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To Die Or Not To Die From Spontaneous Combustion

An Irish coroner says a man died from spontaneous combustion — the stuff of obscure legend and pop culture obesession. We ask a forensic pathologist whether spontaneous combustion is even possible.

Silence From Rep. Bachmann As Vaccine Challenge Expires

A bioethicist says Rep. Michele Bachmann was not able to meet his challenge and produce evidence linking the HPV vaccine with mental retardation.

Farmers And Ranchers Reach Out To Talk To Consumers

After years of avoiding sticky topics like antibiotic use in livestock, an industry-initiated dialogue aimed at transparency, nobody things it will resolve all the controversial issues. But it's a start.

Virus As The Cause Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Shot Down, Again

Chronic fatigue syndrome is by all accounts a difficult illness – there's no known cause and consequently no test to detect it. Though a series of recent studies have shown there's no link with the XMRV virus, some advocates insist more research on it is needed.

Cantaloupe Illness And Death Toll May Keep Climbing, CDC Says

Cantaloupe has been implicated in two multi-state outbreaks of food-borne illness this year. Eight people have died in the latest outbreak; illnesses are expected to climb, CDC says, because listeria can live in the gut for up to two months before a person gets sick.