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State reviewing why more women die in childbirth

Georgia has improved its infant mortality rate but has seen a jump in its maternal mortality rates.
Fires breaks out in historic Galveston and Houston

GALVESTON, Texas - Wind from Hurricane Rita whipped up dramatic fires in this city's historic Strand District and parts of Houston, sending out swirls of sparkling embers even as rain poured down in sheets.
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Federal health officials alert to threat of new mosquito disease

ATLANTA -- As if West Nile virus wasn't bad enough, now U.S. health officials are on the lookout for another mosquito-borne disease, fearing it could become a permanent part of the American landscape if it entered the country.
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In 1987, when Nancy Reagan was diagnosed with early breast cancer, she chose to have a mastectomy. At the time, the decision ignited a controversy; many doctors regarded the treatment as too extreme.
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Mission will take Augusta doctor, family to Central African hospital

It came up on their first date. Steve Letchford had a yen for the missions field. "We talked about it," said Sherri, his wife. "(But) I didn't know I would be going with him." The Letchfords and their four children will leave the United States for a remote mountain hospital in Mukinge, Zambia, in early June, said Dr. Letchford, an Augusta medical internist and pediatrician. They plan to stay indefinitely, he said. His predecessor stayed 38 years, though most medical missionaries stay about four.
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Showers bring nuisance of mosquitoes

Last week's copious rainfall will likely have yards buzzing with mosquitoes soon, health experts said.
Government tightens medical-privacy rules

NEW YORK - Patients visiting doctors Jeffrey Mazlin or Howard Shaw remark on how much nicer the office looks since a wall was removed, creating a bigger, more open space.
Ecstasy a greater risk for women

LONDON -- Ecstasy, the increasingly popular party drug, may cause more brain damage in women than in men, new research suggests. A study published this week in The Lancet medical journal compared brain scans of people who had taken 50 or more Ecstasy tablets in their lifetimes with those of a group who had never taken the drug. The findings indicated women - but not men - lost a significant number of brain cells, even though the men had taken more Ecstasy over the years.
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Vaccine for West Nile tested

...potentially fatal brain swelling associated with West Nile virus, a study suggests. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston presented their findings - based on the vaccination of hamsters - at the American Society of...
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