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AP Top Health News At 4:48 p.m. EST

Do heart patients fare better when doctors away?
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Doctors joke that if you're going to have a heart attack, the safest place would be at a big national gathering of heart specialists. But a new study suggests some older hospitalized heart patients may fare better when these doctors aren't around....

Cambodia 'doctor' faces murder rap in HIV outbreak
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with the virus that causes AIDS was charged Monday with murder and other crimes, a prosecutor said....

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India
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RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) -- Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind....





Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon....

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Health workers carrying thermometers and sanitizers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease....

European court rules obesity can be a disability
LONDON (AP) -- Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday - a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff....

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states....

WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday....

Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus....

FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie....

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