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Report: NASA needs better handle on health hazards for Mars
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MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA needs to get cracking if it wants to keep its astronauts alive and well on missions to Mars, according to an in-house report issued Thursday. In an extensive audit, NASA's inspector general office looked at the space
UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer
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ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts' warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is
Cambodian on trial for infecting more than 100 with HIV
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SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An unlicensed medical practitioner who infected more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV by reusing unclean needles went on trial Tuesday, facing three charges including murder, his lawyer said. Yem Chhrin faces
Indian capital struggles to control dengue fever outbreak
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KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press RISHABH R. JAIN, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — At dusk, the foggers come out to spray their sticky-sweet clouds of diesel smoke and insecticide across the Indian capital. Mothers scold their children for wearing short sleeves. Posters glued to signposts
UN: 2 new Ebola cases in Guinea show virus still spreadin
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LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says there were two new cases of Ebola in Guinea this week, ending two consecutive weeks in West Africa when no cases of the devastating disease were reported. The two new patients were not previously identified contacts being tracked by health
Study: Calcium, vitamin D pills don't prevent colon growths
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A major study finds that taking calcium or Vitamin D pills does not help prevent growths that can lead to colon cancer in people who have had at least one in the past. It's the latest setback among many for efforts to prevent disease through vitamin supplements. The calcium finding was
Condition of hospitalized Ebola nurse in UK worsens
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LONDON (AP) — London's Royal Free Hospital says the condition of a nurse being treated for complications resulting from Ebola has worsened. The hospital said in a statement Wednesday that Pauline Cafferkey is now critically ill after her condition deteriorated. Cafferkey was treated for
Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test
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Now you see it, now you don't. A new type of heart stent that works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study, doctors said Monday. Abbott Vascular's dissolving Absorb stent performed as well as a conventional stent in the
Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix DNA damage
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Tomas Lindahl was eating his breakfast in England on Wednesday when the call came — ostensibly, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It occurred to him that this might be a hoax, but then the caller started speaking Swedish. It was no joke: Lindahl and two others had
California governor signs right-to-die legislation
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SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — California will become the fifth U.S. state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he had signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. Brown, a lifelong
3 share Nobel medicine prize for new tools to kill parasites
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists from the U.S., Japan and China won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering drugs to fight malaria and other tropical diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people every year. Tu Youyou — the first-ever Chinese medicine laureate — was
Study: Good gut bacteria may affect babies' risk of asthma
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LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Gut checks suggest that not having enough of certain "good" intestinal germs early in life may increase babies' risk of developing asthma, according to a new Canadian study of more than 300 children. Wait: What could gut bacteria have
UN: HIV patients should start treatment immediately
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LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. That guidance fits with what is already recommended in many developed nations, including the United
American doctor cured of Ebola continues his work in Liberia
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — This time last year, Dr. Rick Sacra was given a second chance at life. On Sept. 25, 2014, the 52-year-old Massachusetts physician had just been discharged from an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital after being treated and cured of Ebola. Sacra had contracted the deadly virus
Doctors Without Borders: snakebite treatment running out
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LONDON (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says the world will run out of one of the most effective treatments for snakebites next year, risking the lives of tens of thousands of people, mostly in developing countries. In a statement issued on Monday, the medical charity warned that existing
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