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CDC: Severe Respiratory Illness Now in 22 States

September 19th, 2014
by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 22 states now have confirmed cases of an unusual respiratory illness in children. An uncommon virus — enterovirus 68 — is causing the illnesses. Centers for...

'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner

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September 19th, 2014
Throughout his life, Yusuke Kirimoto was overweight. He is pictured here in December 2006 with his wife and daughter in their Westminster, Colorado, home. Kirimoto and his daughter Sara cook together in December 2010. His weight at the time...

Questions Remain Over Pot Company’s HIV Program

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September 19th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for licenses in Boston and Greenfield appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and...

CDC Confirms First Case of Enterovirus in Conn.

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September 17th, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (WGGB) -- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that enterovirus (EV-D68) has entered Connecticut. Officials with the Conn. Department of Public Health say that the CDC made the confirmation on...

Doctors Expect Mass. Man Infected with Ebola to Recover

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September 17th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy of UMass Medical School) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Doctors in Nebraska treating a U.S. doctor battling the Ebola virus say they now expect him to make a full recovery. Fifty-one-year-old Rick Sacra contracted Ebola while working at...

ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser Discusses the Latest on Ebola & Enterovirus

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September 17th, 2014
NEW YORK (WGGB) -- Two viruses - Ebola and Enterovirus - continue to make headlines across the country and around the world. ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser joined ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz to discuss the...

Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

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September 17th, 2014
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors...

Gov. Patrick Dismisses Report Pegging ACA Costs at $1B

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September 17th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank,...

CDC Study: Americans’ Bellies are Expanding Fast

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September 16th, 2014
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a...

Generic Drugs Lead to Better Treatment of Cholesterol

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September 16th, 2014
(WGGB) -- High cholesterol affects more than 100 million Americans, making statins one of the most-prescribed drugs in the country. However, when it comes to choosing those drugs, a new study shows that generic drugs lead to more effective...

President Obama Launching Campus Sexual Assault Campaign

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September 15th, 2014
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign with a focus on engaging men in the fight. The campaign called "It's On...

Skin Shocks Used at Mass. School Draw FDA Look

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September 15th, 2014
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) By JENNIFER C. KERR and LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks — so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man...

One dance class changed her life

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September 12th, 2014
At her heaviest, Angela Baldwin was 350 pounds. Baldwin says she was overweight for her entire life. On a whim, Baldwin joined her friend in a dance fitness class in 2013. To her surprise, she discovered she enjoyed the class and began...

Toronto Mayor Hospitalized with Suspected Tumor

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September 11th, 2014
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, file) by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a...

FDA Approves Weight-Loss Drug Contrave

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September 11th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for anti-obesity treatments. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is approved for use by people who have a...