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Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating

Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says

CDC Panel to Recommend Who Should Get Swine Flu Shot

Officials hope vaccine will be available by fall or early winter

U.S. Expects 160 Million Doses of Swine Flu Vaccine by October

A slowdown in production is hampering efforts, but a nasal spray version might help

E-Cigarettes Pose a Health Hazard, FDA Warns

Agency says testing shows devices contain carcinogens, other toxins

Many Young Adults Uninformed About Vaccines

More awareness of benefits of shots for preventable diseases needed, study shows

Safety of Swine Flu Vaccine to Face Tough Scrutiny

Experts confident that U.S. won't repeat problems seen in 1976 episode

FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine for 2009-2010

Health experts still working on H1N1 swine flu vaccine, which should be ready by fall

Exposure to Common Pollutant in Womb Might Lower IQ

Study found those kids performed worse on intelligence tests at age 5

Swine Flu Vaccine on Track for Fall: CDC

New U.S. outbreak likely in coming months; children and young adults still primary targets

Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

To save lives, government should enact new interstate laws, researchers say

FDA Investigating Safety of Asthma Drug Xolair

Injected medication may be linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke, agency says

Blacks Have Highest Obesity Rates in U.S.

Hispanics also show higher prevalence than whites, CDC researchers find

Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths

Public health messages should be simplified, study finds

Swine Flu Vaccine Taking Longer Than Expected

A fully tested shot may not be ready until year's end, WHO says

Obama Taps Alabama Doctor to Be Surgeon General

Dr. Regina Benjamin was first black woman to be on AMA's board

Swine Flu Summit Focuses on Preparedness

U.S. taking steps to handle virus' anticipated return in the fall

New Drug Fights Anthrax Toxin

Raxibacumab being stockpiled for possible anthrax attack, researcher says

Experts Keep Wary Eye on Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu

Isolated cases seem mild for now, but future remains uncertain

U.S. Unveils Stricter Food-Safety Standards

Measures aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks

Mixed Marks for Swine Flu Updates

Study finds wide variations in Web reports by states and municipalities

Why Swine Flu Differs From Seasonal Flu

Pandemic virus affects lungs and stomach, whereas seasonal flu doesn't, researchers say

FDA Tells Patients to Stick With Diabetes Drug Linked to Cancer

There's no conclusive evidence that Lantus causes malignancy, agency says

U.S. Considers Massive Swine Flu Vaccination Program

It could include up to 600 million doses of vaccine: report

Too Few Americans Get HIV Test Early Enough

Late diagnosis costs lives that could be saved with powerful treatments, CDC says

FDA Seizes All Drugs From Generics Maker

Agency cites poor quality at Michigan plants, warns of potential shortage of one pain reliever

1 Million Americans Likely Stricken by Swine Flu: CDC

The virus shows no signs of mutating as it continues global trek, officials say

Supply of Key Children's Vaccine Almost Back to Normal

CDC says production shortfalls that limited booster shots nearly over; Hib can cause bacterial meningitis

In Summertime, the Livin' Can Be Buggy

Physicians group offers advice on tick and mosquito bites

HIV 'Atlas' Shows Virus Targeting Minorities

80% of U.S. cases occur in just 20% of counties, report finds

Pesticide Residue Common on Kitchen Floors

Study detects hazardous substances underfoot, even some banned decades ago

Nestlé Recalls Cookie Dough Products

Move comes after FDA reports 66 cases of E. coli infection in 28 states

Swine Flu Continues to Flare Up, CDC Says

Many cases in the Northeast; health-care workers urged to take greater precautions

New Swine Flu Strain Found in Brazil: Report

But it's not clear if it's any more dangerous than initial strain

VA Faces Questions Over Tainted Colonoscopies

Former patients could have been infected with HIV, hepatitis via non-sterile equipment

Asthma Drugs Get 'Precaution' Labeling for Possible Psychiatric Side Effects

FDA says users of Singulair and similar meds should watch for such problems

First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine Already Here: Company

Announcement comes a day after WHO declared H1N1 a pandemic

Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

'The virus is unstoppable,' WHO director says; U.S. health officials caution that declaration means virus hasn't gotten more severe, just more widespread

FDA Panel OKs Newer Antipsychotics for Children

Seroquel, Zyprexa and Geodon have been linked to certain health risks, experts note

WHO Declaration of Swine Flu Pandemic Looks Imminent

H1N1's swift spread in Australia may meet criteria for full alert, agency says

Studies Report More Harmful Effects From BPA

Chemical in plastics may hurt heart and fertility, researchers say

Summer Fun Need Not Be Hazardous

Parents can do a lot to keep kids safe, experts say

U.S. Response to Swine Flu Called Good

But report said the health-care system would be overburdened if an outbreak were more severe

Global Testing Shows No Variation in Swine Flu Virus

Experts worry that it could mutate and become more dangerous as it travels from country to country

Report Gives U.S. Good Grades for Swine Flu Response

But it also said the health-care system would be overburdened if an outbreak were more severe

Two Ways to Tackle Tuberculosis

International screening program and new drug show promise in studies

WHO Close to Declaring Swine Flu Pandemic

Reports of infection on the rise in countries such as Australia and Chile; mortality rate remains low

Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States

While outbreak is winding down, an estimated 200,000 people have been infected in U.S.

Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States

While outbreak is winding down, an estimated 200,000 people have been infected in U.S.

Families Urged to Have Wells Tested Yearly

Young kids are especially vulnerable to contamination, experts say

Neighborhood Safety Is Linked to Disability

Even questioning security poses risks for older, poorer people, study finds