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Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

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CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

Medtronic agrees to FDA consent decree on drug pump

- Medtronic Plc has agreed to resolve U.S. regulators' allegations it violated quality standards for making its SynchroMed implantable drug pump, which delivers medications to cancer patients and others with chronic pain.

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Merck's diabetes drug Januvia succeeds in heart safety trial

- Merck and Co's diabetes drug Januvia achieved the main goal of a long-awaited heart safety study, according to preliminary results released by the drugmaker on Monday, likely removing a cloud of uncertainty from its biggest product.

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Cellphones may distract parents while children play at parks

(Reuters Health) - Cellphones are one of the most common distractions for caregivers to overcome while supervising children at playgrounds, new research finds.

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New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

CHICAGO - Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

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U.S. asks China to drop ban on poultry imports triggered by bird flu

WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys.

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U.S. top court throws out Obamacare contraception ruling

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama's administration.

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Connecticut teen to go home after forced chemo treatment

MILFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut teenager who was forced by the state Supreme Court to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer will be released on Monday after finishing treatment in good health, her lawyer said.

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Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch. | Video

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Teen texting and driving dips with state laws

(Reuters Health) - According to a new analysis of nationwide surveys, teens report less texting while driving in the years following statewide bans. But texting while driving rates are still high, the researchers found.

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