comprehensive look at how our DNA works, an encyclopedia of information that will rewrite the textbooks and offer …


  • French judges to exhume Arafat body in West Bank

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The widow of Yasser Arafat said Wednesday that French investigators will soon visit the West Bank to dig up the remains of her husband in …


  • Author Judy Blume diagnosed with breast cancer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Children’s author Judy Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is “feeling stronger every day” after surgery. The 74-year-old Blume wrote …


  • Worst year ever for West Nile in Texas; 40 dead

    DALLAS (AP) — Health officials say it’s the worst year ever for West Nile in Texas, which has seen nearly half the country’s deaths from the virus this year. Texas …


  • Ann Romney says MS taught family about losing hope

    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Ann Romney fired back Wednesday at critics who have accused husband Mitt Romney of being out of touch with average Americans, saying her own bout with …


  • Plague, hantavirus, West Nile: How to avoid them

    The “bugs” of late summer are biting. The nation is having its worst West Nile virus season in a decade, and up to 10,000 people who stayed in California cabins …


  • Consumer group sues FDA over Aricept safety

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A consumer group pressing the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market is suing the agency for …


  • Hanks, Timberlake among ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ stars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More A-listers have signed on to support the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Organizers say Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, and Olympic …


  • Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch hospitalized for anemia

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (KAHCH) has been hospitalized for treatment of anemia. George Arzt, a spokesman for the Democratic ex-mayor, says Koch was …


  • WHO: 30 suspected cases of Ebola in Congo

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization has registered 30 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo in an outbreak that comes on the heels of one …


  • News Summary: Pfizer gets OK for leukemia drug

    WASHINGTON (AP) — FDA APPROVAL: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new drug from Pfizer for treating a rare form of blood and bone-marrow cancer. BAD BLOOD …


  • FDA approves Pfizer drug for rare blood cancer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new Pfizer drug to treat a rare form of blood and bone marrow cancer that causes a buildup …


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