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11-year sentence for Woman in fatal silicone injection

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:56:56 GMT2017-05-26T22:56:56Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- A woman has been sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison for performing illegal cosmetic silicone injections - including one that caused a woman's death....



Texas set to embrace new abortion restrictions

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:19:29 GMT2017-05-26T21:19:29Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A sweeping new anti-abortion bill in Texas that includes a provision already blocked by federal courts is heading to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott....



Trump's budget dismays families hit by drug addiction crisis

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:10:05 GMT2017-05-26T20:10:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump....



The Latest: Prosecutor says nurse could have killed dozens

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:52:41 GMT2017-05-26T17:52:41Z

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Latest on a former nurse imprisoned in Texas who's suspected in the deaths of dozens of infants (all times local):...



Albania returning Brazil poultry shipment with salmonella

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:52:40 GMT2017-05-26T17:52:40Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Food authorities in Albania say they are returning a poultry shipment to Brazil after tests found high levels of salmonella....



Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:49:40 GMT2017-05-26T17:49:40Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- One in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home - a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes, according to a report released Thursday....



GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:49:22 GMT2017-05-26T17:49:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans trying to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law are grappling with a hard lesson that vexed him: Quality health insurance isn't cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor....



German kindergartens to name parents who skip vaccine advice

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:42:31 GMT2017-05-26T10:42:31Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The German government wants kindergartens to inform authorities if parents fail to prove they have attended a doctors' consultation on child vaccinations....



Israel: Netanyahu's bladder stone successfully removed

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:42:11 GMT2017-05-26T09:42:11Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The office of the Israeli prime minister says a medical procedure to remove Benjamin Netanyahu's bladder stone has been successful....



How the AP-NORC poll on long term care was conducted

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:42:51 GMT2017-05-26T08:42:51Z

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on long-term care was conducted March 2-29 by NORC at the University of Chicago, with funding from the SCAN Foundation. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,341 adults age 40 and over who are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel....



S. Korea OKs civilian contact with North Korea over malaria

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:18:29 GMT2017-05-26T08:18:29Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday....



Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 nacho-cheese sauce bag

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:42:51 GMT2017-05-26T03:42:51Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese sauce confiscated from a California gas station appears to be limited to an opened bag of the sauce, state health officials said Thursday....



The Latest: Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 cheese bag

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:41:20 GMT2017-05-26T03:41:20Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on a botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese dip sold at a California gas station (all times local):...



GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:53:10 GMT2017-05-25T20:53:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans senators conceded Thursday that a scathing analysis of the House GOP health care bill had complicated their effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law....



Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:52:32 GMT2017-05-25T17:52:32Z

People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could face higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018....



Democratic congressman has heart valve replacement procedure

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:52:54 GMT2017-05-25T14:52:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has undergone a heart procedure and will remain hospitalized for a few days....



Controversial IVF doctor gives hope to older Indian women

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:26:42 GMT2017-05-25T14:26:42Z

ELLENABAD, India (AP) -- To see Manjeet Kaur around her little daughter is to see joy at its purest....



Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:25:54 GMT2017-05-25T14:25:54Z

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits....



AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:28:22 GMT2017-05-25T07:28:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump's budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief....



FDA: Controller for heart pump recalled over deaths

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:26:59 GMT2017-05-24T22:26:59Z

Federal regulators say nearly 29,000 controllers for implanted heart pumps are being recalled after reports of 26 deaths linked to malfunctions....



Drugmaker paying $33M over recalled nonprescription meds

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:02:29 GMT2017-05-24T22:02:29Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson has reached a $33 million settlement with 42 states, resolving allegations the health care giant sold nonprescription medicines that didn't meet federal quality requirements....



The Latest: Report disputes claim on pre-existing conditions

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:24:35 GMT2017-05-24T21:24:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Congressional Republican efforts to replace the health care law (all times local):...



Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:57:40 GMT2017-05-24T20:57:40Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Hundreds of mentally ill inmates are languishing for months in Texas jails because of a lack of space at the state's psychiatric hospitals....



Zika hit Florida months before infections found, study says

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:36:19 GMT2017-05-24T19:36:19Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Zika began spreading in Florida mosquitoes about three months before infections showed up in the Miami area last summer, and the virus likely was carried in by travelers from the Caribbean, new research suggests....



The Latest: Vermont governor vetoes marijuana bill

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:53:44 GMT2017-05-24T18:53:44Z

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Latest on Vermont's governor vetoing a marijuana legalization bill (all times local):...



VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:45:28 GMT2017-05-24T18:45:28Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn't seeking additional money to pay for it....



Company to appeal decision in medical marijuana lawsuit

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:35:33 GMT2017-05-24T18:35:33Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A Rhode Island textile company plans to appeal a ruling that said it discriminated against a woman by denying her an internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches....



2 addiction counselors at halfway house die of drug overdose

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:23:55 GMT2017-05-24T16:23:55Z

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house died of opioid overdoses inside the facility on the same day, authorities said Wednesday....



New WHO chief: Planned US funding cuts not a 'closed issue'

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:24:34 GMT2017-05-24T11:24:34Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The new head of the World Health Organization doesn't believe the Trump administration's calls to slash funding for international aid and U.N. agencies like his is a "closed issue."...



Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:23:28 GMT2017-05-24T00:23:28Z

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall....



The Latest: Ethiopia's PM hails Tedros election as WHO chief

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:59:13 GMT2017-05-23T21:59:13Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The Latest on the World Health Organization's new chief (all times local):...



California botulism outbreak is rare case of deadly disease

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:26:18 GMT2017-05-23T21:26:18Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A deadly botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip sold in a California gas station is a rare case of the disease that can cause paralysis and death....



AP Exclusive: Outgoing WHO head practiced art of appeasement

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:45:15 GMT2017-05-23T09:45:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- As the World Health Organization struggled to coordinate vaccine production during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, its director-general met with Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, during an official visit to Moscow....



Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:50:10 GMT2017-05-23T06:50:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Uncertainty over the future of health care is growing deeper for millions of Americans who buy their own policies....



Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:49:16 GMT2017-05-22T15:49:16Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities in Greece say unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from the country's austerity-battered hospitals....



The Latest: Health professor says WHO travel costs are high

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:12:10 GMT2017-05-22T14:12:10Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The Latest on the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva (all times local):...



AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:55:36 GMT2017-05-22T09:55:36Z

LONDON (AP) -- Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine....



Research shows aggressive treatment of sepsis can save lives

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:48:36 GMT2017-05-22T07:48:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it's time they learn....



French AIDS drama earns best reviews yet at Cannes Film fest

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:51:49 GMT2017-05-20T15:51:49Z

CANNES, France (AP) -- "120 Beats Per Minute," a French AIDS drama with a full heart and a pounding rhythm, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday and quickly joined the shortlist of favorites for the festival's coveted Palme d'Or prize....



3 vie for top WHO post in UN health agency election

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:47:17 GMT2017-05-20T12:47:17Z

GENEVA (AP) -- A British physician, an Ethiopian former health minister and a Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases are the three finalists vying for the top job at the World Health Organization in an election on Tuesday, aspiring to land a key U.N. post that confers great power to set worldwide medical priorities - and great responsibility as the world's go-to person when emergencies like Ebola, Zika and SARS strike....



Italy makes 12 vaccines mandatory for school-age children

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:56:42 GMT2017-05-19T16:56:42Z

MILAN (AP) -- The Italian government on Friday made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending school up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it characterizes as misinformation about vaccines....



Number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo now up to 29

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:52:25 GMT2017-05-19T10:52:25Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says Congo now faces 29 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus....



Cuba reports a surge of Zika but still fewer than neighbors

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:42:27 GMT2017-05-18T23:42:27Z

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban state media on Thursday reported a surge of Zika cases on the island, though the overall number of cases was still far fewer than elsewhere in the Caribbean....



School: Student dies as a result of the 'choking game'

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:22:16 GMT2017-05-18T19:22:16Z

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A child in a New Jersey school has died as a result of the "choking game," where kids seek to achieve euphoria by briefly stopping oxygen from reaching the brain, a school superintendent says....



Correction: US Births & Deaths story

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:33:18 GMT2017-05-18T17:33:18Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a story May 17 about U.S. births and deaths, The Associated Press erroneously reported last year's birth rates. The rates were calculated per 1,000 women, not 100,000. The rate per 1,000: 103 for women in their early 30s, and 102 for late 20s. The rate for all women of child-bearing age was 62....



Canada tests lower age for pot legalization

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:47:31 GMT2017-05-18T16:47:31Z

TORONTO (AP) -- The most controversial thing about Canada's move to legalize marijuana nationwide may be setting the minimum age for use at 18 - three years lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalization - a move that is being closely watched across the continent....



US health secretary visits Liberia, where Ebola killed 4,800

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:23:08 GMT2017-05-18T16:23:08Z

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Thursday made his first trip overseas to Liberia, the West African country where Ebola killed more than 4,800 people....



'Natural Foods Cookbook' author Beatrice Trum Hunter dies

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:05:45 GMT2017-05-18T16:05:45Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Beatrice Trum Hunter, who wrote "The Natural Foods Cookbook" in 1961, long before organic foods became a staple at supermarkets, and who took an early stance against pesticide exposure, sharing information with "Silent Spring" author Rachel Carson, has died. She was 98....



Brooks, Reiner, Lear, Van Dyke discuss living well after 90

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:03:16 GMT2017-05-18T16:03:16Z

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Mel Brooks made it clear that he was not paid to appear at the premiere of the new HBO documentary "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."...



Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:33:44 GMT2017-05-18T14:33:44Z

The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds....



Australian woman in Cambodian court in surrogacy case

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:37:59 GMT2017-05-18T06:37:59Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The lawyer for an Australian woman charged with providing commercial surrogacy services in Cambodia says his client is innocent....



Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:24:27 GMT2017-05-17T22:24:27Z

U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead....



Few doctors discuss cancer costs with patients, study finds

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:37:45 GMT2017-05-17T21:37:45Z

Most doctors did not discuss the cost of cancer treatment with patients, spent less than two minutes on it when they did, and usually did so only after patients brought it up, a study that taped hundreds of visits at several large hospitals finds....



'Fat and frail' seniors benefit from right exercise combo

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:11:23 GMT2017-05-17T21:11:23Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Heavy seniors who want to lose pounds safely shouldn't skip the weight machines or the treadmill, new research suggests....



Medicaid recipients say they need health care to work

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:49:18 GMT2017-05-17T20:49:18Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Medicaid recipients are pushing back against Maine's proposal to create the nation's toughest requirements for the health care program for low-income residents that states run....



Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:30:44 GMT2017-05-17T19:30:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance - but why, and who's to blame?...



Nicholas Sand, creator of famous Orange Sunshine LSD, dies

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:00:45 GMT2017-05-17T01:00:45Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann may have invented LSD and Timothy Leary was clearly its most prominent frontman....



Study: Taking abortion pill at home as safe as in a clinic

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:32:20 GMT2017-05-17T00:32:20Z

LONDON (AP) -- Medical abortions done at home with online help and pills sent in the mail appear to be just as safe as those done at a clinic, according to a new study....



Progress reducing US uninsured rate comes to a halt

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:54:31 GMT2017-05-16T15:54:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act....



Cairo airport takes steps to stop cholera spread from Yemen

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:01:41 GMT2017-05-16T13:01:41Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Cairo airport is introducing emergency measures, including quarantine, to prevent the spread of a cholera outbreak in Yemen by flights arriving from the war-torn Arab nation....



Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:01:19 GMT2017-05-15T20:01:19Z

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A coroner says a healthy 16-year-old South Carolina high school student died from heart problems after drinking too much caffeine....



More states allow sunscreen at schools without doctor's OK

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:56:11 GMT2017-05-14T17:56:11Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Susan Grenon makes sure her son is lathered with sunscreen before he leaves for school in the morning, but the fair-skinned 10-year-old can't bring a bottle to reapply it without a doctor's note....



Missouri targets doctor dearth, expands first-in-nation law

Sun, 14 May 2017 13:33:35 GMT2017-05-14T13:33:35Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Numerous additional doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri's underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing a pervasive doctor shortage....



A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable

Sun, 14 May 2017 13:07:45 GMT2017-05-14T13:07:45Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The death was startling even to the coroner: a boy only 8 years old apparently killing himself in his Cincinnati bedroom....



Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending

Sun, 14 May 2017 12:21:09 GMT2017-05-14T12:21:09Z

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms....