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  • San Diego declares end to Hepatitis A emergency

    San Diego's public health emergency for Hepatitis A has ended, officials declared Tuesday, after no new cases of the liver-damaging virus were reported in the past month and no deaths since October. Officials vowed to continue efforts to keep the illness under control. On Sept. 1,...

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  • Diamond says he has Parkinson's, retires from touring

    Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered...

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  • Cuban boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound face tumor

    A Cuban teenager has died, days after doctors in Miami removed a 10-pound tumor from his face. The Miami Herald reports that 14-year-old Emanuel Zayas' condition went downhill after the surgery at the Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He died Friday from lung and...

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  • Measles, malnutrition kill nearly 100 in Indonesia's Papua

    A measles outbreak and a spike in cases of malnutrition in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province have killed at least 95 people, mostly indigenous children, highlighting severely inadequate health care in the impoverished region. An army chief in the provincial capital of Jayapura, Boni...

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  • US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

    The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more...

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  • Former Bolivia soccer boss travels to Brazil to treat cancer

    Carlos Chavez, the former head of Bolivia's Football Federation, has been granted permission to temporarily leave prison and travel to Brazil to seek treatment against cancer, officials said Friday. Chavez was jailed in 2015 at Bolivia's notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of...

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  • Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

    Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The...

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  • Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

    Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try...

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  • Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles

    The Arkansas Department of Health says about 150 people were exposed to measles after an ill traveler flew from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Little Rock. Officials say those exposed to measles include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 on Jan. 10, as well as people in...

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  • Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

    Zambia has struggled to contain one of its deadliest cholera outbreaks in years, sending soldiers into a slum last week to keep order, collaborating with the World Health Organization on a vaccination program and even declaring a week of prayer.

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  • Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

    Zambia says it has made progress in containing a cholera outbreak that has killed about 70 people in the southern African nation since October. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya this week said there had been a "drastic reduction" in the number of new cases in the outbreak, which has mostly...

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  • Gunmen kill mother, daughter polio workers in Pakistan

    Pakistani officials say gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an anti-polio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta.

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  • Gunmen kill mother, daughter polio workers in Pakistan

    Pakistani officials say gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were taking part in an anti-polio campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta. Local police official Naseeb Ullah says Thursday's attack took place when hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating children to...

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  • Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

    The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard...

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  • Aetna to pay $17M over mailing that revealed HIV meds

    Health insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that it breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications. Attorneys for the plaintiffs announced the settlement Wednesday in Philadelphia. Court documents say the Hartford, Connecticut-based...

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  • Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

    The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard...

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  • Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

    President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president's mental fitness for office. Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who administered Trump's...

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  • Prominent AIDS crusader Mathilde Krim dies at age 91

    Mathilde Krim, a prominent AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease, has died. She was 91. Krim was founding chairman of The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR. The nonprofit says she died at her home in King's Point, New York, on...

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  • Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

    A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country’s eastern Punjab province.

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  • Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

    A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country's eastern Punjab province. Imran Nazir says the week-long campaign was launched on Monday amid tight security. He says thousands of workers are taking part in the drive by going house-to-house...

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  • Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

    The head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30. In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, the president of Lactalis, Emmanuel Besnier, said that more than 12...

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  • US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

    U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancers caused by?an inherited flawed gene. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC's Lynparza (lihn-PAHR'zah) for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone...

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  • Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

    Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking. U.S. health officials on Friday said plenty of people are getting sick, and the flu has hit epidemic levels — just as it does most winters. But an update from the Centers for...

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  • France tries to stem damage from failed baby milk recall

    French President Emmanuel Macron's government is scrambling to save face after the alarming failure of a mass recall of baby milk prompted by a salmonella scare. The baby products were still available in hospitals, day cares, pharmacies, and leading supermarkets well after last month's...

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