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WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome....
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VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems....
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Recipe for higher sales: Add fiber, cinnamon
NEW YORK (AP) -- General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales....
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Study: Psych drug ER trips approach 90,000 a year
CHICAGO (AP) -- Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests....
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Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room
ATLANTA (AP) -- A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box....
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UN: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African nations
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa....
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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday....
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Ga. governor pushes trials of marijuana derivative
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children, an unlikely election-year move for a Republican in a conservative part of the country that is just beginning to warm up to medical marijuana in narrow circumstances....
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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words....
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No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp
CHICAGO (AP) -- First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking - for everyone involved....
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