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Mixed signals from Trump White House on health care strategy

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:26:54 GMT2017-07-22T12:26:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Repeal and replace "Obamacare." Just repeal. Or let it fail - maybe with a little nudge. President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of mixed messages, raising questions about the White House strategy on health care....



MSF says opening clinic is first step to new trauma hospital

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:10:37 GMT2017-07-22T09:10:37Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Geneva-based international health organization Medicins Sans Frontieres - also known as Doctors Without Borders - says it has opened an outpatient clinic in the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan....



Dems: Anti-abortion provisions in health bill in jeopardy

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:33:25 GMT2017-07-22T02:33:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate parliamentarian added a new complication to Republican hopes for their floundering health care bill, ruling the GOP would need to win an all-but-impossible 60 votes to retain anti-abortion provisions in the measure, Democrats said late Friday....



Veterans hospital under investigation adds interim leaders

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:38:27 GMT2017-07-21T19:38:27Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's only veterans hospital has appointed two more interim leaders as whistleblower doctors continue to call for a third-party investigation into substandard treatment and conditions....



UN, aid group: Cholera in Yemen to worsen in rainy season

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:31:21 GMT2017-07-21T18:31:21Z

CAIRO (AP) -- The U.N. health agency and an international aid organization warned on Friday that Yemen's cholera epidemic, the world's worst since Haiti's 2010 outbreak, is likely to worsen in the rainy season....



Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:36:56 GMT2017-07-21T17:36:56Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The nation's largest doctors' group urged senators on Friday to stop trying to repeal or replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and instead begin a bipartisan effort to stabilize the insurance marketplace....



Baby Charlie Gard's latest brain scan is 'sad reading'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:28:19 GMT2017-07-21T16:28:19Z

LONDON (AP) -- The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son's latest brain scans make for "sad reading."...



No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:40:46 GMT2017-07-21T15:40:46Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads....



AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:09:39 GMT2017-07-20T20:09:39Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans were never too thrilled with "Obamacare" and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care?...



Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:53:46 GMT2017-07-20T18:53:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis....



Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:51:11 GMT2017-07-20T18:51:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia....



Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:22:01 GMT2017-07-20T17:22:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade their party's senators to back the reeling legislation in an upcoming showdown vote....



Doctor who linked kids' lead exposure to health issues dies

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:20:27 GMT2017-07-20T16:20:27Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A pediatrician and University of Pittsburgh researcher who linked lead exposure in children to health and intelligence issues has died. Dr. Herbert Needleman was 89....



For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:31:10 GMT2017-07-20T11:31:10Z

LONDON (AP) -- For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday....



For many African girls, menstruation means humiliation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:09:56 GMT2017-07-20T10:09:56Z

WAKISO, Uganda (AP) -- Some menstruating schoolgirls were locked in dormitories while their peers were in class. To avoid the humiliation, others stayed home....



Bereaved N. Zealand family protests Japan's psychiatric care

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:56:05 GMT2017-07-20T08:56:05Z

TOKYO (AP) -- A New Zealand family says it wants to be a catalyst for change in mental health care in Japan, following the death of a family member who went into cardiac arrest after being restrained in a hospital for 10 days....



McCain's brain tumor is particularly aggressive type

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:27:05 GMT2017-07-20T03:27:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his family and doctors are deliberating next treatment options....



Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:08:38 GMT2017-07-20T01:08:38Z

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year in the Indian Ocean island nation....



AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:48:15 GMT2017-07-19T21:48:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal "Obamacare" absent a replacement, according to a new poll....



Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:41:07 GMT2017-07-19T21:41:07Z

Health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act may not be on the verge of collapse, but President Donald Trump could nudge them in that direction by following through on his plan to let the Obama-era law fail....



McCain aide: Senator 'recovering comfortably' after surgery

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:09:28 GMT2017-07-19T17:09:28Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- Sen. John McCain's office says the Arizona Republican continues to recover following recent surgery to remove a blot clot....



Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:12:43 GMT2017-07-19T11:12:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment....



Health plan failure brings dread for Obamacare beneficiaries

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:53:01 GMT2017-07-19T07:53:01Z

DENVER (AP) -- One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams....



What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:06:53 GMT2017-07-19T07:06:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Now what?...



Co-founder of Purdue Pharma dies at 97

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:51:12 GMT2017-07-18T23:51:12Z

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The co-founder of Purdue Pharma, a Connecticut company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin, has died at age 97....



Woman disfigured by gunshot gets full face transplant

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:21:22 GMT2017-07-18T15:21:22Z

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Clinic says a 21-year-old woman disfigured by a gunshot as a teenager has received a face transplant....



The Latest: 2 GOP senators won't support repeal of Obama law

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:54:07 GMT2017-07-18T14:54:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local):...



Trump blasts Congress over failure of GOP health care bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:20:55 GMT2017-07-18T12:20:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump blasted congressional Democrats and "a few Republicans" Tuesday over the failure of the GOP effort to rewrite the Obama health care law, and warned, "we will return."...



The Latest: Trump blasts Dems, some in GOP over health bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:10:09 GMT2017-07-18T12:10:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law (all times local):...



Court: California med board justified in prescription probe

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:44:36 GMT2017-07-18T01:44:36Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The state Medical Board can dig through prescription drug records without a search warrant or subpoena, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday....



With Clooney assist, US aid groups team up on Africa crisis

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:56:48 GMT2017-07-17T18:56:48Z

SEATTLE (AP) -- Eight of the world's biggest aid groups are joining together in a new campaign to get more attention in the U.S. for what the United Nations calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years....



59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant has baby

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:53:31 GMT2017-07-17T16:53:31Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A 59-year-old woman who had tried for nearly four decades to become pregnant has given birth at a New York hospital after fertility treatments....



Clarification: France-Obit-Veil story

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:54:14 GMT2017-07-17T15:54:14Z

PARIS (AP) -- In the June 30 obituary for French political icon Simone Veil, The Associated Press reported that a Polish woman who helped run the Nazi camp at Auschwitz helped Veil when she was a prisoner there. The story should have made clear that the Polish woman was a prisoner herself and was one of the inmates made to work as functionaries there....



Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:28:32 GMT2017-07-17T15:28:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years - no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are....



Terminally ill British man in right-to-die court fight

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:18:13 GMT2017-07-17T13:18:13Z

LONDON (AP) -- A British man who is terminally ill with motor neuron disease asked the High Court in London on Monday to let him end his life....



Montana faces double quandary over Medicaid expansion

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:22:43 GMT2017-07-17T07:22:43Z

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) -- For all the uncertainty over the fate of a health care overhaul in Washington, tens of thousands of Montana's working poor are already in a double quandary: Even if Congress leaves Medicaid expansion mostly intact, the future of the state's program remains uncertain....



Hearing is believing: Speech may be a clue to mental decline

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:09:45 GMT2017-07-17T07:09:45Z

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests....



Needles all over: What to do if you find syringes in public

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:11:32 GMT2017-07-17T05:11:32Z

Syringes left by drug users are increasingly turning up in public places, and authorities offer this advice if you or your children should encounter any:...



'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:11:01 GMT2017-07-17T05:11:01Z

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere....



Europe horse meat scam: At least 66 people arrested

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:06:52 GMT2017-07-16T17:06:52Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Authorities have arrested at least 66 people in a European food scam which sold horse meat unfit for human consumption....



In West Africa, cancer patients forced abroad for treatment

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:37:08 GMT2017-07-14T12:37:08Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Christine's doctor felt a small lump in her left breast at a checkup in 2015, though she was flooded with relief when the technicians assured her they had detected nothing amiss....



Health care bill has money for Alaska, home of a GOP holdout

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:11:40 GMT2017-07-13T23:11:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A provision in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's rewritten health care bill appears to benefit only one state. That's Alaska, home of one Republican holdout McConnell badly needs to keep the legislation alive, and her state might gain nearly $2 billion in federal money....



FDA OKs new Johnson & Johnson treatment for psoriasis

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:07:51 GMT2017-07-13T22:07:51Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators approved a new psoriasis drug from Johnson & Johnson Thursday, giving people with the itchy and painful condition another treatment option....



Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:45:43 GMT2017-07-13T19:45:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program....



The Latest: Social Security to rise by about $28 monthly

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:10:28 GMT2017-07-13T19:10:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the annual report on the solvency of Social Security and Medicare (all times local):...



Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:58:09 GMT2017-07-13T18:58:09Z

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin....



Nurses trying to return to work after strike are locked out

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:17:27 GMT2017-07-13T15:17:27Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A nurses' strike at a Boston hospital has turned into a lockout....



House panel seeks to block FDA 'vaping' rules

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:09:59 GMT2017-07-12T21:09:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules....



Senate consumer choice idea could raise premiums for sick

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:50:45 GMT2017-07-12T19:50:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A health care proposal from Senate conservatives would let insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan. It's being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and potential savings for many....



The Latest: FDA panel endorses potential 1st US gene therapy

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:50:02 GMT2017-07-12T19:50:02Z

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- The Latest on a Food and Drug Administration panel's review of a gene therapy treatment (all times local):...



FDA advisers review data on potential 1st US gene therapy

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:53:51 GMT2017-07-12T18:53:51Z

A panel of cancer experts on Wednesday reviewed what could be the first gene therapy approved in the U.S....



House panel seeks to block FDA "vaping" rules

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:50:23 GMT2017-07-12T18:50:23Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules....



UK's May orders probe into contaminated blood scandal

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:24:15 GMT2017-07-11T16:24:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday ordered a public inquiry into how contaminated blood was used to treat thousands of people in the 1970s and '80s, killing at least 2,400, according to officials....



UN health agency: Measles has killed 35 children in Europe

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:48:15 GMT2017-07-11T13:48:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says measles has killed 35 children in Europe in the last year, calling it an "unacceptable tragedy" that deaths are being caused by a vaccine-preventable disease....



Dutch court confirms 12-year-old can refuse chemotherapy

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:33:06 GMT2017-07-11T11:33:06Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- An appeals judge in the Netherlands has confirmed that a 12-year-old boy does not have to undergo chemotherapy if he does not want it....



A brief look at the medical issues in the Charlie Gard case

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:43:05 GMT2017-07-10T18:43:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Charlie Gard is a terminally ill British child whose parents are fighting for the right to take him to the United States for an experimental treatment. His case has gained international attention, including from Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump....



Survey: US uninsured up by 2M this year as gains erode

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:21:33 GMT2017-07-10T17:21:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode....



Goal of nation's first opioid court: Keep users alive

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:07:19 GMT2017-07-09T11:07:19Z

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis....



Schumer calls on FDA to regulate 'snortable chocolate'

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 10:49:43 GMT2017-07-09T10:49:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a "snortable chocolate" powder that's being sold as a way to get a "euphoric energy" rush....