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Early Exposure to Peanuts Helps Prevent Allergies in Kids

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...

Ebola Drug Shows Some Promise in First Tests in West Africa

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February 23rd, 2015
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...

Resistance: What’s Being Done to Stop This?

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February 19th, 2015
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...

‘Superbug’ Outbreak Raises Questions About Medical Tool

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February 19th, 2015
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...

Johnson & Johnson Projects Aim to Spot Who’ll Get a Disease

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February 12th, 2015
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...

Michelle Obama Announces Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity

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February 5th, 2015
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...

Washington Lawmaker Aims to Limit Vaccine Exemptions

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February 4th, 2015
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...

Pfizer Breast Cancer Drug Gets Early FDA Approval

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February 3rd, 2015
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...

Maternal Pot Use Under Microscope in Colorado

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February 3rd, 2015
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...

Census: 1 in 5 Children On Food Stamps

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January 28th, 2015
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...

FDA Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator Safety

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January 28th, 2015
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...

California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

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January 28th, 2015
(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...

Health Connector Payment Deadline Pushed Back Due to Storm

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January 26th, 2015
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...

US Approves 2nd Vaccine Against Meningitis Strain

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January 23rd, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. government health regulators have approved a second vaccine to prevent a strain of bacteria that can cause deadly cases of meningitis. The Food and Drug Administration said it cleared Novartis' Bexsero vaccine against a...

Thousands Continue to Pick, Pay for Health Care Plans

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January 23rd, 2015
BOSTON (AP) -- More than 82,000 people have picked and paid for insurance plans through the state's Health Connector website since the start of the latest open enrollment period in mid-November. Another 195,000 have been enrolled in...