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Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:39:49 GMT2017-02-25T17:39:49Z

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding....



Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:41:01 GMT2017-02-25T16:41:01Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed....



Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:40:54 GMT2017-02-25T16:40:54Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....



Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:11:54 GMT2017-02-24T23:11:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners....



VW makes $5.4 billion profit in 2016, limits executive pay

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:04:55 GMT2017-02-24T21:04:55Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Volkswagen bounced back into the black in 2016 after suffering a loss the previous year due to the diesel emissions scandal, according to figures released by the German automaker Friday....



Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:17:50 GMT2017-02-24T10:17:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Add Medicaid expansion to the list of Obama-era health care provisions that Americans want to keep. A new poll finds that 8 in 10 say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for some 11 million low-income people....



Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:48:05 GMT2017-02-24T07:48:05Z

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the medical risks to a woman, by requiring doctors to deliver the fetus and try to save it....



Austria's health minister dies of cancer at age 53

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:17:59 GMT2017-02-23T20:17:59Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's Heath Ministry says the country's health minister, Sabine Oberhauser, has died at age 53....



Professor has taken a selfie every day for the past 30 years

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:27:40 GMT2017-02-23T14:27:40Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it every day for the next three decades....



Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:43:40 GMT2017-02-22T23:43:40Z

LONDON (AP) -- Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study....



Anorexic, bulimic woman who fought force-feeding dies at 30

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:36:58 GMT2017-02-22T21:36:58Z

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- An anorexic and bulimic woman who petitioned a court to refuse force-feeding has died three months after a judge granted her request....



Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:34:16 GMT2017-02-22T20:34:16Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called "abortion reversal."...



Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:54:16 GMT2017-02-22T19:54:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection....



Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:03:08 GMT2017-02-22T17:03:08Z

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you....



New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:32:48 GMT2017-02-22T16:32:48Z

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape....



'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:56:04 GMT2017-02-22T13:56:04Z

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis....



Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:57:50 GMT2017-02-22T08:57:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says....



State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:38:34 GMT2017-02-22T01:38:34Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem....



Life expectancy to keep rising; S. Korean women could hit 91

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:46:47 GMT2017-02-21T23:46:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- A new study predicts most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030....



Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:25:12 GMT2017-02-21T22:25:12Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals....



Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:54:39 GMT2017-02-21T21:54:39Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements....



Correction: Suicidal Teens-Marriage Laws story

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:10:13 GMT2017-02-21T21:10:13Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- In a story Feb. 20 about same-sex marriage laws and teen suicides, The Associated Press, relying on figures published in a JAMA Pediatrics study, reported erroneously the number of surveyed students who said they were gay, lesbian or bisexual. Johns Hopkins researcher Julia Raifman said Tuesday that the number was 26,252, not about 230,000....



McAuliffe vetoes bill cutting abortion clinics' funding

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:37:13 GMT2017-02-21T19:37:13Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have restricted funding for Planned Parenthood clinics....



School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:10:20 GMT2017-02-21T19:10:20Z

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) -- Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza....



Mosquito saliva vaccine? NIH tests new way to fight illness

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:49:30 GMT2017-02-21T17:49:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine - one that acts against the bugs' saliva....



'Abortion reversal' bill clears Indiana panel for 2nd time

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:27 GMT2017-02-21T15:15:27Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indiana House panel has approved an amended version of a measure it passed last week that would require abortion providers to give women considering drug-induced abortions information on stopping the procedure midway - even though that process is scientifically disputed....



UN health agency 'vigilant' about China bird flu outbreak

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:13:14 GMT2017-02-21T13:13:14Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization says an increase in bird flu cases in China this year has not shown sustained human-to-human transmission, but it vows to remain "vigilant" over the puzzling outbreak in which affected fowl don't show any symptoms....



Cases involving alleged drug theft at VA health facilities

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:08:18 GMT2017-02-21T08:08:18Z

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff - mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system - had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared....



In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:05:46 GMT2017-02-21T06:05:46Z

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait's first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors - but only to Kuwaiti citizens....



Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:18:54 GMT2017-02-20T22:18:54Z

DALLAS (AP) -- A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries....



APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:40:44 GMT2017-02-20T15:40:44Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures....



Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:56:54 GMT2017-02-20T14:56:54Z

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Dr. Scarlett Gard's passion for humanitarian work took her to India and Bangladesh. After finishing her medical training, she set off for a place she knew had a diverse population in need of doctors: western Kansas....



Penn State students raise $10 million-plus in dance marathon

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:27:16 GMT2017-02-19T22:27:16Z

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of hardy Penn State students raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon....



Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:53:35 GMT2017-02-19T03:53:35Z

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem....



Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:07:37 GMT2017-02-18T08:07:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies - and recording their attempts....



AP Exclusive: Twin tragedies give survivor a new face

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:55:37 GMT2017-02-17T22:55:37Z

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man....



AP Explains: Why there's a US surge in mumps despite vaccine

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:06:18 GMT2017-02-17T22:06:18Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fifty years ago, mumps was once a childhood rite of passage of puffy cheeks and swollen jaws. That all changed with the arrival of a vaccine in the late 1960s, and mumps nearly disappeared....



Tanzania s

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:04:06 GMT2017-02-17T10:04:06Z

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- Tanzania's government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals in a country where gay sex is criminalized....



China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:31:45 GMT2017-02-17T07:31:45Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people....



Are face transplants still research, or regular care?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:04:17 GMT2017-02-17T07:04:17Z

Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, something insurers should cover? Mayo Clinic has raised that question by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research....



Twin tragedies give survivor a new face - and a new life

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:28:31 GMT2017-02-17T06:28:31Z

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man....



Highlights of House GOP health care overhaul proposal

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:53:37 GMT2017-02-16T23:53:37Z

House Republican leaders shared general descriptions Thursday with rank-and-file lawmakers of how they'd propose replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, with little detail. Highlights are based on a document distributed to legislators obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with lawmakers, aides and lobbyists:...



Court: Florida doctors can ask patients about guns

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:22:09 GMT2017-02-16T22:22:09Z

MIAMI (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Florida doctors can talk to patients about gun safety, declaring a law aimed at restricting such discussions a violation of the First Amendment's right to free speech....



Trump health pick says Medicaid needs a major overhaul

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:07:35 GMT2017-02-16T21:07:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's pick to run the government's major health insurance programs said Thursday that Medicaid needs a full overhaul but she doesn't support turning Medicare into a "voucher" plan....



Colorado warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:07:26 GMT2017-02-16T20:07:26Z

DENVER (AP) -- At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already....



US flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:42:42 GMT2017-02-16T19:42:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- This season's flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that's going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday....



The Latest: Health nominee says no to vouchers for Medicare

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:28:20 GMT2017-02-16T17:28:20Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (all times local):...



France adopts law against misleading anti-abortion websites

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:31:28 GMT2017-02-16T15:31:28Z

PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament has approved a bill criminalizing websites that carry purposely false information with the aim of dissuading women from having abortions....



They're not dentists. Would you let them fill your cavities?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:19:12 GMT2017-02-16T14:19:12Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job....



Nigerian leader extends sick leave abroad as citizens suffer

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:17:55 GMT2017-02-16T11:17:55Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's nearly month-long medical leave in London is a sharp reminder to taxpayers that while they finance their leaders' health care abroad, they often are stuck with decrepit, ill-staffed government health facilities at home....



German company gets boost in faulty breast implant ruling

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:46:46 GMT2017-02-16T10:46:46Z

PARIS (AP) -- The European Court of Justice says a German product-testing company is not necessarily liable for faulty French breast implants sold to thousands of women around the world....



Fire alarm, protests disrupt ex-pharma exec Shkreli's talk

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:07:27 GMT2017-02-16T07:07:27Z

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- A fire alarm rang out moments before indicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was to speak at Harvard University, briefly delaying an appearance that also was disrupted by student protests....



NYC officials: 1 person dies, 2 ill from rat-related disease

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:20:31 GMT2017-02-16T04:20:31Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City health department officials are targeting a Bronx neighborhood after one person died and two others became severely ill from contracting a rare disease transmitted by rats....



No Valentine's Day love: 2 big insurance deals appear off

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:02:32 GMT2017-02-16T02:02:32Z

It was a rough Valentine's Day for the U.S. health insurance industry....



Harvard students protest ex-pharma exec Shkreli's talk

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:31:28 GMT2017-02-16T00:31:28Z

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Harvard students are protesting a campus appearance by indicted former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli....



Kids with ADHD have some smaller brain regions than normal

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:41:19 GMT2017-02-15T23:41:19Z

LONDON (AP) -- Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says....



US report: Trend of rising health care spending back to stay

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:00:23 GMT2017-02-15T21:00:23Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government experts say the nation's problem with rising health care spending is back and here to stay....



Couple charged in child's death give up custody of 6 kids

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:49:41 GMT2017-02-15T20:49:41Z

READING, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania couple charged in the pneumonia death of their 2-year-old daughter have agreed to give up custody of their six other children, their attorney said....



Surgeons rude to patients may pose problem in OR, study says

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:20:24 GMT2017-02-15T18:20:24Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications....



2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:19:33 GMT2017-02-15T16:19:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday....



Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:52:17 GMT2017-02-15T14:52:17Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS says it's following President Donald Trump's executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines....



WHO declares end to yellow fever outbreak in Congo, Angola

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:02:07 GMT2017-02-15T14:02:07Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization has declared an end to the yellow fever outbreak that killed about 400 people in Congo and Angola, calling it "one of the largest and most challenging" in recent years....



Insurer Humana bails on ACA exchange business for 2018

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:18:19 GMT2017-02-14T22:18:19Z

Health insurer Humana is leaving the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges for next year as it regroups after ending its proposed combination with rival insurer Aetna....



Melania Trump says she'll keep predecessor's produce garden

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:47:28 GMT2017-02-14T21:47:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama's garden stays....



No further penalty for nurse who let patient go in snowstorm

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:24:31 GMT2017-02-14T21:24:31Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine officials have lost their effort to impose a greater penalty on a nurse whose license was suspended after he let a disoriented patient leave a hospital during a snowstorm....



Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:24:09 GMT2017-02-14T21:24:09Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline....



Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnant women are 'hosts' comment

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:47:04 GMT2017-02-14T20:47:04Z

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who defended his description of pregnant women as "hosts" won approval Tuesday for his bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first receive written consent from the father....



Cigna rejects $48 billion Anthem takeover, sues for damages

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:31:44 GMT2017-02-14T20:31:44Z

Cigna says it is rejecting Anthem's proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer....



Catholic hospital denies unfair bias against transgender man

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:42:27 GMT2017-02-14T18:42:27Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Catholic hospital denies that it unfairly discriminated against a transgender man who sued after the hospital refused to allow a surgeon to remove the man's uterus as part of his sex transition....



Study: Most Texas school districts have scant sex education

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:30:20 GMT2017-02-14T18:30:20Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- More than four-fifths of school districts offer no sex education or only teach abstinence in Texas, which has one of the country's highest teen birth rates, according to a study released Tuesday....



Czech president, chain smoker, approves smoking ban in bars

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:32:52 GMT2017-02-14T13:32:52Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- President Milos Zeman has put to an end the Czech Republic's status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe....



Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:13:55 GMT2017-02-14T13:13:55Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal....



A look at taxes imposed by Obama's health care law

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:35:03 GMT2017-02-13T08:35:03Z

A look at the $1.1 trillion in taxes over 10 years imposed by former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The revenue helped pay for the law's expansion of coverage to millions of Americans....



GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:33:53 GMT2017-02-13T08:33:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to finance its expanded coverage for millions of Americans....