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South Korea declares country effectively out of MERS danger

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SEOUL - South Korea declared on Tuesday it is effectively out of danger from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), more than two months after the first case was reported and began spreading in hospital settings to kill 36 people.

After videos, Senate Republicans target Planned Parenthood vote

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are planning a vote in coming days on legislation to cut $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reigniting a fight in Congress over abortion that has long been dormant.

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Iowa extends bird flu disaster proclamation through August

- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Tuesday extended the state's bird flu disaster proclamation by a month until Aug. 30, keeping in place a raft of state resources for poultry farms recovering from an outbreak of the disease, country's worst-ever.

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U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure

WASHINGTON - Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday.

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California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a recall effort against him.

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U.S. predicts 5.8 pct average rise in healthcare spending through 2024

NEW YORK - The U.S. government expects healthcare spending to increase by 5.8 percent annually on average from 2014 through 2024 as more Americans gain insurance coverage and the improved economy drives patients to visit doctors and hospitals.

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Insulin resistance might increase Alzheimer’s risk

(Reuters Health) - Insulin resistance may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease by depriving the brain of sugar needed for normal cognition, a small study suggests.

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Americans report improved health, better healthcare: study

- Americans are reporting improved health and better healthcare two years after health insurance became available under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Skipping breakfast may be bad for diabetics

(Reuters Health) - People with type 2 diabetes who skip breakfast and fast until noon may have blood sugar spikes throughout the day, a small study suggests.

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Instead of curbing drinking, college kids try to curb consequences

(Reuters Health) - A new study of college students finds that some of their “protective strategies” when they plan on drinking are actually tied to greater alcohol use.

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