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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.
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Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

Results trump courtesies when a person's health is on the line, some people said. No, others responded, saying that proper treatment also requires a human touch.
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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.
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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.
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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.
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Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working Adults

Drinking too much alcohol is a big factor in deaths of adults under age 65, CDC researchers say, from obvious risks like vehicle accidents to more subtle effects like higher rates of breast cancer.
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Ebola's Surge Requires 'Drastic Action' To Stop

Cases of Ebola continue to mount in West Africa in the largest outbreak of the disease ever recorded. Public health officials are concerned the viral disease could spread farther.
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FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Reactions With Acne Products

Many people use products using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat acne. The Food and Drug Administration says rare but dangerous allergic reactions have landed people in the hospital.
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Virginia's Battle Over Medicaid May Head To Court

Virginia Republicans are preparing themselves for a potential court fight to stop Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe from expanding health insurance to 400,000 Virginians.
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Maryland Reports First Two Heat-Related Deaths

Dr. Clifford Mitchell with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says the two victims had underlying medical conditions and were over 65, putting them at a higher risk of heat-related death.

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