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Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak

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CHICAGO - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease.

Exclusive: Siemens healthcare unit probed by China regulator for bribery - sources

SHANGHAI - A Chinese regulator investigated Siemens AG last year over whether the German group's healthcare unit and its dealers bribed hospitals to buy expensive disposable products used in some of its medical devices, three people with knowledge of the probe told Reuters.

As youth vaping rises, teens cite the allure of tricks

NEW YORK - On a recent morning, Roger Tarazon and several friends gathered a few blocks from their Queens, New York high school. Some smoked traditional cigarettes, but Tarazon and a few others puffed on electronic vaping devices.      

01 May 2015

Muscular dystrophy telethon, long run by Jerry Lewis, ends on ABC

LOS ANGELES - The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) said Friday it will end its long-standing Labor Day telethon, aired on the ABC network, to focus on more digital fundraising efforts after the success of last year's ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

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U.S. CDC cautions against unprotected sex with Ebola survivors

CHICAGO - U.S. health officials are now recommending people avoid contact with the semen of Ebola survivors after a woman in Liberia contracted Ebola through sexual intercourse with a survivor of the disease.

01 May 2015

Less sports training tied to groin injury

(Reuters Health) - Groin injuries are common in sports requiring quick direction changes, acceleration and deceleration – and they’re even more common when athletes have less sport-specific training or weaker inner thigh muscles, researchers say.

01 May 2015

Worse survival after lung cancer surgery for residents of poor neighborhoods

(Reuters Health) - Residents of low-income neighborhoods with few high school graduates may be more likely to die after lung cancer surgery than more affluent patients, a U.S. study finds.

01 May 2015

Monsoons could bring disease, a second crisis, to Nepal: UNICEF

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There is only "a small window of time" for relief workers in Nepal to put in place measures to protect people from deadly disease outbreaks, a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official said on Saturday.

01 May 2015

Reducing alcohol-related car crashes may help economy

(Reuters Health) – The large reduction in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes over the past few decades helped the U.S. economy, according to a new study.

01 May 2015

Hog farmers more likely to carry drug-resistant bacteria: U.S. study

CHICAGO - Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study.

01 May 2015