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Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:18:37 GMT2017-04-28T19:18:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns....



US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:14:59 GMT2017-04-28T18:14:59Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it....



Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:56:44 GMT2017-04-28T17:56:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem's bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers....



Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:10:46 GMT2017-04-28T17:10:46Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services....



Diners may have to wait longer for restaurant calorie counts

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:39:00 GMT2017-04-28T16:39:00Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers hoping to find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait - again....



UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:49:17 GMT2017-04-28T14:49:17Z

LONDON (AP) -- A prominent breast surgeon whose victims accused him of playing God with their lives faces a life sentence after a jury convicted him Friday of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his victims for life....



11 dead of mystery illness in Liberia as Ebola is ruled out

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:47:06 GMT2017-04-28T14:47:06Z

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- United Nations officials say at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus....



Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:20 GMT2017-04-28T07:36:20Z

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law....



Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:48 GMT2017-04-28T03:00:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday - President Donald Trump's 100th day in office....



Correction: Shenandoah River-Pollution story

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:20:37 GMT2017-04-27T21:20:37Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- In a story April 26 about a report on pollution in the Shenandoah River, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has 3,500 farmer members. The organization says it has approximately 35,000 farmer members....



New Mexico city seeks sugary drink tax

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:54:50 GMT2017-04-27T18:54:50Z

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast....



Spain offers to host EU medicines agency after Brexit

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:06:28 GMT2017-04-27T15:06:28Z

MADRID (AP) -- Competition is heating up among European Union countries hoping to reap some of the benefits of Britain's exit from the EU, with Spain joining the list of nations bidding to host the bloc's medicines oversight body....



Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:23:32 GMT2017-04-27T00:23:32Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone....



The Latest: California universal health measure advances

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:43 GMT2017-04-27T00:00:43Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal (all times local):...



The Latest: Nurses back health care for all in California

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:03:23 GMT2017-04-26T23:03:23Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal (all times local):...



No verdict yet in eye doctor's $105M Medicare fraud case

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:56:01 GMT2017-04-26T22:56:01Z

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A jury has failed to reach a verdict on the first day of deliberations in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent Florida eye doctor who is accused separately of bribing a U.S. senator....



California considers remaking health care to dump insurers

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:09:47 GMT2017-04-26T22:09:47Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone....



Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:30:32 GMT2017-04-26T20:30:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. The broader bill would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul....



Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:59:55 GMT2017-04-26T18:59:55Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages....



Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:53:53 GMT2017-04-26T18:53:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public....



Insurer Anthem hands feds deadline on crucial ACA subsidies

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:01:14 GMT2017-04-26T17:01:14Z

Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining chip....



Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:31:41 GMT2017-04-26T15:31:41Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies - and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work....



Azerbaijan former minister sentenced to 3 more years

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:03:21 GMT2017-04-26T15:03:21Z

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned since 2005 has been sentenced to seven more years behind bars....



Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:58:16 GMT2017-04-26T11:58:16Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030....



Foster mom convicted in child's high chair death is released

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:22:13 GMT2017-04-25T23:22:13Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A former Maine health official accused of binding her 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape and convicted of manslaughter in the child's death has been released from prison....



'Superbug' fungus new menace in US hospitals, mostly NY, NJ

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:53:17 GMT2017-04-25T21:53:17Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 'superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey....



FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:44:49 GMT2017-04-25T18:44:49Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat, diagnose or prevent cancer....



Insurer Centene commits to shaky ACA exchanges for 2018

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:20:57 GMT2017-04-25T18:20:57Z

One health insurer is eager to dive back into the Affordable Care Act's troubled insurance exchanges next year, even as competitors waver and President Donald Trump tweets doom about the law's future....



Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:09:55 GMT2017-04-25T16:09:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities....



Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:04:03 GMT2017-04-25T11:04:03Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers....



Transplant novel 'Mend the Living' wins Wellcome book prize

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:16:41 GMT2017-04-24T18:16:41Z

LONDON (AP) -- A novel that explores the human side of organ transplantation through the story of a single heart won the medically themed Wellcome Trust Book Prize on Monday....



Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:00:49 GMT2017-04-24T18:00:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago....



APNewsBreak: 4 inmates overdose in 2 days at Ohio prison

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:58:46 GMT2017-04-24T16:58:46Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Four inmates overdosed in two days at the same Ohio prison earlier this year, requiring the use of CPR and doses of an anti-overdose drug as guards scrambled to revive the men, according to state prison records....



Medical tech firm Becton Dickinson to buy C.R. Bard for $24B

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:51:15 GMT2017-04-23T22:51:15Z

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. (AP) -- Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Co. says it has reached an agreement to buy competitor C.R. Bard Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $24 billion....



Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:45:26 GMT2017-04-23T00:45:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall....



APNewsBreak: Problems remain at troubled Washington hospital

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:51:47 GMT2017-04-22T18:51:47Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- Inspectors who visited Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients....



Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:15:19 GMT2017-04-22T15:15:19Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General....



After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:38:17 GMT2017-04-22T10:38:17Z

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Drawn-out deaths. Communities torn apart. Survivor's guilt. Patrick Fallah says his memories of the days when the Ebola virus swept through Liberia are so awful that he sometimes has trouble focusing on the present....



Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:47:25 GMT2017-04-22T06:47:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April....



FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:52:57 GMT2017-04-21T21:52:57Z

Federal regulators on Friday approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders....



Italy upholds vaccine requirements for preschoolers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:46:43 GMT2017-04-21T19:46:43Z

ROME (AP) -- Italy's top administrative body has rejected a challenge to mandatory vaccines for children attending preschool....



Judge: Parents of boy hurt by forceps delivery get $42M

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:55:32 GMT2017-04-21T18:55:32Z

A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries allegedly caused by a doctor who used forceps during his birth....



Germ in raw milk, poultry now

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:12:29 GMT2017-04-20T23:12:29Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list....



FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:33:13 GMT2017-04-20T19:33:13Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkillers due to risks of slowed breathing and death....



Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:24:32 GMT2017-04-20T18:24:32Z

MILAN (AP) -- A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone....



Jury sides with Petco in death of boy from rat-bite fever

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:21:34 GMT2017-04-20T18:21:34Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A San Diego jury has sided with Petco in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from bacteria from a rat purchased from the retailer....



Niger declares hepatitis E epidemic in Diffa region

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:13:33 GMT2017-04-20T17:13:33Z

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Niger's Ministry of Health has declared an epidemic of hepatitis E in the Diffa region, where 25 people have died among the 86 cases recorded since the beginning of April....



Q&A: Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:42:45 GMT2017-04-20T14:42:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?...



Feds to provide $485M in grants to combat opioid epidemic

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:43:07 GMT2017-04-19T22:43:07Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- The federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described Wednesday as a "crisis."...



Dental clinic where children got infections can reopen

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:55:19 GMT2017-04-19T14:55:19Z

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California dental clinic where nearly 70 kids contracted serious infections has received permission from health officials to reopen....



Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:46:59 GMT2017-04-18T21:46:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS "MinuteClinics" to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs....



Feds practice Ebola evacuations despite past Trump criticism

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:24:51 GMT2017-04-18T20:24:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama's decision to bring patients with Ebola to the United States for treatment in 2014. Now that Trump is president, his administration is preparing for similar, and possibly larger-scale, evacuations....



Theranos agrees to pay $4.65 million in Arizona refunds

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:54:41 GMT2017-04-18T19:54:41Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- Embattled blood testing company Theranos, Inc. has agreed to pay $4.65 million to cover full refunds for every Arizona customer who used the company's testing services, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Tuesday....



Johnson & Johnson says pricing competition squeezed 1Q sales

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:19:35 GMT2017-04-18T15:19:35Z

Increased pressure to cut medicine prices and an industry-wide slowdown in consumer health product sales is hurting health care giant Johnson & Johnson....



Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:15:13 GMT2017-04-17T19:15:13Z

DENVER (AP) -- Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday....



Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:30:39 GMT2017-04-17T05:30:39Z

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen....



Dana Woldow, crusader for healthy school lunches, dies at 65

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:52:10 GMT2017-04-16T21:52:10Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dana Woldow, who drew national attention when she began a fight to rid California schools of junk food, has died. She was 65....



Insider Q&A: Public health system CEO sweats out ACA debate

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:01:33 GMT2017-04-16T12:01:33Z

Cook County Health & Hospitals System, which handles more than 1 million patient visits in the Chicago area every year, has seen a significant financial boost from the Affordable Care Act....



In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 13:37:34 GMT2017-04-15T13:37:34Z

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, because it's a place unlike anywhere else in the United States, with its brutal cold, wide-open spaces and dangerous outdoor jobs....



Hyland's teething tablets recalled over levels of toxic herb

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:52:32 GMT2017-04-14T20:52:32Z

The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous....