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18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:35:42 GMT2017-01-17T23:35:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday....



McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:18:32 GMT2017-01-17T22:18:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years....



Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:10:50 GMT2017-01-17T21:10:50Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill themselves with a gun. But now two unlikely allies - the gun industry and a leading suicide prevention group - are coming together to tackle it....



UnitedHealth looks beyond insurance to help fuel 4Q growth

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:00:17 GMT2017-01-17T21:00:17Z

The nation's biggest health insurer made most of its money in the fourth quarter by selling things other than health insurance....



Mexican governor: kids were given water instead of medicine

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:24:43 GMT2017-01-17T18:24:43Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A governor in Mexico says state-run hospitals apparently gave children water instead of chemotherapy treatments....



88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:46:24 GMT2017-01-17T13:46:24Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date....



Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:35:43 GMT2017-01-16T00:35:43Z

WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition....



Ambulance company to pay $12.7M over Medicare billing claims

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:53:59 GMT2017-01-14T02:53:59Z

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- An ambulance company that operates in Massachusetts says it'll pay nearly $13 million to settle claims it fraudulently billed Medicare....



In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:32:03 GMT2017-01-13T21:32:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul....



Sick kitty: NYC quarantines 500 felines fearing the flu

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:59:01 GMT2017-01-13T15:59:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of homeless New York City cats have been quarantined after health officials discovered many infected with a strand of bird flu....



Trump's HHS pick will sell off stock to avoid conflicts

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:22:41 GMT2017-01-12T21:22:41Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top health official will sell off stock holdings to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to government documents released Thursday....



The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:12:38 GMT2017-01-12T20:12:38Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks....



Congress takes first steps to dismantle health care law

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:33:15 GMT2017-01-12T19:33:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Republicans are taking the first steps toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, facing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move quickly on a replacement....



Court upholds state's law on buffers around abortion clinics

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:25:27 GMT2017-01-12T19:25:27Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law allowing buffer zones around abortion clinics that supporters say protect women from harassment....



CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:02:46 GMT2017-01-12T16:02:46Z

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers....



Governor says there's less of him to hate: He lost 50 pounds

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:55:19 GMT2017-01-12T01:55:19Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage says he had weight loss surgery and jokes now "there's 50 less pounds of me to hate."...



No sign of Japan-related radiation found in Alaska waters

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:40:16 GMT2017-01-12T01:40:16Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant....



Man accused in hospital hacking ends 100-day hunger strike

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:45:23 GMT2017-01-12T00:45:23Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A man awaiting trial in the 2014 hacking of a Boston hospital's computer network says he's ending a hunger strike after 100 days....



Correction: Drug Prices-Johnson & Johnson story

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:16:49 GMT2017-01-11T21:16:49Z

In a story Jan. 10 about Johnson & Johnson's plans to disclose some information on its prescription drug price increases, The Associated Press reported erroneously the use of the company's drug Xarelto. It is used to prevent strokes, not heart attacks....



Massachusetts weighs doing away with winter time shift

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:13:27 GMT2017-01-11T21:13:27Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Lacking authority to change the laws of physics to allow more sunlight on the darkest days of winter, a special commission is instead considering whether Massachusetts should change the laws of man and observe daylight saving time year-round....



Trump picks Veterans Affairs insider to lead troubled agency

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:55:47 GMT2017-01-11T20:55:47Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official to lead a beleaguered agency struggling to meet the health needs of millions of veterans....



Carter: Guinea worm disease reported in 3 countries in 2016

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:26:25 GMT2017-01-11T20:26:25Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016....



Cop gets surgeon, liver to emergency transplant after crash

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:30:42 GMT2017-01-11T19:30:42Z

DENVER, Pa. (AP) -- A police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant....



Angola announces first 2 cases of Zika, but strain not clear

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:03:27 GMT2017-01-11T17:03:27Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Angola has announced its first two cases of the Zika virus, but it is not clear whether the strain is the one spreading through the Americas....



Hospitalized Texas baby soothed by Dallas Cowboys games

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:22:44 GMT2017-01-11T15:22:44Z

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The parents of a Texas baby hospitalized with a congenital heart defect are turning to an unlikely source to soothe her: the Dallas Cowboys....



Despite suffering without doctors, Kenyans support strike

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:16 GMT2017-01-11T13:49:16Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A wave of contractions forces Sharon Andisi to crouch by the dusty taxi rank outside a hospital. Although she is about to give birth, she has just been turned away from Kenya's only public maternity hospital because of a month-long strike by state doctors....



Philippines to intensify drive offering free contraceptives

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:46:53 GMT2017-01-11T09:46:53Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church and pro-life groups....



3 Italian doctors suspended for tending ER patients on floor

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:35:42 GMT2017-01-10T21:35:42Z

ROME (AP) -- Three doctors at a Naples-area hospital have been suspended for treating emergency room patients while they were lying on the floor....



Obama health law posts solid sign-ups despite GOP repeal vow

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:27:52 GMT2017-01-10T19:27:52Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress may be moving to repeal "Obamacare," but millions of people are still signing up. The administration said Tuesday that 11.5 million enrolled nationwide through Dec. 24, ahead of last year's pace....



AP FACT CHECK: Despite woes Obamacare not in 'death spiral'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:53:46 GMT2017-01-10T08:53:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump says that President Barack Obama's health care law "will fall of its own weight."...



Q&A: A look at presidential farewell speeches

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:14:45 GMT2017-01-10T08:14:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The farewell address President Barack Obama plans to deliver Tuesday will continue a tradition established by the nation's first president more than two centuries ago....



Lawyers trade blame in meningitis outbreak trial

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:42:19 GMT2017-01-09T22:42:19Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 put "profits over patients" and ignored repeated warning signs that drugs manufactured by his company were being contaminated by mold, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in a federal racketeering trial....



Takeda Pharmaceutical to buy Ariad in $4.7 billion cash deal

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:52:54 GMT2017-01-09T17:52:54Z

Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical has agreed to buy U.S. cancer drug developer Ariad Pharmaceuticals in a $4.7 billion deal....



GOP turns to arcane budget process to repeal Obamacare

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:54:51 GMT2017-01-09T16:54:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Yes, Donald Trump is taking charge and Republicans control both the House and Senate, having won an election promising to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law....



It's all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:13:12 GMT2017-01-09T16:13:12Z

Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests....



UnitedHealth buying Surgical Care for $2.3 billion

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:56:04 GMT2017-01-09T12:56:04Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- UnitedHealth Group is buying surgical center operator Surgical Care Affiliates for about $2.3 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that will add to its outpatient holdings....



German lawmaker's sex-on-prescription idea draws criticism

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:40:33 GMT2017-01-09T10:40:33Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German opposition lawmaker's suggestion that authorities could subsidize paid sex for patients who require nursing care has drawn a critical reception....



State GOP wary as Republicans push repeal of health law

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:10:33 GMT2017-01-09T10:10:33Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Congressional Republicans' drive to repeal the 2010 health care law has financial and political repercussions for GOP leaders in the states and gives Democrats potential openings as they struggle to reclaim power lost during President Barack Obama's tenure....



GOP lawmakers vow quick action to enact new health care law

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:43:03 GMT2017-01-08T19:43:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Republicans said Sunday they'll move quickly to enact a new health care law, but they won't say how long that might take or what might replace President Barack Obama's version....



As trial begins, details on fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:20:11 GMT2017-01-08T13:20:11Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A national meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened hundreds more will be in the spotlight this week as a former co-owner of the compounding pharmacy blamed for the crisis goes on trial in federal court in Boston....



Obama derides 'reckless' plan to repeal now, replace later

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:21:16 GMT2017-01-06T13:21:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama derided as "reckless" on Friday a Republican plan to repeal his health care law now and replace it later, predicting that the replacement may never come....



DEA ramping up China activity with visit, planned expansion

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:02:06 GMT2017-01-06T13:02:06Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to open a new office in southern China and, at China's invitation, is sending its top administrator to visit next week for the first time in more than a decade, signs of growing concern about China's role in the global drug trade....



South Korean executives jailed for humidifier cleaner deaths

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:42:15 GMT2017-01-06T06:42:15Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court sentenced the former head of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser to seven years in prison Friday after the company's disinfectant for humidifiers killed scores of people and left hundreds with permanent lung damage....



Mother pleads guilty in baby's starvation death

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:42:05 GMT2017-01-06T00:42:05Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman charged in the starvation death of one of her 5-month-old twin daughters has pleaded guilty....



The Latest: Sued hospital says it follows religious guide

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:43:33 GMT2017-01-05T23:43:33Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Latest on a lawsuit filed by a transgender man who says a Roman Catholic hospital wouldn't perform a hysterectomy procedure on him (all times local):...



AP FACT CHECK: No evidence to back claim of VapoRub death

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:42:18 GMT2017-01-05T20:42:18Z

A viral Facebook post claims a 2-year-old boy died after his mother applied Vicks VapoRub to his skin, but the manufacturer and authorities in U.S. and Mexico say they have no record of such a death....



Minnesota pedestrian death spike illustrates grim US trend

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:08:14 GMT2017-01-05T20:08:14Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Pedestrian deaths spiked to a 25-year high in Minnesota in 2016, illustrating what's been a grim upward trend across the country in recent years. Experts tie it to more people driving and to more distractions such as smartphones that draw the attention of drivers and pedestrians away from the road....



New advice: Peanuts in baby's diet can prevent scary allergy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:39:51 GMT2017-01-05T19:39:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods - starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic....



Jury: DuPont should pay Ohio man $10.5M more in cancer suit

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:57:18 GMT2017-01-05T18:57:18Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal jury says DuPont should pay an additional $10.5 million in damages to an Ohio man who says he got testicular cancer because of a chemical used to make Teflon....



Transgender man: Catholic hospital denied my hysterectomy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:11:17 GMT2017-01-05T18:11:17Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A transgender man sued a Roman Catholic hospital Thursday, saying it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of his sex transition....



Tips for giving babies peanut-based foods to prevent allergy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:51:45 GMT2017-01-05T16:51:45Z

New national guidelines say parents can protect their children from becoming allergic to peanuts by feeding them peanut-containing foods as early as 4 to 6 months of age....



Duck cull in France's foie gras region to contain bird flu

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:53:20 GMT2017-01-05T13:53:20Z

PARIS (AP) -- French authorities started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region on Thursday to try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu....



AP FACT CHECK: Trump's hit-and-miss 'Obamacare' tweet

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:00:32 GMT2017-01-04T20:00:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taking a swipe at "Obamacare" on Twitter, President-elect Donald Trump correctly identified two of its most pressing problems - a spike in premiums and high deductibles. But he failed to acknowledge the subsidies that soften the hit for many consumers, though not all....



Health overhaul revisited: The impact of some GOP ideas

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:01:48 GMT2017-01-04T18:01:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are far from consensus on how they would replace President Barack Obama's health care law, which reduced the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low around 9 percent but failed to win broad public support....