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Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

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U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him. More>>

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Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

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Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350... More>>

Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. More>>

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit

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Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced... More>>

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

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An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises... More>>

UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

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Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday. More>>

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. More>>

UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

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The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries. More>>

Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

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An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE

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The national airline of the United Arab Emirates said Monday it has disinfected one of its planes after health authorities there announced that a Nigerian woman who died after flying in to the capital, Abu Dhabi, may have... More>>

US won't reveal records on health website security

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After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the... More>>

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

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Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only... More>>

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

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Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found. More>>

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

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Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital. More>>

Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing Video included

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For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives. More>>

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

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A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation. More>>

Growing unrest sets back Liberia's Ebola fight

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Authorities in Liberia urgently searched on Monday for 17 people who fled an Ebola medical center over the weekend when it was attacked by looters who stole blood-stained sheets and mattresses and took them into an... More>>

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

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Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. More>>

Liberia: Ebola fears rise as clinic is looted

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Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital's largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses. More>>

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK... More>>

Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

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Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra... More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. More>>

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

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Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town. More>>

Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

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The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still... More>>

Ebola survivor shunned by boyfriend, even school

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The medical school professors no longer want Kadiatou Fanta in the classroom. Her boyfriend has broken up with her. Each day the 26-year-old eats alone and sleeps alone. Even her own family members are afraid to touch her... More>>

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug Video included

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An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next? More>>

Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

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The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party,... More>>

WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

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There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared... More>>

Liberian ex-soccer star Weah records Ebola song

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Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa. More>>

Nigeria confirms 1 more Ebola case

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Nigeria has one more confirmed Ebola case, a nurse who was treating the Liberian-American who flew into the country with the disease and died of it last month, the health minister announced Monday. More>>

Doctors: Ebola drug poses 'impossible dilemma'

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Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. More>>

Panel urges 2nd pneumonia shot for older adults

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A federal panel says older Americans should start getting a new vaccine against bacteria that cause pneumonia. More>>

US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health... More>>

UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak Video included

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The World Health Organization declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could... More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The... More>>

UN: Ebola outbreak a public health emergency Video included

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The World Health Organization urged nations worldwide to donate money and resources to stop the spread of Ebola as it declared the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency. More>>

HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts

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The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy? More>>

Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

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Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak. More>>

US doctor, aid worker appear to be improving

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An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in Liberia indicated Friday he's getting stronger every day, and the husband of a second aid worker with the deadly virus said his wife also seems to be improving. More>>

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in... More>>

Liberians demand that govt picks up Ebola bodies

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Riot police raced to quell a demonstration blocking Liberia's busiest highway Saturday as an angry crowd protested the government's delays in collecting the bodies of Ebola victims. More>>

CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented Video included

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The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. More>>

Soaked for charity: Ice bucket challenges get cool

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The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. More>>

VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore trust in... More>>

FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug Video included

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U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus. More>>

Boost for vets' health: Obama signs new law

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Tens of thousands of military veterans who have been enduring long waits for medical care should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately under a law signed Thursday by President Barack Obama. More>>

Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola

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Nigeria's president has declared the containment of the Ebola virus in Africa's most populous nation a national emergency, his office said in a statement Friday, after the health ministry announced two more... More>>

Correction: Wetlands-Water Reuse story

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In a story Aug. 3 about a man-made wetland system, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of water the system contributes to a local reservoir. It adds 65 million gallons per day, not 65,000 gallons. More>>

FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

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Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first. More>>

Ohio water crisis: Threat isn't going away soon

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The threat of toxins contaminating water supplies along western Lake Erie is far from over even after Ohio's fourth-largest city declared its water safe again. More>>

Spain priest with Ebola stable in Madrid hospital Video included

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A Spanish missionary priest who tested positive for the Ebola virus was in stable condition at a Madrid hospital on Thursday after being evacuated from Liberia, health officials said. More>>

Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can... More>>

Questions and answers about Lake Erie toxic algae

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By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo, Ohio, and nearby southeastern Michigan were unable to use tap water from Saturday until Monday morning because of unsafe... More>>

Poll: Obama health law is a tale of 2 Americas

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President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas. More>>

Glance: percentage of uninsured in 2013, 2014

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A look at the percentage of people without health insurance in each state in 2013 and midyear 2014: More>>

Britain pledges new funding to contain Ebola

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Britain has announced 3 million pounds (US$5 million) in new funding to help contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa. More>>

Saudi being tested for Ebola dies in hospital

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A Saudi national, who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for the Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry. More>>

US gov't had role in Ebola drug given aid workers Video included

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified... More>>

Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola Video included

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Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa's most populous nation, where officials were... More>>

FDA agent: Peanut plant 'not fit' to produce food

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A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a peanut... More>>

Study: Wide hospital quality gap on maternity care

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Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health - a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be. More>>

How does Ebola virus spread and can it be stopped? Video included

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As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the disease... More>>

BA suspends flights to Liberia amid Ebola outbreak Video included

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British Airways says it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August because of the worsening outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

'Gluten-free' labeling standards kick in

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Starting Tuesday, "gluten free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" was unregulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. More>>

Texas abortion clinics ask judge to stop new law

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Nearly three-quarters of Texas' abortion facilities would be forced to close by the end of this month if one of the nation's toughest new anti-abortion laws is allowed to take effect, attorneys for clinics... More>>

Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern

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The year's first case of animal anthrax in South Dakota has been confirmed in a bison herd in the northern part of the state, which is home to the most domesticated bison on ranches in the country. But experts say... More>>

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