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One day, cardiac patients may enjoy a new lease on life with pig hearts beating in their chests, said researchers reporting a major advance Tuesday in cross-species organ transplantation. Given the dire shortage of organ donors, the use of animal hearts, lungs or livers to save human lives has long been a holy grail of medical science. But organ rejection...

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The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels. "They used to...

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Three to four million people could be infected with Zika virus in the Americas this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts. Most will not develop symptoms, but the virus, spread by mosquitoes, has been linked to brain defects in babies. Meanwhile the US says it hopes to start vaccine trials in people by the end of the year....

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Puerto Rico reported its first death on Friday from a paralyzing condition that developed from a Zika infection as the U.S. territory fights an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus. The victim was a man between 35 and 45 years old from the San Juan metro area who died from Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to state epidemiologist Brenda...

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The Food and Drug Administration has long been targeting "natural" sexual enhancement products that actually contain prescription drugs. The owner of a Nevada brothel where former basketball star Lamar Odom collapsed Tuesday said he'd been taking "lots of" so-called "herbal Viagra." The sheriff's office said Odom had taken cocaine. It might...

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Florida health officials declined to confirm reports Thursday that Zika has spread locally in Miami Beach, south Florida's thriving tourist and entertainment district. The Miami Herald quoted sources as saying at least two cases not linked to travel had been traced to Miami Beach, which would make for a second center in Florida for the spread...

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Zika is now spreading in two places in Florida — in Miami Beach as well as an area north of Miami, Governor Rick Scott confirmed Friday. He said five people have been infected by Zika locally in Miami Beach, including three tourists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new travel warning, telling pregnant...

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What's the best TV show to watch if you're incarcerated? Forget hardcore dramas like "Orange is the New Black," "Oz" or "Prison Break." One way to escape the miserable reality of prison life may be a good old-fashioned nature show, new research finds. Forty-eight inmates at Oregon's Snake River Correctional Institute watched nature videos of oceans,...

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Thirty people have been diagnosed with a rare paralyzing condition caused by Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico, the territory's health department said Thursday. And Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden says he expects even more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Puerto Rico because the virus is infecting so much of the...

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The Zika virus, previously thought only to be a big threat to developing babies, might also affect adult brains, researchers reported Thursday. Tests in mice suggest the virus can get to and damage immature brain cells in adults — something that indicates Zika infection may not be as harmless for grown-ups as doctors have believed. ...

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