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Many Who Got Thyroid Cancer After Chernobyl Still Alive: Study

Finding gives hope to those exposed to radiation in other nuclear disasters, researchers say

Many Americans Breathing Cleaner Air: Report

But some cities continue to have dangerously high levels of ozone and soot

Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

Outbreaks have killed men in New York, California, but officials now think cases on each coast unrelated

'Misdiagnosis' Leading Cause of U.S. Malpractice Payouts: Study

Diagnosis-related claims -- not surgical or medication errors -- are the most costly of all, researcher says

Minorities Less Prone to Think They'll Get Cancer: Study

But researchers say attitudes might not match actual risk

Treatment for New, Deadly Coronavirus Shows Promise

Researchers report two drugs currently used to treat hepatitis C stopped virus from replicating in lab tests

As Pedestrian's Age Rises, So Does Odds of Dying in Traffic Accident

CDC report finds that people aged 75 or older face double the risk compared to younger

Man Arrested in Tainted Letter Case, Officials Report

Follow-up test needed to confirm ricin was in mail sent to President Obama, Republican senator, officials say

Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

Hospitals' practice drills provide blueprint, but rapid response to Boston Marathon bombings shows how they really work

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin

Latest formulation is tougher to crush and dissolve, making illicit use more difficult

Boston Bombing Injuries 'Like a War Zone'

3 dead, more than 170 injured by explosions near Boston Marathon finish line

3 Dead, Many More Injured in Boston Bomb Blasts

Authorities searching for suspects, motive behind attack at finish line of Boston Marathon

FDA Warns Against Sale of Sports Supplements in U.S.

Dangerous stimulant DMAA is sold under variety of ingredient names, agency says

Antibiotic Prescribing Rates Vary by Region: Report

It may be contributing to growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria, researcher says

New Bird Flu No Immediate Threat: U.S. Experts

There's been no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission in Chinese outbreak

Despite Big Progress, Many Kids Have High Lead Levels in Blood

Mineral has been linked to learning and behavioral problems, CDC says

Fewer U.S. Teens Dying in Teen-Driver Crashes

Risky rider behavior and passenger fatalities have lessened, but texting and speeding remain deadly habits, report says

Monkey Research Gives Insights Into New SARS-Like Virus

Coronavirus strain has so far infected 17, killed 11 worldwide

CDC Launches New Graphic Antismoking Ads

Emotional ads put a face to devastating effects from both smoking and secondhand smoke

Flu Season Continues to Wind Down

38 states reported minimal activity last week, CDC says

They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

Major 2012 outbreak was linked to mail-order chicks, ducklings, CDC says

Health Tip: Practice Winter Sports Safety

Protect kids from injuries

Homegrown Strain of Dengue Fever Virus Pinpointed in Florida

Some 2009-2010 cases originated in Key West mosquitoes, not from travelers, CDC says

Health Tip: Broil Fish for a Healthy Dinner

Follow these cooking guidelines

Scientists Report Clues to Flu Shot's Effectiveness

When people fail to make enough white blood cells the vaccine is less protective, study finds

Health Tip: Childproof the Laundry Area

Make sure kids don't have access to potential dangers

Flu Infections Continue to Decline

33 states experienced minimal activity last week, CDC says

Do More Gun Laws Mean Fewer Gun Deaths?

Study says that seems to be the case, but at least one expert calls the research flawed

Steer Clear of 'Miracle Cures,' Other Bogus Health Products: FDA

Some can cause serious harm, agency warns

'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes: CDC

Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Is Too Much E-Communication Swamping Doctors?

In survey of VA primary care docs, 30 percent said they'd missed patient test results

Health Tip: Cook Eggs the Right Way

To prevent food-related illness

Tattoos Can Pose Health Hazards, Doctor Warns

Industrial inks, poor skin placement may lead to variety of problems

One in Five U.S. Smokers Has Tried an 'E-Cigarette'

CDC says public health effect of device remains to be seen

Countries With More Sugar in Food Supply Have More Diabetes

Global study strengthens tie between sweeteners and type 2 disease, experts say

Foods Might Serve Up High Levels of Chemicals Found in Plastics

Manufacturing process might introduce hormone-disrupting chemicals into dairy products, spices, researcher says

Primary Care Doctors Can Make the Wrong Call

Study finds missed diagnoses happen with many common conditions; often traced to communication breakdowns

Without Laws, Many Tanning Salons Would Allow Kids: Study

Missouri survey found operators often misrepresent indoor tanning as safe, even healthy

Fraudulent Data May Have Led to Use of Risky Treatment in ICUs

Second look at data on a starch-filled solution finds it may do more harm than good

Flu Levels Continue to Fall, CDC Says

Activity has decreased in many areas, data shows

Public Smoking Bans Cut Risk of Preterm Births, Study Finds

Legislation in Belgium shown to reduce harmful effect of secondhand smoke

Report Calls for Better U.S. Efforts to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

Institute of Medicine panel says international cooperation also needed to combat public health threat

Flu Levels Starting to Fall, CDC Says

While activity remains high, it has decreased in most areas

FDA Issues Another Warning on Fake Version of Cancer Drug Avastin

Patients who take the product would get no benefit, agency says

Hoping to Ease Shortage, FDA Fast-Tracks Generic Form of Cancer Drug

Agency says new availability of doxorubicin will help people battling malignancy

Flu Still Widespread but Easing in Some States: CDC

45 children have died from flu this season; seniors also especially vulnerable

Pet Hedgehogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 8 States

CDC is investigating cases of rare strain of stomach bug linked to the animals

1 in 5 Hospital Docs Reports 'Unsafe' Workloads: Study

Juggling too many patients increases risk of potentially dangerous medical errors, experts warn