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Pakistan says new sampling shows progress against polio
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — For the first time in Pakistan's history all the previous month's environmental samples for polio have tested negative — a sign of progress in the campaign to eradicate the virus, an official said Monday. A total of 40 samples were collected from 14 cities in mid-April under
Bone cement company accused of experimenting on humans
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SEATTLE (AP) — Reba Golden hurt her back after falling two floors while building an addition to her house in Honduras. But when she returned to Seattle for a routine spinal surgery, she suffered blood clots, severe bleeding and died in 2007 on the operating table. Joan Bryant's back had
Tricky talks ahead on measures to battle Zika
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate are facing tricky negotiations with each other and the White House over how to handle the public health threat posed by the Zika virus. In the House, a partisan 241-184 vote Wednesday night to pass a $622 million bill to
Panama reports 4 cases of Zika-related microcephaly
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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Health authorities in Panama say they've identified four cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Department's chief epidemiologist says all four cases occurred among mothers of the Guna Yala indigenous group. Dr. Israel Cedeno said
FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has
Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes
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MIAMI (AP) — Genetically modified mosquitoes will be deployed in the Cayman Islands to control the insect species that spreads Zika, dengue and other diseases. British biotech company Oxitec says it plans to start releasing hundreds of thousands of modified mosquitoes per week in June on Grand
'I am here' - Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice
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METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Though he cannot speak, Benjamin Alexander has much to say, one typed word at a time. Ben was diagnosed with nonverbal autism and epilepsy a few months before his third birthday. Now 22, he is a writer and a student at Tulane University in New Orleans with a GPA of 3.7. In
Collaborative institute aims to speed cancer drug creation
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before. The newly created Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy is being funded by a
Ebola crematorium painful reminder of crisis for Liberians
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BOYS TOWN, Liberia (AP) — At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from the cremation of bodies would darken the sky here by early morning. The incinerator rumbled like a mini-earthquake, shaking the ground and neighbors' emotions. "Even the little ones, when they used to see the trucks pass
1st locally acquired Zika case confirmed in Chile
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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean health officials say they've registered the first locally acquired case of the Zika virus, which was sexually transmitted within the country. The Health Ministry said in a statement Saturday that a 46-year-old woman got Zika inside Chile having unprotected sex.
Thousands of dead fish wash up on the banks of India river
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BANGALORE, India (AP) — Thousands of dead fish washed up on the banks of a polluted lake on Monday in India's southern technology hub of Bangalore. A stink pervaded the air in a residential district around Ulsoor Lake in central Bangalore. Sewage has been flowing into the lake, depleting its
American tests positive for Zika virus after Philippine trip
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An American woman who visited the Philippines in January has tested positive for the Zika virus in the United States, the Philippines' top health official said Sunday. Health Secretary Janette Garin said her department was coordinating with the U.S. Centers for
Peanuts for babies? Studies back allergy-preventing strategy
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CHICAGO (AP) — Two new studies bolster evidence that feeding babies peanuts or other allergy-inducing foods is more likely to protect them than to cause problems. One study, a follow-up to landmark research published last year, suggests that the early prevention strategy leads to persistent,
Google donates $1M to help fight Zika virus spread
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Google is donating $1 million to fight the spread of the Zika virus and offering engineers and data scientists help to determine where it will hit next. Zika has become an epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean since last fall. The virus is mainly spread through mosquito bites and has been
Zika outbreak concerns some athletes planning families
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New Zealander middle-distance runner Nick Willis and his wife already have a toddler, and they're looking to add to their family. Concern over the Zika virus is putting those plans on hold. Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meters, hopes to compete this summer at the games in
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