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Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken

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CHICAGO - Costco Wholesale Corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer told Reuters on Thursday.

Many in U.S. live too far from advanced stroke care 05 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) - Many Americans would not have quick access to the best healthcare options during a stroke, even under the most ideal circumstances, according to a new computer model.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $5.7 million in California mesh trial 05 Mar 2015

- A California jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Inc unit to pay $5.7 million in the first trial over injuries blamed on the TVT Abbrevo, one of numerous transvaginal mesh products that are the subject of thousands of lawsuits.

What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty wate 4:59am GMT

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes or breast cancer, researchers say.

Inspector testing positive for deadly bacteria didn't get it at Louisiana lab: CDC 05 Mar 2015

- A federal investigator who tested positive for a deadly bacteria that affected five monkeys at a Louisiana primate research facility did not contact it while she was at the lab, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

Prenatal blood tests detect cancer signal in some women 05 Mar 2015

LA JOLLA, Calif. - A new genetic test that sequences the blood of pregnant women for signs of diseases such as Down Syndrome in their fetuses are turning up unexpected results: a diagnosis of cancer in the mother.

Biotech buys get pharma M&A off to flying start in 2015 05 Mar 2015

LONDON - AbbVie's $21 billion deal to buy Pharmacyclics shows big pharma's hunger for new drugs at a time when research at smaller biotechnology companies is driving some of the most promising advances in medicine. | Video

San Francisco hospital begins rare six-way kidney transplant chain 05 Mar 2015

- Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began an unusual series of kidney transplants on Thursday with six living donors providing organs to six patients in a chain that began with a woman described as an altruistic donor unrelated to any of the recipients.

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Dentists might be able to screen for diabetes 05 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) - Dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes while cleaning their teeth, a small study suggests.

A drink a day may not be good for everyone 05 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) - Based on a new analysis, the health benefits of having a drink a day may be exaggerated, UK researchers say.