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California counties are thwarting the state's efforts to comply with a federal court order to reduce it's inmate population  by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated including a record number of second-strikers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Study recommends inmate immunity test

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed […]

07/25/2014

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

300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

WASHINGTON (AP) — The same federal scientist who found forgotten vials of smallpox at a federal lab earlier this month also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and […]

07/16/2014

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

Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to […]

07/11/2014

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4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only, skip landline

ATLANTA (AP) — More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows. That’s twice the rate from just five years ago, although the pace of […]

07/08/2014

Pharmacist Jarrett Bauder checks on a prescription for a patient in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

The South prescribes more painkillers, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation’s rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions. A second report released […]

07/01/2014

In this Feb. 7, 2011, file photo, a man smokes a Marlboro cigarette in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

True stories from victims of smoking featured in new campaign

Amanda confesses her smoking caused her baby to be born prematurely. Felicita shows her bare gums — smoking cost her all her teeth at age 50. Rose is ravaged by surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for […]

06/24/2014

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Child obesity rates drop 43% in past decade

We apparently are making an impressive dent in child obesity rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates in children ages 2 to 5 dropped 43 percent in the past decade. […]

02/26/2014

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Flu season starting a little more normally

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to more normal start this year. Reports of the flu have been increasing, particularly in the South. But it’s nothing like […]

12/12/2013

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More signs that US births may have stopped falling

ATLANTA (AP) — There’s more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline. The number of babies born last year only slipped a little, and preliminary government figures released Friday indicate […]

12/06/2013

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US survey: More than 1 in 10 kids has ADHD

ATLANTA (AP) — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been […]

11/22/2013

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

CDC report card: Good, bad marks on target battles

  ATLANTA (AP) — About three years ago, the nation’s top public health agency picked its battles. Now, it’s issuing its own report card on reaching those goals: Pretty good but needs improvement. The seven […]

11/21/2013

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Baby illnesses tied to parents nixing newborn shot

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials are reporting four Tennessee cases of a rare infant illness that have been linked to parents refusing a routine shot for newborns. The four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach […]

11/14/2013

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