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  • New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation’s ability …


  • FAA: 3 killed in medical helicopter crash in Ill.

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a medical helicopter has crashed in northern Illinois, killing all three people on board. The Federal Aviation Administration reports the helicopter crashed Monday night …


  • Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected new fee. It’s to help cover people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The $63-per-head fee …


  • Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad …


  • Breathers beware: Particulate fouls icy Fairbanks

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stanford University Medical Center doctors gave Alex Lee a parting gift at the end of his heart operations earlier this year: surgeon’s masks. They knew Lee, …


  • USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members …


  • Washington could become pot source for neighbors

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to …


  • Doctor gets 20 years in Miss. cancer center fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sentenced a doctor to 20 years in prison and ordered her to repay nearly $8.2 million for fraud at a former …


  • Drug makers’ settlements get high court review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take a close look at payments from brand-name drug makers to manufacturers of generic equivalents to keep the no-name products off the market …


  • Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands …


  • For Washington state, legal pot _ and now what?

    SEATTLE (AP) — People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle’s sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to “get baked,” …


  • Condemned obese Ohio killer asks board for mercy

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned obese killer should be spared because of lingering doubts about his “legal and moral guilt” and the conduct of defense and prosecution lawyers at …


  • As pot goes proper, a history of weed

    SEATTLE (AP) — The grass is no greener. But, finally, it’s legal — at least somewhere in America. It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana. Washington state and Colorado …


  • Doctor K: Draining relieves pain of black nail

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I hurt my toe and now the nail has turned black. What can I do? DEAR READER: Treatment for a subungual hematoma involves relieving pressure by draining …


  • At 450 pounds, Ohio killer fights execution

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At about 450 pounds, Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post is so fat that his executioners won’t be able to find veins in his arms or …


  • Social Security fast-tracks rare-disease claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by …


  • Father: Sick girl safe and being treated in Mexico

    PHOENIX (AP) — The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a sick girl with leukemia deepened Wednesday after her father said his 11-year-old daughter is being treated in Mexico and authorities …


  • Longer tamoxifen use cuts breast cancer deaths

    Breast cancer patients taking the drug tamoxifen can cut their chances of having the disease come back or kill them if they stay on the pills for 10 years instead …


  • Police seek sick girl taken from Phoenix hospital

    PHOENIX (AP) — Emily has leukemia. She just underwent a month of chemotherapy and had her right arm amputated after suffering complications. Doctors say she is at risk of dying …


  • Harvard recognizes group promoting safe kinky sex

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Kinky sex has been admitted to Harvard. The nation’s oldest university has formally recognized Harvard College Munch, a group promoting discussions and safe practices of kinky …


  • Calif. gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state’s first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations …


  • Scare prompts look at carbon monoxide detectors

    ATLANTA (AP) — It’s odorless, colorless and deadly. And if carbon monoxide is leaking in a school, it might not be detected until people are ill. A leak at an …


  • Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


  • Study: Drug coverage to vary under health law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says basic prescription drug coverage could vary dramatically from state to state under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. That’s because states get to …


  • Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes …


  • Sick girl sought after mom takes her from hospital

    PHOENIX (AP) — Emily has leukemia. She just underwent a month of chemotherapy and had her right arm amputated after suffering complications. Doctors say she is at risk of dying …


  • Tapping citizen-scientists for a novel gut check

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you’re a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin. …


  • Judge temporarily blocks Calif. gay therapy law

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a first-of-its-kind law that bars licensed psychotherapists from working to change the sexual orientations of gay …


  • CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad

    NEW YORK (AP) — Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one. Health officials on …


  • Med tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes has pleaded not guilty to the charges in New …