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  • For US Hispanics, cancer top killer, not heart

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cancer is now the leading killer of Hispanics in the U.S. — the latest sign it’s beginning to displace heart disease as the nation’s top cause …


  • FDA detains imports of Mexican mangoes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company’s mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The …


  • Jewel pens new song, ‘Flower’ for cancer survivors

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jewel has penned numerous lyrics empowering women after heartbreak and loss, and now she hopes to do the same for breast cancer survivors. Jewel’s latest …


  • Khmer Rouge defendant Ieng Thirith ruled unfit for Cambodian genocide trial due to dementia

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Khmer Rouge defendant Ieng Thirith ruled unfit for Cambodian genocide trial due to dementia.


  • Teen boy, Pa. Hershey school settle AIDS bias case

    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a private boarding school that refused to enroll …


  • Docs: NYC ban on big, sugary drinks could help

    NEW YORK (AP) — The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City on Thursday, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented …


  • Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that …


  • CDC: Nation on track for deadliest West Nile year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say they’re convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America’s shores in …


  • Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Ore., officials approve plan to add fluoride to city water to fight tooth decay.


  • Ind. farm linked to salmonella pulls watermelons

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with …


  • Human stem cells restore hearing in gerbil study

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, scientists have improved hearing in deaf animals by using human embryonic stem cells, an encouraging step for someday treating people with certain …


  • CDC reports incidents of tainted ricotta cheese

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death. The imported Italian ricotta salata cheese distributed …


  • ‘Berlin Man,’ doctor convinced HIV cure is real

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first person reportedly cured of HIV said Wednesday he is hopeful that medical advances will allow others suffering from the virus that causes AIDS to …


  • Methanol kills 19, injures 24 in central Europe

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — ) — At least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas …


  • McDonald’s new menu item: Calorie counts

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain’s burgers and fries. The world’s biggest hamburger …


  • Officials: 8 infants exposed to TB at CA hospital

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight infants were exposed to tuberculosis at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Sacramento hospital, but health officials said Tuesday it’s unlikely the babies will …


  • Ga. woman who had flesh-eating illness tells story

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia woman who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease told Katie Couric on Tuesday that she doesn’t take life for granted anymore. Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old …


  • Ga. woman battling flesh-eating disease talks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia woman who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease told Katie Couric she doesn’t take life for granted anymore. Twenty-four-year-old University of West Georgia graduate student …


  • News Summary: Alzheimer drug may slow brain plaque

    MORE DISAPPOINTMENT: Two major studies of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug show it doesn’t stop mental decline, the latest setback in finding a treatment for the mind-robbing disease. HOPEFUL SIGN: There …


  • 7 poisoned in Czech Republic by bootleg liquor

    PRAGUE (AP) — At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven in the …


  • Studies: Alzheimer drug may stabilize brain plaque

    An experimental drug that failed to stop mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients also signaled potential benefit that suggests it might help if given earlier, fuller results of two major studies …


  • In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche. When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet …


  • Baseball coach gets help with cancer fight

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a minor league baseball coach, Brian Rose has always been a competitor and tries to imbue his players with the same fire. Now, the bench …


  • Early test suggests dengue vaccine possible

    LONDON (AP) — Results from an early test of a dengue vaccine suggest it isn’t ideal, but scientists say the study is still encouraging news in the global fight against …


  • 9/11 WTC health program adds 50 types of cancer

    NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government has added about 50 types of cancer to the list of Sept. 11 World Trade Center-related illnesses that will be covered by a …


  • Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

    CHICAGO (AP) — Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis …


  • NH attorney says med tech spread hepatitis in 2008

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire attorney says a client contracted hepatitis C from a traveling hospital worker two years earlier than has been previously alleged he began spreading …


  • AP Exclusive: Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated …


  • APNewsBreak: FDA warns Iowa egg firm over bacteria

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A company that promised to clean up Iowa’s egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection …


  • Ebola outbreak spreads in eastern Congo, kills 15

    GOMA, Congo (AP) — Local authorities in eastern Congo say that the population lack of information on Ebola and the traditional practice of washing corpses before funerals are helping the …


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