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Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:17:00 GMT

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AIDS Revelation Doesn't Take Away Stigma, Activists Say

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:17:00 GMT

A new report settles the debate over when AIDS came to the U.S. But survivors of the early days of the epidemic say they still must fight stigma.AIDS activist Peter Staley is arrested after demonstrating for better access to HIV drugs outside Astra Pharmaceuticals, Westborough, Massachusetts in 1989.AIDS activist Peter Staley in 2014. Staley, infected at the beginning of the HIV epidemic in New York in the mid 1980s, quit his job as a Wall Street bond broker and has been a prominent advocate for testing and treatment ever since.

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HHS Head: Premiums Will Increase, But So Will Subsidies

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:58:00 GMT

HHS' Sylvia Burwell said Wednesday that an increase in costs is a result of insurers initially underpricing, and not a sign of a broken system.Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

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HIV Epidemic Started in New York in 1970, Study Shows

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:22:00 GMT

The HIV virus first landed in New York in the 1970s and spread to the world from there, a new genetic study shows. And it clears "Patient 0".The human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS.A laboratory technician examines blood samples for HIV

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More Evidence 'Peanut Patch' Can Help Kids with Allergies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:10:00 GMT

There's more evidence that a wearable patch may help kids with peanut allergies, researchers said Wednesday.Peanuts are offered for sale at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 27, 2008. According to a survey released on June 26, nearly a quarter of Americans are cutting back their spending on food and healthcare thanks to rising fuel prices. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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How $9 Billion Blood-Testing Startup Theranos Blew Up

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:45:00 GMT

It's one thing to 'break all the rules' and reinvent artisanal laundry delivery. It's another when you're handling people's blood.Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, attends a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York, September 29, 2015.Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, at a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in 2015.Nanotainer(TM) tubes.Theranos manufacturing facility in Newark, California.A page from the FDA inspection report of Theranos.The Theranos miniLab.Theranos manufacturing facility in Newark, California.An exploded view of the miniLab.

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Parent-Led Treatment Helps Kids With Autism

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:03:00 GMT

A simple treatment that helps parents interact better with very young children with autism pays off years later, British researchers reported Tuesday.A girl plays on May 28, 2013 with soap bubbles during the Share Drive of Life charity event organized by the Kiev Chapter Ukraine motorcycling club for children with autism in a park in Kiev.

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FDA Steps Up Warnings for Testosterone

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:19:56 GMT

Testosterone and other steroids can not only cause heart attacks, but people can easily abuse them, the FDA says.Vials of testosterone medication

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What Does A Rise in Obamacare Premiums Mean?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:40:00 GMT

Delighted Republicans celebrated news that Obamacare premiums are going up by more than 20 percent on average. But the price hikes affect only a few.Ariel Fernandez sits with Noel Nogues, an insurance advisor with UniVista Insurance company, as he signs up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare on Feb. 5, in Miami.Arminda Murillo, 54, reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California

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Parents of Fallen Athletes Push to End Cardiac Deaths

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:56:00 GMT

Their goal is a defibrillator on every athletic field.A combination photo of Jenny Snyder, Josh Thibodeau and Louis Acompora.Josh Thibodeau, 12, died of sudden cardiac arrest on the soccer field.Jenny Snyder, 17, had an undiagnosed heart defect.Louis Acompora was 14 when his heart was stopped by a lacrosse ball.

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Guns on Campuses Won't Make Them Safer: Study

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:32:00 GMT

A new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins University argues that the data behind the campus-carry movement is flawed.Gun activists march close to The University of Texas campus on Dec. 12, 2015 in Austin, Texas.Protesters gather at University of Texas campus to oppose a state law that expands the rights of concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on public college campuses on Oct. 1, 2015.Students holds signs as they protest a campus carry law in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 24, 2016.Gun activists march close to The University of Texas campus on Dec. 12, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

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Pregnant Miami Mom Had Zika. Now She Waits

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:20:00 GMT

Zika rarely makes adults seriously ill, but it can get into the brains and bodies of developing fetuses and cause catastrophic damage.Yessica Flores, center, who became infected with the Zika virus early in her pregnancy this summer, speaks during a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, as Dr. Christine Curry and her husband Selvin Yac listen, Oct. 24, in Miami. Curry is the Co-Director of the University of Miami's Zika Response Team, which is treating Flores.An ultrasound image of Yessica Lopez pregnancy.Yessica Flores, who became infected with the Zika virus early in her pregnancy this summer, is being treated by the University of Miami's Zika Response Team. So far, Flores' daughter seems to be developing normally. An ultrasound image of Yessica Lopez pregnancy.

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Nurse Who Caught Ebola Settles With Hospital

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:59:00 GMT

Nina Pham, one of two nurses who caught Ebola while treating a patient at a Dallas hospital, has settled her lawsuit against the hospital.Patient Nina Pham is escorted out by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and others, outside of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

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Babies Should Sleep in Parents' Room: Guidelines

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:44:55 GMT

New guidelines say babies should sleep in their parents' room -- but not in their bed -- to lower the risk of sudden death, or SIDS.Baby in a crib.Baby in a crib.

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Report: Lesbian, Gay and Bi Adults Have Higher Drug Abuse Rates

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:30:00 GMT

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances and experience mental illness, according to a new report.(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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Southerners More Likely to Die From Smoking

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:30:20 GMT

Cancer caused by smoking is more likely to kill Southerners, a new study finds.A man smoking a cigarette on December 3 2013.A man smoking a cigarette on December 3 2013.

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Wrong Antibiotic Prescribed Half the Time

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:47:00 GMT

People with sore throats, ear infections and sinus infections get the wrong antibiotic at least half the time, researchers reported Monday.Danny Chatigny, 3, gets his throat inspected at a CVS Minute Clinic Danny Chatigny, 3, gets his throat inspected by Nicole Gauvreau, nurse practitioner, at a CVS Minute Clinic

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Is Football Safe for Kids? Study Looks At Brain Changes

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:54:00 GMT

Researchers say they don't know if the changes are permanent or affect memory or other functions.Researchers found changes in the brain tissue of youth football players after just one season.Former NFL player Greg DeLong's 12-year-old son Jake is taking part in the study of brain changes among young players.

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Digital Devices OK for Toddlers, Doctors Say

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:21:00 GMT

Updated advice suggests kids as young as 18 months old can handle the occasional session with a tablet, but an hour a day is plenty for kids under 5.A child looks at a mobile phone A child looks at a mobile phone

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Teen's Bond With Brother Inspires Pioneering Genetic Study

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:24:00 GMT

For most people, learning they have a 90 percent chance of developing cancer would be devastating. But for this teenager, it was a call to action.Casey, left and Tanner Longstreet in a family photograph.When Tanner Longstreet was 7 years old, he and his sister, Casey (right), would record videos of them playing together. Here, Casey trusts Tanner with eyeliner in a screen capture from their "makeover" video. Video courtesy of Casey Longstreet.J. Craig Venter and Casey Longstreet walk through one of the laboratories of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. Photo: NBC News.Casey Longstreet and J. Craig Venter in his office at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. Photo: NBC News.Casey Longstreet has her blood drawn at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as part of her regular monitoring. The Longstreet family (clockwise from top left): Greg, Marlo, Tanner and Casey. Casey, left, and Tanner Longstreet in a family photograph.

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Obama: Call it What You Want, Obamacare Can Work

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:10:00 GMT

President Obama visited Florida, a battleground state and Obamacare holdout, to press improvements to his healthcare reform program.President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade College in Miami on Oct. 20, 2016.A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website.

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Passionate, Graphic Answers Given on Abortion

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:26:00 GMT

Answering a question about the Supreme Court, the candidates pivot to abortion.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 19, 2016 in Las Vegas. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8.

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Clinton, Trump Clash on Abortion Rights

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:49:00 GMT

The Hardball panel weighs in on the arguments made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton over late term abortion during the third and final presidential debate.

CDC Warns Pregnant Women of Miami Zika 'Red Zone'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:38:00 GMT

Federal health officials have made a new color-coded map for Miami and urged all pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Miami-Dade County.Barbara Betancourt holds her baby Daniel Valdes after being given a can of insect repellent by a police officer.Miami-Dade County, FL. Red shows areas where pregnant women should not travel. Yellow shows areas where pregnant women should consider postponing travel.

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Feds Expect 13.8 Million New Obamacare Customers

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:20:00 GMT

The Obama administration has set modest expectations for coming sign-up season. The biggest worries: rising premiums and dwindling choices.Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York

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Teens Need Just 2 HPV Doses, Feds Say

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:52:00 GMT

There's good news for kids who haven't received all their HPV vaccines yet - they only need two doses of the vaccine instead of three.MA bottle of the Human Papillomavirus vaccination is seen at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on Sept. 21, 2011 in Miami, Fla.

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