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  • UN: 2 polio cases in Mozambique caused by virus from vaccine

    Global health officials say they have identified two cases of polio in Mozambique caused by a mutated virus in the vaccine, marking another setback for attempts to eradicate the crippling disease. In a report this week, the World Health Organization and partners said they had confirmed two

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  • Pakistan kicks off year's first polio campaign in 2019

    A Pakistani health official says the country has kicked off its first nationwide polio vaccination campaign for the year in efforts to eradicate the crippling disease by the end of 2019. Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The other two are

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  • Pakistan kicks off year’s first polio campaign in 2019

    Health official says Pakistan kicks off first polio vaccination campaign for 2019 in efforts to eradicate disease

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  • Column: Gleason comes along for the Saints' playoff ride

    He's the New Orleans Saints' biggest fan, not to mention the perfect beacon for a city that knows a thing or two about emerging from darkness. As the Big Easy goes for another NFL championship, Steve Gleason is along for the ride. Sure, his body failed him, perhaps because of the game

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  • 15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

    Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael Prysby,

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  • Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

    Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect. When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery. Roughly

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  • Medical tech in Hepatitis C outbreak challenges sentence

    A traveling hospital technician who was sentenced to 39 years in prison for infecting patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes has asked a federal judge to vacate his sentence, saying his lawyer was ineffective in representing him. David Kwiatkowski, 39, was a

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  • Some help, more needed for Florida girl with rare blood type

    A New York woman with a rare blood type is donating two units to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl who is battling cancer. News outlets report the woman had donated her own blood while pregnant in case she needed a transfusion during her delivery. Luckily, she didn't need it, and

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  • Report: Center where comatose woman had baby probed in 2016

    Regulators wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix long-term care facility years before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth, Arizona's largest newspaper reported Sunday. The Arizona Republic reported Hacienda HealthCare faced a 2016 criminal

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  • Possible Ebola patient released from Nebraska hospital

    An American being monitored at a Nebraska medical center for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has been released from the hospital, having shown no signs of the disease. The Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said in a news release that the patient left the

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  • Joe Gibbs' eldest son dies at 49 from neurological disease

    J.D. Gibbs, eldest son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, was remembered as the visionary behind the stellar career of several NASCAR stars following his death from complications a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was 49. Joe Gibbs Racing announced Gibbs'

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  • Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak

    An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died. Thursday's order by Judge Martin Zacchino affects people in Epuyen who have been in contact with people

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  • Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak

    An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine people have died

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  • US flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

    It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu

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  • Coke-funded group swayed China's obesity efforts, papers say

    A group funded by the food industry undermined China's efforts to keep obesity rates in check by overemphasizing the importance of physical activity rather than dietary habits, according to new research. The International Life Sciences Institute, created in 1978 by a former Coke executive,

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  • Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

    Congo's health ministry says a baby has been born to a mother who recovered from the Ebola virus — a bright spot in an outbreak that is the second-deadliest in history. The health ministry tweeted a photo of "baby Sylvana" in her smiling mother's arms. The ministry says the baby

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  • Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

    Congo says healthy baby born to mother who recovered from Ebola, rare bright spot in outbreak

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  • Scientists seek ways to finally take a real measure of pain

    Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia. "It's really

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  • US officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

    U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California. From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized. Illnesses were also reported in Canada.

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  • NFL drops appeal over dementia claims in concussion case

    The NFL abruptly dropped its plan Wednesday to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players' lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement. A federal court hearing set for Thursday on the NFL's appeal was canceled

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  • DNA sought of males at center where comatose woman had baby

    Police have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who was in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for severely disabled or

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  • Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

    Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease. Dr. Naima Abid says authorities told

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  • Hampton coach cherishing time after suffering stroke in June

    David Six knows he is fortunate to be alive. Hampton's coach has cherished being able to lead the Lady Pirates after suffering a stroke on June 27. "It was a near-death experience," Six said before Hampton faced Columbia in New York last week. "You don't see things the same." The

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  • UK military to remove roof from Skripals' house

    British military specialists plan to remove the roof of the house where a former Russian spy and his daughter were exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok. The Wiltshire Council has written to neighbors of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury warning them of extensive

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