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Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

Washington — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. More

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

Researchers David Whitworth and Sara Mela pose for photo in the lab at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales. According to results published online July 28, 2014, in the American Journal of Infection Control, the researchers found that the knocking of knuckles, fist bump, spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does. Anthony Pugh / AP

New York — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. More

Does man have herpes or antibiotic allergy?

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. More

HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco. Research showing that the pill does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses was discussed July 22, 2014, at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Jeff Chiu / AP

There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even i More

Poor teens' health may benefit from attending top schools

Chicago — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests. More

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