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George N. Papanicolaou, founder of the uterine cancer cell examination known as the "Pap smear", which has helped save the lives of thousands of women, is shown in his office at Cornell University Medical College in New York City, in 1958. (AP Photo)

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay […]

04/15/2014

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll used in a study. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s […]

04/14/2014

Bert Ducote measures a piece of lumber for his boat, which is being rebuilt at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. Ducote has had dozens of boils pop up on his skin since performing cleanup work during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that […]

04/11/2014

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Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing

LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken isn’t over and has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The Centers for Disease Control […]

04/10/2014

In this undated photo provided by the University of Louisville, from left to right, are Andrew Meas, Dustin Shillcox, Kent Stephenson and Rob Summers, the first four to undergo task-specific training with epidural stimulation at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, Frazier Rehab Institute, as part of the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, in Louisville Ky. (AP Photo/University of Louisville)

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

LONDON (AP) — Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man’s spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they’ve done the same with three other patients, suggesting […]

04/08/2014