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FDA seeks data on e-cigarettes after surge in poisoning cases

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- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use.

Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

(Reuters Health) - In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas.

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Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

(Reuters Health) - One in four seniors who've been in car accidents will have lasting pain, and many will struggle to perform basic daily activities in the months afterward, a new study suggests.

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Half of heart disease deaths due to preventable factors

(Reuters Health) - In the U.S., preventable risk factors still account for 50 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease among adults age 45 to 79, according to a new analysis.

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California governor signs bill limiting school vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating the state's personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements - legislation that was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland linked to low vaccination rates.

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Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous

WASHINGTON - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries.

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Liberia records Ebola death despite being declared virus-free

MONROVIA - A Liberian teenager has died of Ebola, more than seven weeks after the west African country was declared free of the virus, a government minister said on Tuesday.

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Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

HAVANA - The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

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Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say

PARIS - The World Health Organization, animal health and national defense officers called on Tuesday for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons.

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Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

(Reuters Health) - Almost a third of American adults own a gun, but the rate varies widely by state and tops out at almost 62 percent of people in Alaska, new survey data show.

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