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Legionnaires' outbreaks not unusual in summer & early fall
CHICAGO (AP) -- Legionnaires' disease has been reported in a handful of states this summer, leading to 19 deaths and more than 100 illnesses. The unrelated cases are part of a typical pattern seen with a disease that tends to appear in warm weather and is mostly dangerous for people who already are sick or weakened....
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Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018....
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Young at heart? Not most Americans, government report says
NEW YORK (AP) -- Your heart might be older than you are. A new government report suggests age is just a number - and perhaps not a very telling one when it comes to your risk of heart attack or stroke....
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Obese at 50? Midlife weight may affect when Alzheimer's hits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when....
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FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk....
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A racial gap in kidney transplants closes but work remains
CHICAGO (AP) -- A racial gap in kidney transplants appears to have closed, a 13-year study found....
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Experts to investigate new Ebola case in north Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Monday....
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California doctor faces murder trial in 3 drug deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even after several patients died of overdoses, a California doctor charged in their deaths kept passing out prescriptions for powerful painkillers in appointments that lasted as little as three minutes, often without physical exams and despite red flags that she could be feeding addictions, a prosecutor told jurors Monday....
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Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option
LONDON (AP) -- A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new technology. ...
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Judge sides with anti-abortion group in birth control case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group in its challenge of a key birth control provision of the Obama administration's health care overhaul....
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