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  • Winter is prime time for the stomach flu

    WASHINGTON —  The stomach flu is more prevalent in the winter months, and local doctors are reminding people to take precautions and know the warning signs. While outbreaks can occur throughout the year, the Centers…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    ISLAMIC STATE-CHRISTIANS Militants abduct more Christians in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria. Fears are mounting over the fate of the abducted Christians, with…

  • Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights…

  • Bulls say Rose to have surgery on Friday

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are optimistic Derrick Rose will suit up again this season and that surgery Friday on his right knee won’t sideline him the rest of the way. The organization sounded…

  • Chile government rejects 14-year-old’s plea for euthanasia

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s government on Thursday rejected an ailing 14-year-old girl’s plea on social media to let her “sleep forever.” Cystic fibrosis sufferer Valentina Maureira posted a YouTube video shot from what appeared…

  • UnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies

    NEW YORK (AP) — UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies. The company says it will require health care professionals and facilities and providers to notify…

  • Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical…

  • Prosecutor: Mom craved attention, poisoned child with salt

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her…

  • Heat blamed for spray vaccine’s failure against swine flu

    ATLANTA (AP) — The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too…

  • First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts,…

  • Lauren Hill makes it through full season despite tumor

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team held its postseason banquet in a hospital room warmed by Lauren Hill’s smile. The 19-year-old freshman made it through a full season while raising more…

  • 2nd commuter with measles prompts California transit warning

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in Northern California are warning Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters for a second time this month that they may have been exposed to measles on trains. The San Francisco Chronicle…

  • Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. The vaccines target…

  • Record low temps result in record high frostbite cases

    WASHINGTON — The record low temperatures of recent days have resulted in a record high number of severe frostbite cases in the Washington area. At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the increase has been especially dramatic.…

  • Suits filed against scope maker in superbug infection

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two lawsuits target the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Attorney Pete Kaufman filed suit Monday on behalf of…