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Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work, try exercise
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LONDON (AP) — Acetaminophen isn't any better at relieving back pain than a fake pill, despite almost universal recommendations to take the drug, according to the first big trial to test it. Acetaminophen, sold as Tylenol and Paracetamol, among other names, is recommended in numerous guidelines
Number of people with HIV unchanged since 2012
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LONDON (AP) — The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday. Officials declared
300 vials labeled flu, dengue found at US lab
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The same U.S. government scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. The new revelations raise serious concerns about the government's
Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker
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WASHINGTON (AP) — No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is one step toward developing an
Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds
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CHICAGO (AP) — A study says using spoons as measurements for medicine can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. The results, published online Monday in Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters be used for liquid medicines — not
FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts also said Friday that
WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency has recorded 827 cases
AIDS research team in US loses $1.38M grant
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research
Scientists withdraw report on simpler stem cells
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim Wednesday, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they'd
Marrow transplants can reverse adult sickle cell
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CHICAGO (AP) — Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, a small study by government scientists found, echoing results seen with a similar technique used in children. The researchers and others say the findings show age need not be a barrier and that the
Egypt's army says 'virus cure' needs more tests
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military said Saturday that a device it claimed it invented to cure AIDS and hepatitis C needs six more months of testing. The army had earlier promised to reveal the technology to the public this coming Monday after making what experts dismissed as an outlandish claim
Designer T cells fight viruses after transplants
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward, until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period — injections of cells specially designed to
Mammograms may cut breast cancer deaths by 28%
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LONDON (AP) — In the latest major study to consider whether the dangers of mammograms outweigh the benefits, experts say the tests can reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by nearly 30 percent and that national screening programs should continue. The debate over the value of
Progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics
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Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as
Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer
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LONDON (AP) — Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Doctors have long warned that a diet loaded with red meat is linked to cancers including those of the colon and pancreas, but
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