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Health officials warn: Don't eat black licorice

Red Vines Black Licorice

California health officials are warning fans of the popular Red Vines black licorice candy not to eat the treats because they tested positive for high levels of lead. American Licorice Co. of Union City, Calif., issued a voluntary recall Wednesday for 1-pound bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with a best before date of Feb. 4, 2013. It was not clear what volume of product had been recalled. Company officials did not immediately return NBC News calls seeking comment.


Mystery disease kills 61 kids in Cambodia

Health officials in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months, the World Health Organization said Thursday.


Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state

Whooping Cough Epidemic

Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts ...


Homicide drops off US list of top causes of death


For the first time in 45 years, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, government health officials said Wednesday.


Many parents opt for "alternative" vaccination schedule

Many parents opt for

Health officials are concerned about the trend at a time when many infectious diseases are making a comeback.


Boy dies from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ in Va.

Boy dies from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ in Va.

Virginia health officials say a child has died of a brain infection from a microscopic bug, sometimes called a “brain-eating amoeba,” that lives in stagnant water. State epidemiologist Dr. Keri Hall declined to name the child, but the victim’s mother identified him as 9-year-old Christian Alexander Strickland of Henrico County. The boy died Aug. 5 and Hall received the autopsy results Friday confirming the cause of death as inflammation of the brain and its lining.

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