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Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the number of U.S. heroin user has grown by about 300,000 over a decade. Most of the increase was in whites, across income levels....

At least 5 kids got wrong immunizations at New Jersey clinic
SALEM, N.J. (AP) -- At least five children were given the wrong immunizations at a health clinic for the uninsured, including a 2-year-old boy who got an "excessive dose" of a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, authorities said....

California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong opposition from lawmakers in Catholic districts and others ahead of a Tuesday vote....





The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee....

Panel: Politics among reasons for botched UN Ebola response
LONDON (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak exposed the U.N. health agency's organizational failings, a panel reported Tuesday - but it didn't blame any individuals at the World Health Organization for its bungled response last year to the deadly crisis....

Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections....

Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday....

Lush conditions fuel Colorado increase in rabbit fever
DENVER (AP) -- Fed by unusually lush vegetation, rabbits have been breeding like rabbits around Colorado, increasing the risk for what normally is a relatively rare bacterial disease in the state....

Patients heap scorn on cancer doctor at his sentencing
DETROIT (AP) -- Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers....

WHO says too few countries taxing tobacco products enough
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Taxing cigarettes up to 75 percent of their retail price is among the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, but too few governments levy high enough taxes, according to a World Health Organization global report released Tuesday....

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