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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this supercontagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.
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Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare

The House passed a bill Thursday that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week.
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Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.
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Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

A 17-year-old says she doesn't want to undergo treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, but her doctors and the state say she will die without it. The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing the case.
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Bite Back At Bad Cholesterol: Eat An Avocado A Day

Researchers have long known that avocados have "good" fats. But they didn't know if daily avocado consumption might affect cardiovascular disease risk factors. So they designed a study to find out.
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Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers.
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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Brain imagery can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.
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Why The U.S. Still Bans Blood Donations From Some U.K. Travelers

Rules governing who can donate blood in the United States have recently changed. But anyone who spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 is still prohibited from donating.
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A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

The eradication of smallpox was arguably one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But people had crazy ideas about the vaccine when it was created in 1798. A new exhibit tells the story.
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Compound From Soil Bacteria May Help Fight Dangerous Germs

A natural compound kills germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, researchers say. If it works in humans, it could help combat diseases like tuberculosis.

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