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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.
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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.
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Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.
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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.
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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."
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Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines

The Cleveland Clinic has seen its Medicare penalties go down, while those paid by hospitals that serve many of Cleveland's poorer residents have gone up.
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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

When Blue Shield of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.
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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.
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Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?
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Maryland's E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Could Expand Under Senator's Bill

The state banned e-cigarette sales to minors three years ago, but the law left some unfinished business, one Democrat says.

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