Public Health

DAKAR, Senegal - An international aid agency says 400 children have died from lead poisoning in northwestern Nigeria and contamination has spread to two more villages.

TRENTON, N.J. - Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it is buying Holland's Crucell NV for about $2.41 billion, marking the American health care giant's latest effort to gain a big foothold in the coveted vaccine business.

TOKYO - Japan imposed a record 40 percent tax hike on cigarettes in a bid to curb the nation's smoking rate - the highest among major industrialized nations.

WASHINGTON - The Senate will consider a food safety bill after the November elections that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent foodborne illness.

RICHMOND, Va. - Tobacco maker Star Scientific Inc.
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