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CDC: Nearly half of U.S. adults are infected with HPV

half of US adults infected with HPVNearly half of American men and women under 60 are infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, putting them at risk for certain cancers, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More than 45 percent of men were infected with genital HPV in 2013-2014, while 25 percent were infected with high-risk genital HPV. At the same time, about 40 percent of women carried genital HPV, while almost 20 percent had high-risk genital HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Gallup: ObamaCare has majority support for first time

Obamacare supported by 55% of AmericansMore than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinions on it in 2012.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes. Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law.

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EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide Shows Profit Trumps Public Safety

Chlorpyrifos allowed by EPADefying the recommendation of his own agency’s scientists, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has refused to ban a widely used pesticide that’s been linked to learning disabilities in children.

Pruitt’s order, signed late Wednesday, allows chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide that’s been used on crops from broccoli to cranberries since the 1960s, to remain on the market for agricultural use. The EPA proposed in November 2015 under the Obama administration to permanently ban the chemical on food crops, citing potential risks to human health. The move stemmed from a 2007 petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pesticide Action Network North America.

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AARP, American Medical Association oppose GOP health care bill, citing loss of coverage

AARP, AMA oppose GOP health planTwo major interest groups with sway among Capitol Hill lawmakers have come out forcefully against the GOP's newly released health care plan, saying the bill could lower the quality of health care or even put it out of reach for many low-income Americans.

On Tuesday night, the AARP came out against the bill, saying it will increase costs to Americans aged 50 and older by thousands of dollars per year.

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The dirty dozen: UN issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

Most dangerous bacteriaThe World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options.

In a press briefing on Monday, the U.N. health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the most worrying drug-resistant bacteria, including salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.

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Bill Gates: world faces decade at risk from antibiotic-resistant bugs

Bill GatesPeople across the world, particularly those in developing countries, face a decade at risk from pandemics spread by antibiotic-resistant bugs, the billionaire Bill Gates has warned.

Gates, who made his fortune with the Microsoft Windows operating system before becoming a philanthropist, said the success of antibiotics had created complacency that was now being exposed by the rise of microbial resistance to the drugs.

“I cross my fingers all the time that some epidemic like a big flu doesn’t come along in the next 10 years,” Gates told a special edition of Radio 4’s Today programme guest-edited by Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England.

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Listeria in hummus prompts national recall by Sabra

Listeria in Sabra hummusThe presence of potentially deadly listeria in several samples of hummus has prompted a national recall by Virginia-based Sabra Dipping Co. of 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus.

Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development learned of the possible contamination by listeria monocytogenes after routine inspections March 30 at a Kroger in Port Huron, according to Jennifer Holton, MDARD spokeswoman.

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