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Live Anthrax Mistakenly Sent to US Labs

Federal health officials say they are investigating the accidental shipment of live anthrax bacteria to labs in nine states.

Early Treatment Best for HIV, Study Confirms

Early treatment is better for treating HIV than waiting, a new study confirms.

What's So Bad About Trans Fats?

Artificial trans fats are inexpensive to produce and last a long time, but they're also bad for your health.

Teen Drivers a Risk to Everyone on the Road

Lack of experience behind the wheel combined with distracted driving makes a dangerous concoction for teen drivers.

Americans Are Getting Even Fatter, Survey Finds

Americans have become even fatter than before, a new survey finds, with nearly 28 percent saying they are clinically obese.

Astro-Mouse Study Suggests Spaceflight Damages Skin

It's bad enough that weightlessness can cause muscle loss and weaker bones. But now researchers say it may cause skin and hair problems as well.

Bipolar Man's Death in Custody Sparks Georgia Jail Shakeup

Mathew Ajibade's family said he died after being Tasered and restrained in an isolation cell in the midst of a bipolar episode.

Can Cutting the Umbilical Cord Later Make Kids Smarter?

Can waiting for a few minutes to cut or clamp the umbilical cord help children's brains? It just might, a new study shows.

Drinking May Be Bad for the Elderly Heart

Having a drink or two a day might be good for the heart when you're young, but even just a couple of drinks a day may damage an elderly heart.

Hold Off Germline DNA Editing For Now, White House Says

Scientists should hold off on experiments that could permanently alter people's DNA and pass the changes to future generations, the White House says.

Man With Lassa Fever Dies in U.S. After Liberia Trip

A New Jersey man died Monday evening after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — an infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.

Staying Safe In The Water

Swimming season is back, and along with it the dangers posed by the water. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.

Hospitals Slash Free Baby Formula Giveaways: Survey

Good news for breastfeeding — a new study shows hospitals have slashed the practice of handing out free formula to new moms.

Bird Flu's Rapid Spread Has Experts Flummoxed

Federal agriculture officials are looking everywhere they can think of for H5N2 bird flu, which has killed more than 39 million birds.

'Hangry' and Thirsty? 6 Signs It's Time to Fire Your Diet

If you can't stop thinking of chocolate, that's a clue you need to change your eating plan.

Is Arthritis Just for Old People? (No)

Dr. Ernest Patti breaks down why arthritis isn't just an ailment for the elderly.

Doubts on Pre-Natal Gene Test Saved One Child's Life

Stacie and Lincoln Chapman warn of a tragic decision they nearly made based on a blood test of their unborn baby's DNA that turned out to be wrong.

53 People in 9 States Sickened After Eating Raw Tuna

The source of the outbreak is unknown, but most who fell ill reported eating sushi containing raw tuna.

Don't Hold Your Breath: CDC Reports on Pool Accidents

It's called "dangerous underwater breath-holding behavior" and it can kill even highly trained swimmers, health officials report.

Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Gives New Freedom to Paralyzed Man

A man paralyzed from the neck down can drink on his own using a mind-controlled robot arm.

Depression Raises Parkinson's Risk, Study Confirms

A new study strengthens evidence that depression may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease.

CT Scan Shows Nail in Man's Eye

3D medical scan video provided by The New England Journal of Medicine details how a nail pierced through patient's eye.

Depression Raises Parkinson's Risk, Study Confirms

A new study strengthens evidence that depression may raise the risk of Parkinson's disease.

Peter Pan Maker Pays $11 Million Over Food Poisoning

ConAgra Foods has agreed to pay $11.2 million for shipping salmonella-contaminated Peter Pan peanut butter.

New Rabies Strain Found in New Mexico

A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico.

What Are the Most Common Skin Cancers?

Melanoma, squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers are three common types of skin cancer.

Pharmacy in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak To Pay Victims $200 Million

The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million.

ConAgra May Be Charged Over Peanut Butter Recall

ConAgra Foods is likely to face criminal charges after a U.S. government investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall.

Snake Boots Recalled After Demonstration Goes Wrong

Rocky Brands, Inc. is recalling one model of its snake boots after a snake bit through a pair.

Which Cancer Screenings Do You Need?

Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict.


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