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Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat

Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.
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Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear

An experimental drug rescued three out of seven monkeys from lethal doses of Ebola. The study marks the first time researchers have shown that a drug can successfully treat Ebola in animals even after the infection is well underway.
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Brushing And Flossing Could Cut Risk Of Oral HPV Infection

People with poor oral health are more likely to have an oral infection with human papillomavirus. Even after the researchers factored in risks from smoking and oral sex, poor oral hygiene appeared to be an important factor.
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An Alaska-Sized Price Difference For Circumcisions

When some pediatricians found out how much a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, was billing for circumcisions, they decided to perform the routine procedure in their offices instead.
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Barry Meier: "Pain Killer"

The use of narcotic painkillers has boomed over the past decade, but a book says new research shows that opioids are often ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious health consequences.

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Teen Girls' Yen For Indoor Tans Sparks Battle Over Risks

Dermatologists say it's a lot easier to manage the skin cancer risk to young people from indoor tanning than it is to ban the sun. But the indoor tanning industry says doctors should be more focused on skin cancer in older folks.
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Prince George's County Eyes Spot In Largo Town Center For New Hospital

Leaders in Prince George's County believe they have found the right spot for a new regional hospital in the county.

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Golden Arches: Human Feet More Flexible Than We Thought

By precisely measuring footfalls, scientists discovered that healthy human feet bend and flatten much like the feet of tree-dwelling apes. And the flex in one person's foot can vary a lot from one step to the next.
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Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears

Gov. Rick Scott has built a political career fighting the president's health overhaul — and he's not through yet. He's joining other Republicans in opposition to people called navigators, who are being hired to help enroll the public in health plans.
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Doctors Stop Circumcisions After Finding Out What They Cost

Patients have a difficult time finding how much hospitals charge for procedures. Doctors can have the same problem. Two doctor practices in Anchorage, Alaska, stopped performing circumcisions in a local hospital when they found out what the hospital was charging for the procedure; they decided to take a stand against prices they felt were too high.

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