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Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 07:01 PM PDT

Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen

Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen

Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 08:55 AM PDT

Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day

Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 06:34 PM PDT

FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts

FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts

Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 04:31 PM PDT

Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study

Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study

The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday. Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:20 AM PDT

300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust

300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust

About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:01 AM PDT

Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine

Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine

Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:24 PM PDT

Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC

Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC

The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 03:28 PM PDT

Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo

Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo

Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 04:49 PM PDT

3 Babies Born in US With Birth Defects Caused by Zika: CDC

3 Babies Born in US With Birth Defects Caused by Zika: CDC

Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 at 10:47 AM PDT

UN No Longer Deems Coffee Possible Carcinogen

UN No Longer Deems Coffee Possible Carcinogen

The World Health Organization's research arm has downgraded its classification of coffee as a possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a link to cancer. But the International Agency...

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