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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at a hospital in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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‘Stunning’ number of extreme drug doses by doc, expert says

Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.

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Hayden Murphy
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Hayden Murphy, 13, with his medicine at his home in Plainfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?

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A sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn
A sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
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Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

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Vials of Priorix children's vaccine, which combats mealses, mumps, rubella and chicken pox
Vials of Priorix children's vaccine, which combats mealses, mumps, rubella and chicken pox (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Washington woman’s measles death is first in US since 2003

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

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A flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. (Bethany Hahn via AP)
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Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

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FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price -- more than $250,000 for a year's treatment.

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Monmouth, Ocean prosecutors partner to stem drug overdoses

Two Jersey Shore prosecutors hope a partnership they have formed with hospitals in their area will help stem the tide of drug overdoses in their counties.

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California governor signs strict school vaccine legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

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FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products

Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.

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OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug

The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.

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