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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.

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The $1,000-per-pill drug Sovaldi has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. But insurers are reluctant to cover it. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)
The $1,000-per-pill drug Sovaldi has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. But insurers are reluctant to cover it. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)
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$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The price may be high but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.

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This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
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Ebola outbreak in Africa; Is there risk to US?

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.

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Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., outline their compromise plan to fix  the veterans' health care system. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., outline their compromise plan to fix the veterans' health care system. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center,  speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center, speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Medicare’s own health looking better, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

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A youth sells soft drinks outside clinic caring for Ebola patients in the Kenema District of Sierra Leone. Liberia has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of areas affected by the Ebola outbreak. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)
A youth sells soft drinks outside clinic caring for Ebola patients in the Kenema District of Sierra Leone. Liberia has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of areas affected by the Ebola outbreak. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)
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5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here are five things to know about Ebola and how it is spread:

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Sitting at desk
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Excessive sitting is harmful to health

If you have a job that keeps you sitting at a desk all day, you may want to get up and move around. Excessive sitting is bad for your health. In fact, it has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, poor circulation and an increased risk of blood clots to name a few.

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MedImmune ran full-page ads in newspapers protesting pediatricians' new recommended limits on Synagis, a drug for preventing serious lung problems in premature infants caused by a usually mild virus. (AP Photo)
MedImmune ran full-page ads in newspapers protesting pediatricians' new recommended limits on Synagis, a drug for preventing serious lung problems in premature infants caused by a usually mild virus. (AP Photo)
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Anti-virus drug maker fights pediatricians’ new advice

CHICAGO (AP) -- A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.

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Researchers David Whitworth, left, and Sara Mela, pose for photo in the lab at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales
Researchers David Whitworth, left, and Sara Mela, pose for photo in the lab at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales (AP Photo/Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)
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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

 

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

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Mosquito
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What do you know about mosquito bites?

There are a lot of myths about mosquitoes, including about how to defend against them and even how serious a threat they pose.

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