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Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died....

Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever....

Milk does a body good? A look at the science

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product....




Crash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life....

Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated....

White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....

More measles cases found in California
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday....

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago....

Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes....

Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding - an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community....

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