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Amid India oxygen scandal, docs want focus on encephalitis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:57:30 GMT2017-08-18T10:57:30Z

Dozens of children died last week in a government hospital in northeastern India, prompting public outcry over whether an oxygen shortage was to blame. Answers remain unclear, but doctors who have spent decades treating sick kids in the area say the incident is a symptom of a greater problem: Chronic mismanagement, corruption and outright negligence are worsening encephalitis outbreaks that sicken thousands of children every year....

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:30:46 GMT2017-08-18T08:30:46Z

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system....

3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:01:39 GMT2017-08-18T00:01:39Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook....

FDA OKs Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:13:19 GMT2017-08-17T21:13:19Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed....

EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:50:42 GMT2017-08-17T19:50:42Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade - charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government....

The Latest: France issues list of products with tainted eggs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:20:33 GMT2017-08-17T16:20:33Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The Latest on the scandal in Europe over eggs, poultry and egg products contaminated with the pesticide Fipronil (all times local):...

Cambodian medic who spread HIV asks for court's mercy

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:24:17 GMT2017-08-17T11:24:17Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- An unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV has told an appeals court he only sought to provide care and acknowledged his mistake in reusing syringes....

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:02:37 GMT2017-08-16T21:02:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday....

Austria orders recall of unapproved cancer drug

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:42:06 GMT2017-08-16T18:42:06Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austrian authorities have ordered a recall of a cancer medication that was put on the market without proper approval....

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:04:22 GMT2017-08-16T18:04:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early - using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood....

The Associated Press' guide to the best free online workouts

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:42:41 GMT2017-08-16T15:42:41Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25 per class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out. It's often tempting to just skip it, so we rounded up our favorite free online workouts that you can do in your living room, at the office, in a park or on vacation. That means no more excuses for not getting your fitness on. And bonus, mos...

Belgium joins legal action against tainted egg 'cheats'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:32:28 GMT2017-08-16T15:32:28Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium's Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme says the government will join in legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries....

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:02:36 GMT2017-08-16T14:02:36Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows....

Robert Yancy, only child of Natalie Cole, dies at 39

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:49:07 GMT2017-08-16T03:49:07Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Yancy, the only child of singer Natalie Cole and grandson of crooner Nat King Cole, has died. He was 39....

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:40:53 GMT2017-08-16T02:40:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday....

Oregon governor expands abortion, reproductive coverage

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:39:07 GMT2017-08-16T00:39:07Z

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services to thousands of Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity. Proponents called it America's most progressive reproductive health policy....

Court: State can't vaccinate kids in temporary custody

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:18:49 GMT2017-08-15T21:18:49Z

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state's child welfare agency cannot vaccinate children placed temporarily in its custody when the parents object....

New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:26:25 GMT2017-08-14T16:26:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a "third rail" program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation....

Doughnut shop blamed for Ohio norovirus outbreak to reopen

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:24:36 GMT2017-08-12T15:24:36Z

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) -- Health officials in Ohio say a doughnut shop blamed for a norovirus outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people will be allowed to reopen....

Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:04:47 GMT2017-08-12T15:04:47Z

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana's health care co-op, one of America's few remaining alternatives to traditional health insurance, will resume accepting new enrollees Sunday after it voluntarily pulled itself from the state's insurance marketplace in December....

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:44:01 GMT2017-08-12T10:44:01Z

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of oxygen supply in the children's ward....

Hospital's partially evacuated over odor, 19 workers treated

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:31:00 GMT2017-08-11T20:31:00Z

EXETER, N.H. (AP) -- Nineteen staff members from a New Hampshire hospital emergency department that was evacuated because of an unknown odor have been evaluated after some complained of dizziness and nausea....

The Latest: Report: Egg scandal suspect denies involvement

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:57:35 GMT2017-08-11T16:57:35Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The Latest on the contaminated egg scare in Europe (all times local):...

Philippines to cull 200,000 fowl after bird flu outbreak

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:05:22 GMT2017-08-11T15:05:22Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first avian flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported, officials said Friday....

Pfau, 'Mother Teresa of Pakistan,' dies at age 87

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:46:09 GMT2017-08-11T11:46:09Z

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Ruth Pfau, a German physician and nun who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, has died at age 87....

Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:38:22 GMT2017-08-11T00:38:22Z

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic....

Yemen's civil war turns country into cholera breeding ground

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:20:52 GMT2017-08-10T18:20:52Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Collapsing on sidewalks and constantly vomiting, some of the Yemeni villagers barely make it to the tiny health center where doctors spread cardboard sheets in the backyard and use trees to hang bags of IV fluids for patients....

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:23:36 GMT2017-08-10T15:23:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study....

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:42:18 GMT2017-08-10T13:42:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals....

AP Exclusive: Maggot case gives rare look at neglect probes

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:15:47 GMT2017-08-10T13:15:47Z

ROME, N.Y. (AP) -- In his bed at a New York state group home for the severely disabled, Steven Wenger lay helpless against a silent invader....

Mom accused of lying about being doctor, faking son's cancer

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 01:34:19 GMT2017-08-10T01:34:19Z

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids....

Study boosts hope of 'liquid biopsies' for cancer screening

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:10:12 GMT2017-08-09T21:10:12Z

Scientists have the first major evidence that blood tests called liquid biopsies hold promise for screening people for cancer. Hong Kong doctors tried it for a type of head and neck cancer, and boosted early detection and one measure of survival....

Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 04:26:42 GMT2017-08-08T04:26:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals....

Transgender camp teaches kids they're 'normal, not alone'

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:28:32 GMT2017-08-07T21:28:32Z

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) -- In some ways, Rainbow Day Camp is very ordinary. Kids arrive with a packed lunch, make friendship bracelets, play basketball, sing songs and get silly. But it is also unique, from the moment campers arrive each morning....

Drone testing finds some elevated pollutants at Army plant

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:18:55 GMT2017-08-07T19:18:55Z

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Researchers who flew a drone over the open burning of hazardous waste at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia found arsenic, lead and other pollutants at higher-than-expected levels, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press....

Water filtration system in West Virginia among the elite

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:10:55 GMT2017-08-07T15:10:55Z

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia has had its share of problems treating drinking water, but a facility in Morgantown is one of a few in the country that cleans water so that it far exceeds federal and state health standards....

Caretaker for Obamacare? Trump's health care role may shift

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:08 GMT2017-08-07T14:53:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump's administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which he still promises to repeal and replace....

Undertaker or caretaker? Trump's shifting health law role

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:29:18 GMT2017-08-06T11:29:18Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have been unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, so what's next?...

British hospital worker defends staff in Charlie Gard case

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:29:03 GMT2017-08-05T12:29:03Z

LONDON (AP) -- A member of the medical team that treated Charlie Gard has defended the care they gave the British infant who died of a rare genetic disease while criticizing political and religious leaders for prolonging the family's suffering by intervening in a case they didn't understand....

Trump volunteer sues GOP over health overhaul repeal failure

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:52:33 GMT2017-08-04T18:52:33Z

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man is suing the Republican Party for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act....

For homeless on heroin, treatment can be elusive with no ID

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:50:02 GMT2017-08-04T16:50:02Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nearly two decades of using heroin and a year of living on the streets of Philadelphia had led Steven Kemp to a simple conclusion: It was time to get sober. But when he staggered into a detox facility on a recent Friday night, his head brimming with the thought that suicide would end the pain, he was told he couldn't be admitted because he didn't have a photo ID....