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Traveling to Europe? Protect yourself from this preventable disease

Doctors say the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is safe and can prevent serious childhood illnesses. Joe Raedle, Getty Images Peak summer travel season is in full swing and government health officials are reminding those going abroad to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease in some popular vacation spots. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, more than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe since January 2016. In the past year, at least 35 children across the continent died from the…

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said the first vote will be on the House-passed health care bill from May just to open up debate and the amendment process. “The motion to proceed will be just to get on the House bill and the substitute [amendment] will be, you know it’ll be a judgment call the leader will make, at some point between…

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Encouraging milestone in the fight against HIV

Candles are lit on the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 30, 2015. Niranjan Shrestha, AP LONDON — For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based…

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Cancer expert: McCain’s treatment option is “tolerable”

Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor called a glioblastoma. His diagnosis was revealed following a procedure last week in which surgeons removed a blood clot from above his left eye. Doctors say his tumor was associated with the blood clot. CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus, who is one of the country’s top oncologists and director of the USC Norris Westside Cancer Center, joined “CBS This Morning” from Los Angeles on Thursday to talk about McCain’s diagnosis and potential treatment plan.  “Glioblastoma is the most aggressive…

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Family’s heartbreaking battle with E. coli

July 20, 2017, 12:13 PM| Health officials are investigating how two young siblings in Minnesota were infected with a serious strain of E. coli. The little girl died Sunday and the boy remains hospitalized. Bill Hudson of CBS station WCCO reports. Source: CBS News – Health

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5-year-old fighting E. coli that killed younger sister

Inside the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, the Maresh family is coping with heartbreak and hoping for a miracle. Two young siblings, 5-year-old Kade and his younger sister Kallan, were rushed there after being sickened by a vicious strain of E. coli bacteria, CBS Minnesota station WCCO reports. The family’s Caring Bridge site broke the sad news on Sunday that Kallan lost her battle with the deadly infection. She died one week after shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0157 raced through her young body. “It’s very serious, potentially fatal,” George…

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Sen. Thune on McCain’s cancer diagnosis, health care bill

July 20, 2017, 8:05 AM| Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota joins “CBS This Morning” to talk about Senator John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis, the steps that should be taken in response to the GOP health care bill failure and the president’s conversations with Russia. Source: CBS News – Health

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Experts say Senator McCain’s cancer is aggressive, hard to treat

July 20, 2017, 7:06 AM| Doctors say a tumor was associated with the blood clot that was removed from above Senator John McCain’s left eye. The 80-year-old is said to be recovering “amazingly well” from Friday’s surgery. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook joins “CBS This Morning” to talk about the senator’s diagnosis and treatment options. Source: CBS News – Health

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One-third of dementia cases could be prevented, report says

One-third of cases of dementia worldwide could potentially be prevented through better management of lifestyle factors such as smoking, hypertension, depression, and hearing loss over the course of a lifetime, according to a new report. Across the globe, about 47 million people were living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in 2015. That number is projected to triple by the year 2050 as the population ages. Health care costs associated with dementia are enormous, with an estimated $818 billion price tag in 2015. The new study, published in The…

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GOP senators to discuss disagreements after Trump meeting

Trump administration officials will meet with Republican senators Wednesday evening who have been skeptical of various Obamacare repeal plans that have been under consideration for a floor vote. After having lunch with President Trump at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, mentioned the meeting, which he said will be attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said that the meeting will be with…

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