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Nasty flu season showing signs of winding down in US

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Could this nasty flu season finally be winding down?...

CDC seeking $400 million to replace lab for deadliest germs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thirteen years after building a state-of-the-art lab for the world's most dangerous germs, the nation's top public health agency is asking for more than $400 million to build a new one....

US asks judge to approve seizure of Pharma Bro's assets

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NEW YORK (AP) -- "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli appeared in court Friday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics, and the brash former pharmaceutical CEO had a new look since his bail was revoked in September: a scruffy beard that made his appearance less boyish....




Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these "superagers" to uncover their secret....

US panel says it's OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal panel says it's OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again....

US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a new vaccine against hepatitis B....

Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch anti-smoking activists vowed to fight on Thursday after prosecutors rejected their call for a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter, on the grounds that such a case would be unlikely to lead to a conviction....

Leading liberal policy group unveils 'coverage for all' plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all....

Greek parliament to probe 10 politicians over pharma scandal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's parliament voted early Thursday following a marathon 20-hour session to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal....

Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost....