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FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences.

Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies

Researchers say an experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in tests on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people

Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people
Image shows cancer tissue indicated by white arrows from an Axial CT scan. Researchers have found cancers of this and other types are more likely in cats and dogs who have had repeated exposure to secondhand smoke. (AP Photo/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine)
Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies done at Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.

Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

 No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp
In this June 25, 2014 photo, Chief Medical Resident Julia Vermylen, right, critiques interns after a breaking bad news exercise during intern boot camp, taught by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.

Free birth control is emerging standard for women

Free birth control is emerging standard for women
More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun
Wouldn't you love to escape this busy world and just spend some time alone with your thoughts? Maybe not, says a study of volunteers who actually tried it.

Studies question UN strategies to save mothers

Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
FILE- In this July 25, 2010 file photo, traditional birth attendant Magret Atieno assists Mary Wairimu into a position to give birth, during labor in the Korogocho neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi, File)
In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies - usually inexpensive drugs - deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.

More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes

More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes
A man holds a cigarette and a pack with a picture of a cancer patient printed on it at a street in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years.

FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants

FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants
Technical assistant Eliska Didyk wears protective gloves while displaying a bottle containing human fecal solution, frozen to minus 20 degrees celsius for short-term storage.
Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle drug, but this cutting-edge treatment is profoundly simple - though somewhat icky.

3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer

3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer
This undated combination provided by Hologic shows an image taken using conventional mammography, left, and an image using a 3D mammography, right, with a tumor circled that wasn’t visible on the first image. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hologic)
3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn't known.

Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums
People use a phone bank to sign up for health care insurance at the business office of Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.