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AP Top Health News At 6:17 p.m. EDT

Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996....

Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor....

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision....

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa....

Oregon moves to dump health exchange website
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead....

Saudi Arabia reports pilgrim infected with MERS
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus related to SARS and 36 more cases of infection, including a Turkish pilgrim in Mecca....

Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing....

Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found....

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
CHICAGO (AP) -- Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests....

Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules
GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface....