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China: Bird flu death not from human-human spread
    6 years 8 months ago
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BEIJING (AP) — The strain of H5H1 bird flu that killed a Chinese man cannot spread among people, a health agency said Monday, appealing for calm after the country's first reported case of the disease in humans in 18 months. Genetic analysis indicated the virus spread directly from poultry to
Dutch no-smoking drive takes a hit
    6 years 8 months ago
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — It's getting surprisingly easy to light up in the Netherlands these days — cigarettes, that is. Even as the Dutch government hardens its famous tolerance policy on marijuana, it is taking an increasingly relaxed stance toward tobacco, bucking the trend in nearly every other
Palm-sized baby, 2nd smallest in US, is growing
    6 years 8 months ago
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor's hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces, she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world. Most infants her size don't survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home by New
Commonwealth leaders raise polio vaccine spending
    6 years 10 months ago
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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Commonwealth government leaders meeting in Australia agreed Saturday to step up efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, despite the Afghanistan war setting back vaccination efforts there and in neighboring Pakistan. Leaders of Britain, Canada, Australia and Nigeria, as
AP IMPACT: Hospital drug shortages deadly, costly
    6 years 11 months ago
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TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications in the U.S. A growing crisis in the availability of drugs for chemotherapy,
Brain scans let computer reconstruct movie scenes
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NEW YORK (AP) — It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed. Scientists reported that result Thursday and speculated such an approach might be able
Venezuela's Chavez: Chemotherapy has concluded
    6 years 11 months ago
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he has completed chemotherapy. Chavez is optimistic the treatment in Cuba was successful and plans to continue steering Venezuela toward socialism. Chavez says he finished his fourth and final round of chemotherapy on Wednesday
Indian leader Sonia Gandhi at work after surgery
    6 years 11 months ago
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has resumed work six weeks after undergoing surgery abroad for an undisclosed ailment. Digvijay Singh, a top party leader, says Gandhi looks "healthy and cheerful" and participated in discussions at a party meeting on
Australia's Ioane to have surgery on broken thumb
    6 years 11 months ago
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Powerful winger Digby Ioane is expected to play again at the World Cup despite a medical scan revealing he needs surgery after breaking his thumb in Australia's opening victory against Italy. Ioane's right hand was accidentally kicked by Italy winger Mirco
New devices like motorcycle ambulances help poor
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LONDON (AP) — A bit of creativity never hurts, especially when it comes to solving health problems in developing countries. Instead of the usual donated medicines and health equipment, some experts are inventing new products for the poor, like a solar-powered hearing aid or a motorcycle
Hand, foot, mouth disease kills 70 in Vietnam
    6 years 3 weeks ago
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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has killed 70 people so far this year in Vietnam and infected more than 23,000, mostly children under 5, state-controlled media reported Thursday. Most of the cases have been reported in the country's south, and
US: Chickenpox deaths plummeted since vaccine
    6 years 4 weeks ago
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ATLANTA (AP) — Chickenpox vaccine has dramatically cut deaths from the disease, especially in children, says a new U.S. government study proclaiming an important public health victory. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that chickenpox deaths fell from an
US approves flu vaccine for coming season
    6 years 1 months ago
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has approved the new flu vaccine for the season beginning this year. Each year the FDA works with other federal agencies and global health experts to design a vaccine to protect against the three viral strains most likely
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