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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....

Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views
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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
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children....





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....

WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic
LONDON (AP) -- Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday....

Arizona monitoring hundreds for measles linked to Disneyland
PHOENIX (AP) -- A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of increasing dramatically in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people, including nearly 200 children who could have been exposed at a Phoenix-area medical center....

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity....

Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday....