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  • Two-thirds of Indonesian men smoke, tops in world

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian men rank as the world’s top smokers, with two out of three of them lighting up in a country where cigarettes cost pennies and tobacco …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • News Summary: Study aims at kid safety on tractors

    DEADLY HARVEST: Accidents involving farm machinery are the leading cause of death among children who work in agriculture. Tractor accidents alone take two dozen or more young lives each year. …


  • Iowa study aimed at making tractors safer for kids

    CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Researchers who hope to prevent children from dying in tractor accidents are turning to a state-of-the-art driving simulator to help determine when kids can safely operate …


  • 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 …


  • Up to 10,000 Yosemite visitors at risk of virus

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials …


  • APNewsBreak: Sick cows not slaughtered for food

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said Friday that there is no evidence that sick animals entered the …


  • Thousands call Yosemite hotline to ask about virus

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 calls a day are coming into Yosemite National Park as visitors frightened about a growing outbreak of a deadly mouse-borne virus flood phone …


  • Basics about hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Answers to common questions about mice and the hantavirus linked to death of 2 people who visited Yosemite National Park: ___


  • CDC: 103 ill with salmonella tied to mangoes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 16 states and has been associated with salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities …


  • Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors risk disease

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park — a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation’s most majestic settings — …


  • Salmonella at Ind. farm matches outbreak strain

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed …


  • Calif. officials: 73 sickened with salmonella

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened 73 people and has been linked to salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities say they are …


  • Cuba: Cholera outbreak over; 417 cases, 3 dead

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba says a cholera outbreak on the island has run its course with more than 10 days since the last confirmed case of the infectious disease. A …


  • Yosemite officials say 1,700 visitors risk disease

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The rustic tent cabins of Yosemite National Park — a favorite among families looking to rough it in one of the nation’s most majestic settings — …


  • NH hospital workers urged to get tested for hep C

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hospital says it’s notifying about 500 employees and affiliated clinicians the state is recommending they be tested for hepatitis C after an outbreak …


  • Court upholds block on graphic cigarette warnings

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a decision barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages …


  • AP Newsbreak: USDA bought meat from slaughterhouse

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for cruelty and possible health issues sold 21 million pounds of beef to the federal government in 2011 for use …


  • Ohio hatchery investigating salmonella reports

    MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio (AP) — A mail-order hatchery in southwest Ohio says it’s working closely with health officials investigating a new salmonella outbreak being traced back to their chicks. A …


  • Health district funds chopped 8.7 percent

    Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes …


  • Health district weighs cuts

    The Spokane Regional Health District proposed cutting some programs for children with special needs and eliminating its water testing lab as it tries to make do with $2.1 million less …


  • Sacred Heart eliminates bacteria, lifts water restrictions

    Water restrictions were lifted Wednesday afternoon at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after successful efforts to eradicate bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease from the hospital’s water supply. Three patients …


  • Looking back

    The Trail, B.C., smelter 1896: Forerunner of Teck Resources’ current smelter opens to process copper and gold ore from the Rossland Mine in British Columbia.


  • Study tracks reasons behind high rate of illness near Northport

    Gail Leaden was 5 when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. In high school, Leaden’s best friend in the small town of Northport, Wash., was diagnosed with the same illness. …


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