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Patients left in limbo as more doctors flee Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Wanda Serrano arrived at Puerto Rico's largest public hospital before dawn to take her 17-year-old son to an appointment. Six hours later, they were still in the packed waiting room hoping to see a doctor....

The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy


More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor....

Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch - like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel....

Cholesterol test for 1-year-olds? Study says it could help


What if a blood test could reveal that your child is at high risk for early heart disease years in the future, giving you a chance to prevent it now? A big study in England did that - screening thousands of babies for inherited risk - and found it was twice as common as has been thought....

UN expert: Junk food is a human rights concern


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. expert says junk food is a human rights concern....

Girls & autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk


CHICAGO (AP) -- Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition....

Pediatricians: Babies should sleep in same room as parents


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents' bedroom at night for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sleep-related death....

Experts hope mosquito-borne bacteria can beat the Zika virus


LONDON (AP) -- Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases....

Gates Foundation gives University of Washington $210 million


SEATTLE (AP) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide, officials said Tuesday....

US Embassy issues last-minute visa to ailing Pakistani girl


ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has issued a last minute-visa to an ailing 6-year-old Pakistani girl desperately in need of surgery in the United States....