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More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it's only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children....

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food....

Prosecutor on Justice's opioid crackdown favors tough tact
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mary Daly has heard the criticism: That the tough-on-drugs approach favored by the Trump administration is cruel, ineffective and a return to the failed policies of the 1980s....

The state that wants to spend more, not less, on prison food
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Dropped onto Connecticut inmates' food trays in recent days was a concoction called chilitos, consisting of a cup of meatless chili mix, one slice of cheese, brown rice, refried beans and two tortillas, along with a half-cup of pudding and an 8-ounce drink....

20 states seek to block Obama's health care law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds....

Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not....

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases
PHOENIX (AP) -- The E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday....

After a death, how much can 'broken heart' hurt survivors?
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly affects the other's....

Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators....

Juul maker to invest $30M to combat underage vaping
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The maker of a much-debated e-cigarette popular with teenagers says it will spend $30 million in an effort to keep its products out of the hands of children....