Bubonic plague kills couple in Mongolia after eating raw marmot meat

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia — A Mongolian couple has died of the bubonic plague after eating raw marmot kidney, triggering a quarantine that left tourists stranded in a remote region for days, officials said Monday. The ethnic Kazakh couple died May 1 in Nogoonnuur soum, in Mongolia’s westernmost province of Bayan-Ulgii, which borders Russia and China. “The two […]

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California bans chlorpyrifos pesticide as largest agriculture state claims it harms child brain development

Los Angeles — The nation’s most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used toxic pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move would outlaw chlorpyrifos after scientists deemed it a toxic air contaminant and discovered it to be more dangerous than previously thought. State Environmental Secretary Jared Blumenfeld […]

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Unvaccinated teen Jerome Kunkel, who sued after he was banned from school during chickenpox, outbreak now has the virus, lawyer says

An unvaccinated teen who was banned from school during a chickenpox outbreak now has chickenpox himself, his lawyer says. Jerome Kunkel was not allowed to attend school for at least two weeks when 30 people came down with the virus. In April, he sued the health department because he was banned from school for refusing […]

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FDA sleeping pills warning: Officials issue strong warning over risks of sleeping pills including Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata

Millions of Americans suffer from insomnia, and many of them depend on sleep medications to get them through the night. Federal health officials have warned for years about the possible side effects, and now they’ve issued their strongest warning so far. The FDA ordered that several popular types of prescription sleeping pills, including Ambien, Lunesta […]

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Growing crop of companies suggest young women protect themselves against infertility

When model Krista Mays found herself single in her early 30s with a goal of being a mom by age 35, she decided she’d have to find a less traditional approach to motherhood. “I was having a conversation with my girlfriends about egg freezing and fertility and the conversation I had was like, ‘I think […]

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Some rural hospitals used for big insurance reimbursements – and profit

Some rural hospitals are being used to set up big paydays from insurance providers, raising questions about how insurance claims are reimbursed. Since 2010, 83 struggling rural hospitals have closed, and as many as 700 others are at risk of closing in the next decade. But a CBS News investigation found some rural hospitals have […]

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How some rural hospitals were used to score huge paydays

GRACEVILLE, Fla. — As many Americans struggle to pay rising health insurance premiums, a CBS News investigation has uncovered a scheme that could make those premiums go even higher. It raises costs for insurers, who could then pass the increase along to you. Jorge Perez is CEO of Empower Group, a Miami-based healthcare company that […]

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Rubber ducks may be haven for nasty germs

BERN, Switzerland — Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs. Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” […]

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Why do so many golden retrievers get cancer? Massive study hopes to find out

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The sweet and playful golden retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in America, with a special talent for getting even so-called grown-ups to join in the fun. But, as Kris Campesi has learned through painful experience, they also rate high on another scale. “Goldens have a high probability for […]

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California Dreamin’, new, lightly pot-infused soda causing controversy

OAKLAND — With more and more businesses looking to capitalize on California’s legalization of recreational marijuana, a company is trying to market a new pot-infused soda as an alternative to drinking alcohol, reports CBS San Francisco. The Seven City Beverage Company claims the product includes the right amount of THC to produce a mild high. […]

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