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Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director
NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency....

Study: Medical bankruptcies may not be as common as thought
Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests....

Guinea worm disease transmission stopped in South Sudan
ATLANTA (AP) -- South Sudan has gone 15 months without a single reported case of Guinea worm disease, the nation's health minister said Wednesday, suggesting a major victory for global health officials trying to eliminate the painful affliction....

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007....

Conservative Utah lets women get birth control from pharmacy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal....

Russia: Asking permission before taking organs is 'inhumane'
At least two lawsuits filed at a top European court claim Russia violated Europe's Human Rights Convention by removing organs from the recently dead without telling relatives....

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Packing on pounds seems to dull people's sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds....

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny....

Idaho joins other red states with 'abortion reversal' law
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho will become the latest conservative state to require women seeking abortions to be informed that the drug-induced procedures can be halted halfway, despite opposition from medical groups that say there is little evidence to support that claim....

Supreme Court questions crisis pregnancy center law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A skeptical Supreme Court took aim Tuesday at a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion....