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Columbia reports 7 suspected mumps cases

Health officials in Boone County says seven suspected cases of mumps have been reported in the Columbia area.

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Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?

Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.

Report: Wait lists for vets even longer today than last year

The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.

Q&A: Female sex pill makes comeback with positive panel vote

Women suffering from low libido got some hope on Thursday, when a panel of health experts said the government should approve an experimental pill intended to boost sexual desire.

Study sees benefit from more extensive breast cancer surgery

Having a little extra tissue taken off during breast cancer surgery greatly lowers the risk that some cancer will be left behind and require a second operation, according to a new study that could change care for more than 100,000 women in the United States alone each year.

Pioneer in spreading Lamaze childbirth method in US dies

When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today.

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Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

Health officials probe cause of suspected botulism at picnic

Heath officials said Wednesday they are working to determine which food from a church potluck might have caused a suspected botulism outbreak that left one person dead and 23 others sick.

Fla. governor will sue Obama over hospital money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won’t expand Medicaid.

Govt. clarifies rules for wellness programs at work

Federal regulators Thursday proposed limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

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Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

FDA panel opposes dropping warnings from tobacco pouch

Government advisers recommended against a proposal by Swedish Match to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Farmers fund research to produce gluten-free wheat

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world’s biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

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New bird flu strain has poultry farmers scrambling

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

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