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Retail Tobacco Ads Boost Likelihood of Teens' Smoking

Price cuts, promotions lure casual users into regular puffing, study finds

Firefighters Exposed to World Trade Center Dust Developed Lung Condition

Study author says sarcoidosis isn't really dangerous, but other doctors express concern

Pet Food Contaminant Poses Little Risk to Humans: Report

Melamine was in surplus pet foods fed to hogs and chickens

Washington, NYC America's Most 'Sun-Smart' Cities

Chicago residents are worst for warding off skin cancer, survey of cities and states finds

Dads' Parenting Style Influences Childhood Obesity

Clear limits, parental follow-through can help curb overweight epidemic

Diesel Exhaust Impairs Blood Flow to Marrow

Elderly most affected by exposure to the pollutant, researchers say

Pet Food Recall Widens Again on New Threat

Canadian processor concerned about cross-contamination; U.S. health officials say 4,000 dogs and cats may have died, investigation winding down

FDA: Millions of Chickens Fed Contaminated Pet Food

3 million broilers already consumed; officials say human health risk low

U.S. Assures Consumers of Pork Safety in Pet Food Recall

Report says Chinese animal food manufacturers routinely add the chemical melamine to products

FDA: No Sign of Human Illness from Hogs Exposed to Melamine

Agency searches offices of pet food maker as probe into tainted food continues.

FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker, Supplier

Part of continuing probe into chemical contamination that has killed unknown number of animals

Many U.S. Immigrants Can't Read Prescription Labels

New York City study finds most instructions aren't translated

FDA Says No to Vioxx Successor

Critics have questioned adequacy of safety trials for Arcoxia

U.S. Quarantines 6,000 Hogs Fed Tainted Pet Food

But some contaminated meat may have entered human food supply, agriculture officials say

Rare Lung Disease Found in Food-Flavoring Workers

Lead contamination also high among women workers in battery plants, CDC report finds

A Healthier Planet, a Healthier You

This Earth Day, use an online calculator to gauge your 'carbon footprint'

New Tainted Ingredient Prompts Widened Pet Food Recall

Products imported from China are contaminated with melamine, FDA says

Search for Highly Effective Bird Flu Vaccine Goes On

Scientists gain key insights from seasonal flu shot efforts, experts say

Better Testing Shields Hospitalized Kids From 'Superbugs'

Screening targets drug-resistant staph and enteroccocus, experts explain

Cancer Patients at High Risk of Drug Interactions

Better surveillance could prevent deadly incidents, experts say

Ireland's Smoking Ban Cut Pub Toxins Dramatically

Study found pollutants reduced 83%, secondhand smoke exposure by 99 percent

U.S. Approves 1st Bird Flu Vaccine

Called an 'interim' measure, it was effective about half the time in trials

Change of Season Brings Lawn Mower Warning

Pediatric experts remind homeowners that small fingers, large blades don't mix

Rattlesnake Capsules Linked to Salmonella Poisoning

Hispanic folk remedy may contain lethal bacteria, expert warns

Free Asthma Screenings to be Offered Across the U.S.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and tests will be run at 300 locations

Teens' 'Competence Skills' Key to Avoiding Drug Abuse: Study

Strong self-image, ability to say 'no' deciding factors in resisting peer pressure

Scientists Frustrated in Search for Genital Herpes Vaccine

Better funding could help defeat the virus, which infects 1 in 5 Americans

E. Coli Cases on the Rise

CDC report shows cases of other foodborne illnesses holding steady or decreasing

Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

Nationwide survey finds focus is on improving quality of U.S. care

More Cat Food Recalled; U.S. Warns Retailers to Pull Products

Manufacturer adds Canadian canned food from new plant to its list; FDA says some contaminated foods may still be on store shelves

Monitoring Blood Pressure Is Everyone's Business

May 17 marks World Hypertension Day, and the focus is on prevention, lifestyle changes

Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

It's one of top three causes of death among people under 45

Severely Obese Are Fastest Growing Segment of Overweight Americans

Study finds this group grew by 50% from 2000 to 2005

More Pet Food Recalled

20 additional dog and cat products, plus pet treats, join foods with contaminated wheat gluten

April 5 Is U.S. Alcohol Screening Day

Group offers anonymous testing to determine dependency, paths to recovery

Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes

Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

Pneumococcal Vaccine Helps Prevent Kids' Ear Infections

Study finds rates of repeated ear infections

Emotions Play Major Role in Teen Condom Use

Managing stress associated with birth control key to promoting safe sex, study finds

First-Time DWI Offenders Often Have Multiple Problems

Besides alcohol use, they often abuse drugs, have psychiatric ills, study finds

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Continues to Spark Debate

Most agree that Gardasil is effective, but should its use be compulsory?

Dipstick Test Detects Spoiled Food

American research team develops a format that spots bacterial breakdown of food

Heart Test Shows Who Needs Implantable Defibrillators

It also spots those patients who don't need the cardiac rhythm devices, study says

Rat Poison Found in Recalled Pet Food

N.Y. testing reveals toxin in samples from massive, nationwide recall; manufacturer doesn't know how it got there

Source of 2006 Spinach E. coli Outbreak a Mystery: FDA

Contamination began on a California field but exact cause is unknown, study concludes

Genetically Modified Foods: Boon or Boondoggle?

U.S. regulators say they're safe, but critics aren't convinced

Pet Death Toll Rises in Tainted Food Recall

Canadian manufacturer can't find contamination source in its moist pet food packages; U.S. probe continues

Cardiac Risk Greatest While Firefighters Fighting Flames

Study found they're most likely to die while responding to emergencies

FDA Proposal Toughens Membership Requirements on Advisory Panels

New limit on financial ties would reduce potential conflict of interest, agency says

Raising a Glass for the World's Poor

On Thursday, NYC diners join global push for U.N. World Water Day

Medication Errors Common for Transplant Patients

Better communication could improve the situation, experts say