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    • 13 OCT 17
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    Calif. declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak

    SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday due to a lack of vaccines in a deadly hepatitis A outbreak in several California counties, CBS Los Angeles reports. The declaration allows the state to “increase its supply of hepatitis A vaccines in order to control the current outbreak,” Gov. Brown said in

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    • 13 OCT 17
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    Red Cross sends team to tackle deadly plague outbreak

    JOHANNESBURG — With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to the island nation. The World Health Organization said 561 cases have been reported so far, with another in the Seychelles. “The situation, as

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    • 13 OCT 17
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    Why FDA’s approval of a gene therapy to treat form of blindness is such a big deal

    An experimental treatment for blindness is one step closer to getting approval.  On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel gave the green light for the therapy, which can improve the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA).   “This is the first time that a genetic therapy has been used

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    • 12 OCT 17
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    Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane disease outbreak

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as possible cases of a disease spread by animals’ urine, Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to contaminated water. A total of 10 people have come down with suspected cases of leptospirosis, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at

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    • 12 OCT 17
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    DC’s oldest community pharmacy fills Congress’ prescriptions

    Just four blocks East of the Capitol building is Grubb’s Pharmacy: Washington, D.C.’s oldest community pharmacy, dating back to 1867. Grubb’s has a unique relationship with lawmakers nearby. The pharmacy brings drugs by the carload to members of the House and Senate, who can simply pick up their prescription deliveries at the Capitol’s Office of

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    • 11 OCT 17
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    Childhood obesity 10 times higher than 1970s

    October 11, 2017, 4:25 PM| The World Health Organization is warning of serious physical and psychological consequences from the alarming rise in obesity rates. CBS News’ Teri Okita reports. Source Article from http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/oE-_l-Cumys/

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    • 11 OCT 17
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    Christie says it’s "not good" that Trump hasn’t declared opioid emergency

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday “it’s not good” that President Donald Trump has yet to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Trump appointed the fellow Republican to chair his opioid commission, whose signature recommendation was an emergency declaration. Melania Trump lends voice in fight against opioid abuse  Christie said Tuesday that the

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    • 10 OCT 17
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    Medical group: EPA’s move "puts American lives at greater risk"

    A coalition of medical groups opposed the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, saying such action “puts American lives at greater risk.” Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of

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    • 10 OCT 17
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    Will Catholic universities withdraw birth control coverage?

    The Trump administration’s plan to roll back mandatory insurance coverage for birth control faces a new federal court challenge. Washington state’s attorney general sued Monday to stop the new rules from taking effect. California and Massachusetts have already filed similar complaints. Last week, the administration said it’s changing the Obamacare requirement that health plans cover

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    • 10 OCT 17
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    Logic sings about a person in despair reaching out. That song is now saving lives

    LOS ANGELES — A song about a desperate caller contemplating suicide is resonating with millions of listeners — and saving lives. That’s because the song’s title, “1-800-273-8255,” is also the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Logic, a rapper and songwriter originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, came up with the single’s concept: A person

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    • 09 OCT 17
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    Experimental treatment helps toddler with rare disease

    LOS ANGELES — Marian McGlocklin looks like a happy and healthy 2-year-old, but the toddler is fighting a rare and deadly disease. “She has a rare genetic condition called Niemann-Pick disease type C,” mom Sara McGlocklin told CBS Los Angeles. “Basically what that means is each of the cells in her body is missing the ability

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    • 07 OCT 17
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    Morning Rounds: Obesity linked to cancer, new sleep poll

    October 7, 2017, 7:50 AM| CBS News contributor Dr. David Agus joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” from Los Angeles to discuss a new report from the Centers for Disease Control that found obesity and being overweight was associated with an increased risk in at least 13 types of cancer, a revealing new poll about sleep

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    • 07 OCT 17
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    California’s hepatitis A outbreak may linger for years

    LOS ANGELES — The hepatitis A outbreak in California that has claimed 17 lives may not have peaked and could take a year or more to abate, health officials said Thursday. The contagious, liver-damaging illness has infected at least 568 people since November, mainly in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties. People without

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    • 06 OCT 17
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    California’s hepatitis A outbreak may linger for years

    LOS ANGELES — The hepatitis A outbreak in California that has claimed 17 lives may not have peaked and could take a year or more to abate, health officials said Thursday. The contagious, liver-damaging illness has infected at least 568 people since November, mainly in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties. People without

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