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Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:11:19 GMT2018-03-20T18:11:19Z

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

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:26:36 GMT2018-03-20T18:26:36Z

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....

Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:12:37 GMT2018-03-20T05:12:37Z

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic....

Florida governor signs major bill to combat opioid epidemic

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:57:05 GMT2018-03-19T19:57:05Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed Florida's opioid legislation into law, a move seen by many as a good first step in combating a crisis that has claimed at least 16 lives a day in the Sunshine State....

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:52:16 GMT2018-03-19T20:52:16Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over....

Abortion impasse may shut down effort to reduce premiums

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:22:11 GMT2018-03-20T00:22:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The polarizing politics of abortion have burst into the congressional budget debate, overwhelming bipartisan efforts to help millions of consumers who buy their own health insurance policies get relief from soaring premiums....

Donors raise $560 million for Gaza water treatment plant

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:47:30 GMT2018-03-20T13:47:30Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union says international donors have raised 456 million euros ($560 million) to build a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide around 2 million people with safe drinking water....

For menopause sex discomfort, gel worked as well as hormone

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:56:32 GMT2018-03-19T16:56:32Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- In a study of women with menopause-related sexual discomfort, gels worked as well as prescription hormone tablets at reducing symptoms....

WHO says tainted food outbreak threatens 16 African nations

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:22:47 GMT2018-03-20T17:22:47Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A deadly outbreak linked to tainted food in South Africa is now threatening other African nations, with neighboring Namibia reporting a confirmed case that might be connected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday....

Fake Hepatitis B vaccines found at Ugandan health facilities

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:18:49 GMT2018-03-19T09:18:49Z

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan authorities say they have found fake Hepatitis B vaccines at some health facilities, including in the capital, Kampala....