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by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. The… Read more

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photo MGN-Online WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new antibiotic combination to treat several hard-to-treat infections. The drug from Actavis PLC contains two ingredients, cephalosporin and avibactam, designed to… Read more

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photo MGN-Online By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is… Read more

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photo MGN-Online By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer SEATTLE (AP) — An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa, but only if patients get… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Dire health warnings from health organizations around the world that antibiotics could soon be a thing of the past. For many, the problem is now a stark reality. Bacteria that cause everything from common… Read more

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by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A “superbug” outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument. At least seven… Read more

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photo MGN/Wiki Commons By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine being able to identify who is likely to develop a particular disease — and then stop the disorder before it starts. That’s the goal of three… Read more

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By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama visited a school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Thursday to announce a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity. As she watched cooks… Read more

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By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would not allow personal beliefs to be a sufficient reason to not vaccinate a child. Democratic Rep. June Robinson introduced… Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved a highly anticipated medicine from Pfizer Inc. to treat postmenopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer who have not already taken other drugs. The Food and Drug… Read more

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By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal… Read more

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By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of… Read more

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photo MGN-Online WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems. Under… Read more

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(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) By FENIT NIRAPPIL Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — Individuals who have enrolled in new health care plans through the Massachusetts Health Connector have a few more days to make their first payments to guarantee coverage starting Feb. 1. The payment deadline, originally scheduled… Read more