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Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity: study

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Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study.

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Failed cancer vaccines might live again with new immune drugs
Using vaccines to fight cancer is a field littered with failures but experts believe it is possible the approach could get a new lease of life if such shots are combined with a new class of drugs

U.S. hospitals unprepared to handle Ebola waste
U.S. hospitals may be unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated by any Ebola virus disease patient to arrive unannounced in the country

Diabetes rates may be leveling off overall: U.S. health officials
The drastic increases in the number of people living with diabetes and the number of new cases diagnosed each year may have leveled off, according to U.S. health officials.

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One foreign health worker dies, five infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in UAE
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Another Saudi MERS death raises kingdom toll to 67
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Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids' arteries
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India reaches Mars on its maiden attempt
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