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Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

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CHICAGO (AP) -- For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?...

Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government....

Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free
BANGKOK (AP) -- A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday....





Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul....

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century....

FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price - more than $250,000 for a year's treatment....

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station....

Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for making false statements in research reports....

Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened....

John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery....