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California fruit recall keeps expanding

Trader Joe's, Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Ralph's, Shop Rite among affected retailers

As food recalls go, the recent stone-fruit recall from California-based Wawona Packing Company is arguably both better and worse than most: better in that there have been no confirmed reports of people getting sick from contaminated food, worse in that the scope of the recall keeps growing.

FDA approves new painkiller from OxyContin maker

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination pain pill from the maker of OxyContin that is designed to discourage abuse by painkiller addicts.

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Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.

Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies

An experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but showed some promise in the least-impaired participants who received a higher dose.

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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.