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FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that proponents say could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal […]


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Polio-like illness a mystery for CA health dept.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small number of children in California have been afflicted with polio-like illnesses that led to paralysis in one or more limbs. The Los Angeles Times reports that state health officials […]


The entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

1 dead in Calif., babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

WASHINGTON (AP) — One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was […]


A high school student, who preferred not to be identified, smokes a cigarette in a de-facto smoking area just off the property of Lewis-Palmer High School, in Monument, Colo., Thursday Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

DENVER (AP) — Two Western states with some of the nation’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21. Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on […]


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Thyroid cancer cases soar; is it overdiagnosed?

CHICAGO (AP) — A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975. The […]


Vials of flu vaccine. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Flu season waning; younger adults hit hardest

ATLANTA (AP) — Flu season seems to be winding down, and it’s been an odd one. It hasn’t been as bad as last year and the vaccine worked a little better. And it has been […]


Graphic shows rate of cesarean births in U.S. and by state.

Guidelines to reduce C-section births urge waiting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Show more patience in the delivery room: That’s the prescription being given to the nation’s obstetricians. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally […]


A jazz pianist playing inside an MRI machine. (AP Photo/Dr. Charles J. Limb, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Jazz study shows link between music and language

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain’s language regions enable that musical back-and-forth […]


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Online MD reviews: cars, movie sites more popular

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That’s according to a survey that found most adults hadn’t checked online physician […]


Joe Herbert, left, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and Barbara Sahakian, right, professor of Clinical Neurophychology at the same university in central London, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Test could predict which teen boys get depression

LONDON (AP) — A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says. Researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in […]


In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, photo, Mary-Jane Harrison plays with her grandson David, in San Antonio. Like nearly 78 million American adults, Harrison is obese, and because of stress fractures in her legs she is unable to able to walk up or down the stairs of her two-story home. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn’t cover it. The financial […]