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Indiana Governor Overrides Law to Authorize Needle Exchange

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, an economically depressed area about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, that has seen 79 new infections since December. The county typically sees only about five HIV cases each year, health officials said.

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Three Cambodians Convicted in First Kidney Trafficking Case

A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced three people to between 10 and 15 years jail for organ trafficking, after they persuaded poor Cambodians to sell their kidneys to wealthy compatriots undergoing dialysis in Thailand.  

The convictions were the first for organ trafficking in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.

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Two Experimental Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe Says U.S. Agency

Two experimental Ebola vaccines, tested in Liberia on more than 600 people in a phase 2 clinical trial appear to be safe, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Thursday. 

The results confirm two clinical trials, each with some 20 people, that were carried out earlier in the United States. 

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Study: Ebola Virus has Mutated Less than Scientists Feared

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study showed Thursday.

Previous research based on limited data had suggested that Ebola was mutating twice as quickly as in the past, researchers said in the journal Science.

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Superbugs Could Kill a Million Chinese a Year

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China faces a million deaths a year from antibiotic-resistant superbugs and a loss of $20 trillion by 2050, an economist and former top Goldman Sachs executive said Thursday.

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New Tool to Foretell Heart Attack/Stroke Risk

Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on.

A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled Thursday, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, whether you have diabetes or smoke, and which country you live in, its developers say.

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Liberia Says First Ebola Patient in a Month is Isolated Case

A Liberian woman who last week became the country's first Ebola patient in more than one month has not passed on the infection to anyone else, a senior official said Wednesday.

The case was a setback to hopes that Liberia, once the worst Ebola-hit country, would soon be officially declared free of the deadly disease.

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Time to Control Online Sales of Breastmilk, Say Experts

Health watchdogs should regulate online sales of breast milk, so prone to contamination that babies may be placed at risk, the BMJ medical journal said in an editorial on Wednesday.

New mums face mounting social pressure to provide breast milk, given its famous nutritional benefits, and more and more are turning to the Internet if they are unable to provide the milk themselves.

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Study: Kids Eat More Veggies when Tasty

Children just hate all vegetables, no matter how tasty you make them, right?

Wrong, says an influential study out Monday that found U.S. children in Massachusetts ate up to 30 percent more vegetables when school dinners were made more palatable with the help of a professional chef.

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Giant Rats Sniff out TB in Mozambique

Giant rats may strike fear and disgust into the hearts of homeowners worldwide, but researchers in impoverished Mozambique are improbably turning some of them into heroes.

At Eduardo Mondlane University in the capital Maputo, nine giant rats are busy at work -- sniffing out tuberculosis-causing bacteria from rows of sputum samples.

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