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Region Braces for Bad Spring Allergy Season

March 26th, 2015
REGION (WGGB) -- Spring is right around the corner and with spring flowers comes allergy season. Many people already feeling the congestion especially with the large amount of moisture in the air. Spring may not have been early this year, but...

Report: Diversity of New England Plant Life is Threatened

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March 25th, 2015
(photo courtesy Sam Thompson) By BOB SALSBERG Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing...

House Dems say New Abortion Language Helps Medicare Doc Deal

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March 23rd, 2015
By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats say language has been added to their Medicare deal with GOP leaders clarifying that the agreement's abortion restrictions on community health centers are temporary and won't be...

2 More Aid Workers Flown Back to US for Ebola Monitoring

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March 18th, 2015
photo MGN-Online By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say two more American aid workers arrived in the United States on Wednesday night to be monitored for Ebola. The two bring to 17 the number of Americans...

Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes of Mac and Cheese

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March 17th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) NEW YORK (AP) -- Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The boxes have "best when used by"...

FDA: 3 People Die from Foodborne Illness Linked to Ice Cream

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March 13th, 2015
photo MGN/KXLN 45 Univision By TERRY WALLACE and NICHOLAS CLAYTON Associated Press DALLAS (AP) -- The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon's first...

More Children at Risk of Measles in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

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March 12th, 2015
photo MGN-Online By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ebola's toll moved beyond 10,000 deaths Thursday even as researchers warned of yet another threat to hard-hit West Africa: On the heels of the unprecedented...

FDA Keeps Boxed Warning About Suicide on Chantix

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March 9th, 2015
photo chantix.com WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting...

FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

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March 5th, 2015
By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying...

Device at Center of “Superbug” Outbreak Not Approved by FDA

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March 5th, 2015
(Courtesy: CDC) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug...

Second Los Angeles Hospital Reports ‘Superbug’ Infections

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March 4th, 2015
(Courtesy: CDC) By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a...

Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

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March 3rd, 2015
By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Public health officials in the U.S. are exasperated by their inability to persuade more parents to vaccinate their children, saying they're dealing with a small minority who are misinformed -- or...

US Panel: Use New Meningitis Vaccines Only for Outbreaks

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February 26th, 2015
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...

FDA Approves New Antibiotic Combo from Actavis

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February 25th, 2015
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...

Early Exposure to Peanuts Helps Prevent Allergies in Kids

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February 23rd, 2015
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...