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Superbug Hits Second L.A. Hospital

Superbug hits second hospitaln the latest superbug outbreak, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that four patients were infected with deadly bacteria from a contaminated medical scope, and 67 other people may have been exposed.

The Los Angeles hospital said Wednesday that it began investigating the possibility of patient infections after a similar outbreak at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center that sickened seven patients, including two who died.

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‘Green’ household products aren’t eco-friendly: study

green products not so greenDozens of supposedly eco-friendly products harbor dangerous toxic chemicals — even though they’re marketed as a clean alternative, a new study reveals.

In a test of three dozen air fresheners, detergents, other cleaning supplies and hygiene products, the Melbourne School of Engineering found 156 volatile compounds — 42 of which are toxic or hazardous under U.S. law.

And many of the products were labeled "green," "all-natural," "non-toxic" or "organic."

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Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab

primate lab, louisianaA dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public.

Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.

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Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking

Tobacco companies deny dangersNever underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.

In 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the nation's largest cigarette makers to publicly admit that they had lied for decades about the dangers of smoking.

The basis for the punishment: Testimony from 162 witnesses, a nine-month bench trial and thousands of findings by the judge that defendants engaged in what the largest public health organizations in the country have called a massive campaign of fraud.

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2 dead, 179 exposed after 'superbug' outbreak at L.A. hospital

LA hospital superbugContaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients, including two who died, with a potentially deadly "superbug" at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. A total of 179 patients have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

They were potentially infected with Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, during endoscopic procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between October and January, said Dale Tate, a University of California, Los Angeles spokeswoman. Tests on a patient uncovered the outbreak.

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New drug shields monkeys from AIDS: study

HIV vaccine a success in monkeysScientists said Wednesday a new drug tested on monkeys provided an astonishingly effective shield against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a major gain in the quest for an HIV vaccine.

Macaque monkeys given the drug were able to fend off high repeated doses of the simian version of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), they reported in the journal Nature.

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Fatal birth defect stalks 3 Central Wash. counties

Fatal birth defects washington stateNearly three years after nurse Sara Barron first sounded the alarm about a spike in rare birth defects in Central Washington, state health officials have begun interviewing area women who lost babies to the devastating condition known as anencephaly.

Since Jan. 1, investigators have talked to 10 mothers who have carried babies with anencephaly, which causes infants to be delivered missing parts of the brain and skull.

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