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Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion
LONDON (AP) -- The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually - nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday....
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Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana....
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Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers....
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WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says....
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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards....
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Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much
Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but - and here's something you can be truly thankful for - it probably won't empty your wallet....
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Outrage in Italy after asbestos case is thrown out
ROME (AP) -- Premier Matteo Renzi added his voice to a chorus of outrage across Italy on Thursday after the country's highest court threw out a conviction against a Swiss businessman for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company....
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Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits
CHICAGO (AP) -- Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good....
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CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate
NEW YORK (AP) -- The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday....
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Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons....
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