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  • Canada approves abortion pill known as RU-486

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian authorities have approved the abortion pill known as RU-486 for use across the country. Canada’s health ministry said this week that the drug, also referred to as mifepristone, will be available…

  • Feds release updated strategy against AIDS in America

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have updated their strategic plan for fighting AIDS, setting new goals for reducing infections and deaths. The plan unveiled Thursday updates one issued five years ago. Developments since…

  • Health law’s nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red…

  • Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone said Thursday they had quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, in…

  • Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug name mix-ups

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine. The FDA says it’s not…

  • AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for…

  • Peanut Allergy Prevention: Introduce Infants Early and Often

    Peanut allergies strike fear into the hearts of many parents, my patients included. It’s an understandable concern, as peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the United States, affecting up to…

  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners’ health

    LONDON (AP) — The killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed the health of thousands of Londoners as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city, a lawyer for British police said Thursday.…

  • Bestseller Teaches How to De-Clutter Your Life and Only Keep What Brings You Joy

    (NEW YORK) — Organization expert Marie Kondo has been dubbed Japan’s queen of clean — and she’s the driving force behind a new movement that’s aimed at helping people declutter their homes and lives for…

  • NYC health department investigates Legionnaire’s outbreak

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the South Bronx. The department said Wednesday that 31 cases have been reported in the area…

  • Is Bullying Genetic?

    (NEW YORK) — Conventional wisdom has it that bullies are made, not born, but that might not be the case. A new Canadian study finds bullying behavior could also be genetic, linked to a genetic…

  • Drug firm AstraZeneca reports slide in earnings

    LONDON (AP) — Anglo-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca says second-quarter net income fell 12 percent to $697 million as competition from generic drug companies reduced sales. Revenue declined 6.7 percent to $6.31 billion as stomach-acid treatment…

  • Prescription drug take back initiative set for Sept. 26

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another prescription drug collection effort will be held in September. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and other Senate colleagues had asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch…

  • Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate…

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into…