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Insight: Tougher laws a likely legacy of the Disneyland measles outbreak

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NEW YORK - Chris Barr had no problem getting his eight children exempted from vaccinations when they went to school. First in California, and later when the family moved to Arkansas, the natural healing practitioner simply signed a piece of paper stating that his personal beliefs didn’t allow the immunizations.

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Exclusive: Payment delays dent India's flagship health, AIDS programs 6:52am GMT

NEW DELHI - India's main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters. | Video

Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children's polio vaccinations 9:23am GMT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said Tuesday, as community opposition and Taliban threats block efforts to eradicate the crippling disease in one of its last strongholds.

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Texas nurse Pham sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection 02 Mar 2015

DALLAS - The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, sued a Texas hospital on Monday, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from contracting the deadly virus and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with it.

Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer's other protein 6:01am GMT

CHICAGO - Alzheimer's researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibers associated with the fatal disease.

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Exclusive: Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case 02 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan.

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Exclusive: Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests 02 Mar 2015

DAKAR - Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

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India will not cut multi-billion dollar food handout program: PM 12:18pm GMT

NEW DELHI - India will not scale down its multi-billion dollar food welfare program that promises ultra-cheap rice and wheat to most of its people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday.

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Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages 02 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting.

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Exclusive: Payment delays dent India's flagship health, AIDS programs 02 Mar 2015

NEW DELHI - India's main public health programs, aimed at millions of rural poor, have been in disarray for months because the government changed the way that over $1.3 billion in federal funds were distributed, according to data and letters seen by Reuters.