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Retooling Pap Test to Spot More Kinds of Cancer

For years, doctors have lamented that there is no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Wednesday, scientists reported a tantalizing hint that one day, there might be.

Researchers are trying to retool the Pap, a test for cervical cancer that millions of women get, so that it could spot early signs of other gynecologic cancers, too.

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U.S. Top Court Limits Stays of Execution for Mentally Ill

The Supreme Court unanimously decided Tuesday that mentally ill death row inmates should not receive unlimited suspensions of their post-conviction challenges.

The nation's highest court decided that such suspensions make sense on a case-by-case basis, but should be left to the discretion of individual judges, and not be automatic.

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Switch Out of Wood-Burning Stoves Saves Lives

Reducing the use of wood-burning stoves in an Australian city led to a sharp fall in deaths from respiratory diseases and heart failure, a study published on Tuesday said.

The paper, published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), highlights the pollution risks from inefficient biomass burning, used by billions of people for heating and cooking.

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Binge Drinking Serious Problem for U.S. Women

Binge drinking is an under-recognized problem for U.S. women, nearly 14 million of whom engage in it about three times a month, downing about six drinks each time, says a study released Tuesday.

The practice is most common among women aged 18 to 34 as well as high school students, whites, Hispanics and women with household incomes of $75,000 or more, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Organ Donations Fall in Germany After Scandal

Organ donations have dropped sharply in Germany following a scandal over alleged corruption at several transplant clinics.

The German Foundation for Organ Transplantation says the number of organs donated fell almost 13 percent to 3,917 last year, the lowest figure in a decade.

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Cancer Kills Less in U.S., But Prevention Lacking

Fewer people are dying from cancer in the United States, but a government report published Monday warned that a lack of preventative measures could stem a steady decline in mortality rates.

Mortality rates have been falling since the early 1990s. The study found that from 2000 to 2009, cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent per year among men and by 1.4 percent per year among women.

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French Startup Takes Fork on Road to Health

If you come to a fork on the Internet, take it. It may end up being beneficial to your health.

The French-based startup Slowcontrol is unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show this week what it calls the first Internet-connected fork, capable of monitoring the pace of eating to keep people from overdoing it.

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Natural Birth a Tough Sell in China's Caesarean Boom

As an automatic piano chimed a wedding march, new mother Wang Dan walked down a red carpet towards a hospital room called the "White House", minutes after giving birth in a candlelit water pool.

"I wanted to stay in the White House because it's large and well decorated," said the 28-year-old Wang, who settled with her newborn son into the suite adorned with an enormous rococo style sofa and a Mona Lisa portrait.

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Large Spanish Protest against Health Privatization

Thousands of Spanish medical workers marched through downtown Madrid on Monday to protest against budget cuts and plans to partly privatize their cherished national health service.

The march is part of a series of such demonstrations, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many protesters wear. Participants on Monday walked behind a large banner saying, "Health care is not to be sold, it's to be defended."

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Poll: Few Americans Know all the Risks of Obesity

Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health?

Carrying too many pounds may lead to or worsen some types of cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, even infertility. But a new poll suggests few Americans realize the links.

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