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Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High in U.S.

Coverage for most routine shots at or over 90%, CDC report shows

Tracking Groups of Friends May Aid Flu Surveillance

By monitoring social networks, researchers say they can spot outbreaks earlier

FDA Advisers Divided on Whether to Ban Diet Drug Meridia

Signs of heart and stroke risks prompt some panelists to call for new warnings and restricted distribution

New Drug-Resistant 'Superbug' Reaches U.S. Shores

But the nation already has its own version of this antibiotic-resistant bacteria, CDC says

FDA Panel to Mull Ban on Diet Drug Meridia

Withdrawal of the drug, which may raise heart risks, is an option, agency says

H1N1 Pandemic Flu Even Milder Than Seasonal Strains

Though youngest were most vulnerable, fewer serious complications seen, study finds

Chemicals in Rugs, Cookware May Be Linked to Raised Cholesterol in Teens

Long-term effect of exposure to PFOAs, PFOS compounds still unknown, researchers say

Disease May Be Only a Plane Ride Away

Without vigilant adherence to childhood immunizations, outbreaks could return, experts say

Safety Top Concern of U.S. Workers, Surveys Show

Issue gets too little media attention, spokesmen say

Former Egg Farm Employees Say Their Complaints Were Ignored: Report

U.S. Agriculture Department spokesman said inspectors don't recall anyone raising concerns

Bedbug Nation: Critters Make a Comeback

'Hitchhiking' with human travelers, they're spurring anxiety across the United States

As Hurricane Earl Hits East Coast, Residents Urged to Brace Themselves

Feds advise shoring up homes, storing water and food, and monitoring radio, TV

Experimental TB Test Called Fast and Accurate

Health experts say it has potential to greatly improve treatment of the respiratory disease

East Coast Residents Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl: FEMA

Feds advise shoring up homes, storing water and food, and monitoring radio, TV

East Coast Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl: FEMA

Feds advise residents to shore up homes, store water and food, and monitor radio, TV for info on risks and evacuation

FDA Finds Rodents, Manure Piles at Farms in Egg Recall

Agency official cites 'failure to manage waste' at sources of salmonella outbreak

Youth Smoking Rates Now Stalled

After decade of big decreases, number of teens lighting up stays steady

Chicken Feed May Be Source of Salmonella in Egg Recall: FDA

Positive samples turn up at Iowa farms involved in outbreak

CDC Revises Death Estimates From Flu

Mortality ranged from an annual low of 3,300 to a high of 49,000 during last 30 years

Eggs Being Produced by Recall Farms Safe, if Pasteurized, Experts Say

Treated eggs can be used in products such as salad dressings, cookie dough and cake mixes

Are The Eggs in Your Fridge Safe to Eat?

Experts tell you what you need to know in the wake of a massive recall

FDA Chief Says More Egg Recalls Possible

Nearly 2,000 reports of salmonella infections in people in about 22 states

2nd Egg Recall Linked to Salmonella Under Way

Producer says there have been laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella enteritidis

2nd Egg Recall Linked to Salmonella Under Way

Producer says there have been laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella enteritidis

Poultry Litter Leaches Arsenic Into Streams, Rivers: Scientists

Researchers say more careful farm management would cut down on contamination

Sunglasses Rival Lotions as Vital for Safety

UV rays threaten the eyes as much as the skin, experts warn

More U.S. Teens Get Recommended Vaccines

CDC sees rise in shots against meningitis, whooping cough

Nationwide Recall of Eggs Linked to Salmonella Expanded

More than 250 people sickened by germ as Iowa company recalls 380 million eggs

Nationwide Egg Recall Underway

More than 250 sickened by salmonella as Iowa company recalls 228 million eggs

FDA Mulling Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

Advocates say cool, minty taste masks harsh chemicals, lures kids, minorities to take up smoking

Surgery Can Be Safe in Nations With Scarce Resources: Report

Extremely low rates of death if certain standards, guidelines followed, study shows

When Doctors Admit Mistakes, Fewer Malpractice Suits Result, Study Says

Michigan hospital finds an apology, offer of compensation led fewer patients to sue

Gulf Oil Spill Still a Health Threat to Many, Researchers Report

Docs need to look for evidence of toxicity among clean-up workers and others in coastal communities

Students Warned to Beware of 'Laptop-itis'

Computer design can lead to injuries in heavy users, but simple steps can minimize risk, expert advises

Lax Hand Washing Helps Drive Many Foodborne Illnesses

CDC report finds chicken, beef and leafy greens prime sources of these outbreaks

Hospital-Acquired MRSA Infections On the Decline, CDC Says

Better infection control may have antibiotic-resistant Staph on the run, experts say

Spread of Whooping Cough Raises Concern

Five states involved, with California seeing largest epidemic in 50 years, officials say

Foreign-Trained Doctors As Good As U.S.-Trained Counterparts

U.S.-born doctors who trained abroad had worst record of all, study finds

Household Spray Cleaners Pose Greatest Danger to Toddlers

Good news is that accidental poisonings have dropped by almost half since 1990, U.S. report shows

Many Horse Lovers Saddle Up Unsafely

Nearly a third were injured over past 3 years, largely in preventable accidents, expert finds

H1N1 Protection in Coming Season's Flu Vaccines: FDA

Just one shot should shield against multiple strains, agency says

Too Soon to Tell Whether Dengue Fever Will Spread in U.S.

Not clear yet where 46 cases in Florida came from, CDC official says

Increased Risk of Violence Among Unsupervised Teen Groups

Hanging out with no adult presence a recipe for violence even in 'good' neighborhoods, study finds

Chest Compressions Alone Best With CPR

Studies support bystanders not using mouth-to-mouth breathing

More Than 70,000 Kids Injured By Medical Devices Each Year

Contact lenses, IV tubes lead list of items causing trips to the ER, study shows

Schizophrenia Linked to Raised Risk of Injury While Hospitalized

Expert says docs may not take physical complaints seriously because of patient's mental illness

Radiation for Childhood Cancer Can Boost Risk of Stillbirth Later

Study found when woman's uterus, ovaries had been exposed at young age, risk was up to 12 times greater

FDA Puts Partial Hold on Avandia Safety Study

Enrollment in TIDE trial suspended after agency rules diabetes drug has heart risks

Study Suggests Painters Face Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

More years spent in profession meant higher chances of developing disease

Homeopathic Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell

Analysis more clearly establishes link between remedy, side effect