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Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.

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Aronia berry gaining market foothold in US

A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular "superfoods" like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.

FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.

Measles outbreak complicates 2 big Amish events

Visitors from around the world to two upcoming events in Ohio’s Amish country could come away with more than they bargained for, health officials fear — a case of measles from the nation’s largest outbreak in two decades.

Egypt's army says 'virus cure' needs more tests

Egypt's military said Saturday that a device it claimed it invented to cure AIDS and hepatitis C needs six more months of testing.

FDA approves inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals.

West Nile virus suspected in Missouri death

Health officials say the death of a south-central Missouri man was probably caused by West Nile virus.

FDA clears robotic legs for some paralyzed people

Federal health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again.

3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer

3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn't known.

FDA approves Cubist antibiotic for skin infections

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Cubist Pharmaceuticals to treat common skin infections often acquired in the hospital.

Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company’s Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1, which may mean thousands of Missourians will have to switch doctors.

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Dr. Oz scolded at hearing on weight loss scams

Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.

Health groups urge veto of e-cigarette bill

Health advocacy groups are urging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from some tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.

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Blunt seeks options in wake of VA situation

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Thursday the current complaints about some Veterans Administration’s hospitals “leads us to, really, opportunity to discuss veterans’ care in new ways.”

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Exterior of new St. Mary’s Health Center nearing completion

In the home stretch

Officials at St. Mary’s Health Center expect substantial completion of the new facility on Mission Drive in late July with an official move-in date of Nov. 16.

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FDA to update seafood guidance for pregnant women

The Food and Drug Administration is updating its advice for pregnant women on the appropriate levels of mercury in seafood but Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Friday that it won't require mercury labels on seafood packages.

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Government warns against indoor tanning for minors

Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

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Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.

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California chicken still linked to salmonella

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a chicken producer in the state of California continues to sicken people more than a year after it started.

$650M settlement reached over blood thinner

German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.