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Parents warned about rare illness that can leave kids paralyzed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported that a rare illness that leaves it victims paralyzed appears to be on the rise in the United States. Fifty cases of the illness called acute flaccid myelitis have been reported to the CDC so far this year. The syndrome ...

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Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. >> Read more trending stories   During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry ...

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Susan Schneider and actor Robin Williams attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Happy Feet Two' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Robin Williams' wife: He 'was losing his mind, and he was aware of it'

Susan Schneider Williams, widow of Robin Williams, is speaking out about her experience with Lewy body dementia, the disease that led to her husband's suicide. "Looking back, I see that weekend, that time frame, as really the beginning of what became just a firestorm of symptoms that started raining down on Robin," Schneider Williams ...

Should you get the flu shot?

We hear the recommendations around this time every year – it’s flu season and we should get a vaccination, we’re told. With a few exceptions,  everyone 6 months old and older should get an annual flu vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shots are offered at ...

Think you know a hoarder? Here are questions to ask them

It is a story that’s hard to believe – an elderly New York woman apparently lived for decades in a room filled with trash, rotting food and the skeletal remains of her son. In an even more unbelievable twist, investigators say the woman, Rita Wolfensohn, may not have even known ...

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Study: Smoking permanently damages DNA

Smoking scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported this week. And while most of the damage fades after five years if people quit smoking, researchers found that not all of it does. >> Read more trending stories    NBC News reported that information based on a study of 16,000 people. ...

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Excess levels of dangerous chemical found in tap water across U.S.

Turns out lead isn't the only thing that could be contaminating your tap water. Chromium-6, which people over the age of 30 might remember as the dangerous compound in the movie "Erin Brockovich," is in the water supplied to most Americans. >> Read more trending stories The Environmental Working Group analyzed ...

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Cat-scratch disease is hospitalizing more people

Your cute, snuggly feline can make you sick.  Cat-scratch disease is real, and an increasing number of people infected with it are being hospitalized. >> Read more trending stories   According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 12,500 people are diagnosed with the illness ...

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: A pharmacist at a Walgreens store holds a box of the overdose antidote Naloxone Hydrochloride on February 2, 2016 in New York City. Naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, can temporarily block the effects of heroin, OxyContin and other painkillers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

FDA seeks app to help opioid overdose victims

A coding competition could be the Food and Drug Administration's second most powerful tool to keep overdose victims from dying.  The most powerful tool would be naloxone, a potent antidote used when a person overdoses on opioids such as heroin or painkillers.  >> Read more trending stories   "You can ...

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Should you work out for 30 minutes or an hour?

How long should you work out? Thirty minutes might not seem long enough when it comes to reaching your fitness goals, but in the exercise world, more isn't always better. According to personal trainer Jeff Smith, intensity beats duration. "If you're working very hard, you can do it in an ...

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