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Ohio lawmakers pass Republican 20-week abortion ban proposal

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:02:43 GMT2016-12-09T01:02:43Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected....



The Latest: House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:38:37 GMT2016-12-09T00:38:37Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on a proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):...



A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:02:32 GMT2016-12-09T00:02:32Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever....



US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:41:35 GMT2016-12-08T23:41:35Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago....



California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:10:16 GMT2016-12-08T22:10:16Z

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery and are recovering "quite well," officials said Thursday....



Surgeon General sounding alarm on teens' use of e-cigarettes

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:50:51 GMT2016-12-08T19:50:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth....



Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:41:45 GMT2016-12-08T16:41:45Z

PARIS (AP) -- Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because of the pollution....



Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:21:55 GMT2016-12-08T12:21:55Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men....



Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:08:00 GMT2016-12-08T00:08:00Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state....



Protect against carbon monoxide as researchers hunt antidote

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:13:51 GMT2016-12-07T23:13:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected "scavenger" that promises to trap and remove the gas from blood within minutes. It's very early-stage research - but a reminder that, however it turns out, there are steps people should take now to protect themselves from this silent killer....



Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:39:28 GMT2016-12-07T20:39:28Z

Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage?...



GNC agrees to changes to avoid sale of unlawful products

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:23:29 GMT2016-12-07T19:23:29Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Federal authorities say nutritional supplement retailer GNC Holdings has agreed to alter its practices to avoid selling unlawful dietary products....



Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:03:21 GMT2016-12-07T19:03:21Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday....



Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:24:16 GMT2016-12-07T09:24:16Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup....



Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor's desk

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:42:05 GMT2016-12-07T03:42:05Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected is headed to the governor's desk....



The Latest: Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:36:49 GMT2016-12-07T03:36:49Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on the "heartbeat bill" that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. (all times local):...



Illinois man who faked Canada link gets 5 years in prison

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:47:09 GMT2016-12-06T22:47:09Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- An Illinois man who forged the signature of the Canadian deputy health commissioner and defrauded investors was sentenced in New York to five years in prison Tuesday....



Researchers fret as info lags on pot effects on older adults

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:28:06 GMT2016-12-06T22:28:06Z

DENVER (AP) -- Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana - a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users....



Naomi Judd reveals 'severe depression' diagnosis

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:14:36 GMT2016-12-06T18:14:36Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Naomi Judd has opened up about her battle with depression....



OSCE helps Albania dispose of toxic chemicals

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:37:59 GMT2016-12-06T11:37:59Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- A European security organization says it has helped Albania's army dispose of 140 metric tons of hazardous military chemicals....



Many smartphone health apps don't flag danger, says review

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:09:15 GMT2016-12-05T23:09:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Don't count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don't warn when you're in danger....



Ex-firefighter gets prison for holding colleagues hostage

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:06:52 GMT2016-12-05T22:06:52Z

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A former firefighter who held four colleagues hostage at gunpoint after he was terminated from the suburban Philadelphia department where they all volunteered has been sentenced to at least a decade in prison....



Correction: Medical Marijuana-New York story

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:51:51 GMT2016-12-05T21:51:51Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- In a story Dec. 4 about New York state's medical marijuana program, The Associated Press reported erroneously on where Columbia Care NY operates dispensaries, in addition to one in Manhattan. The company also operates a dispensary on Long Island and two in upstate New York, not three in upstate New York....



Goals missed on obesity, food poisoning, despite gov't push

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:53:20 GMT2016-12-05T19:53:20Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation's top public health agency....



Appeals court agrees to delay GOP lawsuit over health law

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:27:36 GMT2016-12-05T19:27:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has agreed to delay consideration of a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers over the Obama health care law. President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress plan to repeal and replace the law....



Can't buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:10:21 GMT2016-12-05T17:10:21Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Imagine not being able to afford one of life's great pleasures - sex....



VA dentist accused of using improperly cleaned tools resigns

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:16:58 GMT2016-12-05T14:16:58Z

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) -- A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment....



Obama: Health care act is law, US can't go backward

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:06:28 GMT2016-12-02T23:06:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is urging the public to help save his health care law, which is in serious danger of being repealed under President-elect Donald Trump....



Another Zika zone cleared as Art Basel opens in Miami

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:44:36 GMT2016-12-02T20:44:36Z

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state's Department of Health has cleared Miami's Little River area of local Zika transmission....



Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:29:50 GMT2016-12-02T19:29:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers....



Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:16:09 GMT2016-12-02T18:16:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare - and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans....



More people sickened by community Thanksgiving meal surface

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:14:35 GMT2016-12-02T16:14:35Z

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two more people have come forward to report they were sickened after eating a community Thanksgiving dinner in the San Francisco Bay Area....



Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:07:41 GMT2016-12-02T08:07:41Z

YABED, West Bank (AP) -- For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers....



For one Egyptian with HIV, the stigma is too much to bear

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:44 GMT2016-12-01T17:07:44Z

CAIRO (AP) -- In his bedroom, there's a drawer full of his medications - along with CDs of a popular Egyptian Muslim preacher. On the walls of the home are two paintings by his father. They've had a strained relationship. He opens an album and shows pictures of his mother....



Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:21:13 GMT2016-12-01T16:21:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll....



Ohio pulls license of 1 of state's last few abortion clinics

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:17:28 GMT2016-12-01T16:17:28Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio has revoked the operating license of one of the state's few remaining abortion clinics on the grounds that it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies....



Q&A: Can my employer fire me for legally using marijuana?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:12:24 GMT2016-12-01T14:12:24Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Changing marijuana laws aren't necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace....



NY court hears appeal against salt-warning fines

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:22:01 GMT2016-11-30T22:22:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- An appeals court has heard arguments on New York City's first-of-its-kind rule that requires chain restaurants to use menu icons to warn patrons of salty foods....



Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:30:17 GMT2016-11-30T18:30:17Z

SOSHANGUVE, South Africa (AP) -- The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began in South Africa on Wednesday, as scientists test a beefed-up version of the only shot ever to show a glimmer of protection....



Invasive strep outbreak claims lives of 4 Alaskans

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:24:29 GMT2016-11-30T00:24:29Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Four Alaskans have died this year in an outbreak of invasive strep bacteria that has mostly affected the homeless and Alaska Natives in the state's two largest cities, the state's epidemiologist said Tuesday....



Q&A: A look at Texas' first homegrown case of Zika

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:17:30 GMT2016-11-29T22:17:30Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Health officials are going door-to-door in the Texas neighborhood of a woman who is believed to be the first person to contract the Zika virus by getting bitten by a mosquito in that state....



GOP could repeal, before replacing, Obamacare

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:12:53 GMT2016-11-29T22:12:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress may vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law before coming up with a replacement, GOP leaders said Tuesday....



Health nominee Price may find that changing HHS isn't easy

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:57:25 GMT2016-11-29T20:57:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As an orthopedic surgeon, Tom Price is used to calling the shots in the operating room. If confirmed to run the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the doctor-turned-congressman from Georgia may find it a lot harder to exercise authority....



Drug epidemic stalls HIV decline in whites who shoot up

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:34:14 GMT2016-11-29T19:34:14Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation's drug abuse epidemic....



Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:20:17 GMT2016-11-29T19:20:17Z

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A multistate outbreak of salmonella bacteria that is resistant to several drugs has been linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in Wisconsin, according to federal and state health officials....



HHS nominee Price opposes Obamacare, backs Medicare vouchers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:47:17 GMT2016-11-29T17:47:17Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As a congressman, Georgia Republican Tom Price has been thwarted in his hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and transform Medicare into a voucher-like program for future participants....



Romanian doctors charged over acquisition of burns equipment

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:51:22 GMT2016-11-29T14:51:22Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian anti-corruption authorities have charged the head of a burns' unit with abusing his position, saying the hospital bought equipment at inflated prices which it didn't use....



Trump picks Price as HHS secretary; Democrats blast choice

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:13:20 GMT2016-11-29T13:13:20Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. A key Senate Democrat immediately criticized the choice....



Death toll from Australia's thunderstorm asthma reaches 8

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:47:22 GMT2016-11-29T07:47:22Z

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- More than a week after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city the death toll has risen to eight with one other person on life support, officials said on Tuesday....



Highly-contagious bird flu found in Japan, culling start

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:37:47 GMT2016-11-29T04:37:47Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese health authorities have confirmed a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry in two prefectures in northern Japan, with culling of hundreds of thousands of birds starting Tuesday at the affected farms....



Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:45:45 GMT2016-11-28T22:45:45Z

DALLAS (AP) -- Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state....



Obama's rough ride on health care offers lessons for Trump

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:27:32 GMT2016-11-28T08:27:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama took on the problems of a lack of access to health care and high cost, but he and Democrats paid a political price. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to undo much of what Obama put in place, and pledged to make the system better....



Republican states that expanded Medicaid want it kept

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:40:03 GMT2016-11-27T18:40:03Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought her own Republican party in the state Legislature for months to push through a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act....



Johnson & Johnson in early talks to buy drugmaker Actelion

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:09:34 GMT2016-11-25T18:09:34Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson is in early talks to buy the Swiss drugmaker Actelion Pharmaceuticals....