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Trans teen's war with his body started when he was just 10

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:05:59 GMT2017-11-20T14:05:59Z

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt....



'It never really leaves you.' Opioids haunt users' recovery

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:42:07 GMT2017-11-20T12:42:07Z

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....



White House: True cost of opioid epidemic

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:35:02 GMT2017-11-20T09:35:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars....



Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:31:46 GMT2017-11-20T08:31:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups....



APNewsBreak: Neurologist faces sex allegations in 3 states

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:32:46 GMT2017-11-19T14:32:46Z

A prominent neurologist, already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic, is facing a growing number of accusations that he preyed on especially vulnerable pain patients at medical facilities in three states, using his impressive reputation as a healer to trap women in long-term doctor-patient relationships marked by abuse....



European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:30:15 GMT2017-11-19T10:30:15Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Brexit is still well over year away but two European cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union....



Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:17:03 GMT2017-11-18T14:17:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks....



Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:45:10 GMT2017-11-18T01:45:10Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care....



Florida confirms second local Zika virus infection for 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:03:05 GMT2017-11-17T20:03:05Z

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Health officials are reporting Florida's second case this year of the Zika virus transmitted by a local mosquito....



Student therapy dog can stay in sorority house amid dispute

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:44:55 GMT2017-11-17T19:44:55Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A university student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in an Ohio sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies....



Detective says juror bribery claim in Iowa trial was a hoax

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:55:56 GMT2017-11-17T17:55:56Z

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A letter purporting to be from a juror who was bribed to rule for the University of Iowa in a major medical malpractice case was likely a hoax by someone upset with the verdict, the lead detective says....



VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:13:41 GMT2017-11-17T17:13:41Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....



AP's gift ideas for yogis, gym rats and wellness lovers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:41:06 GMT2017-11-17T16:41:06Z

MIAMI (AP) -- We've rounded up the 10 best gift ideas for all your favorite gym rats from Weekend Warriors to barre lovers....



Nevada seeks to use untried execution drugs including opioid

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:35:22 GMT2017-11-17T08:35:22Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any signs of trouble....



Australian state parliament ends marathon euthanasia debate

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:35:59 GMT2017-11-17T03:35:59Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian state parliament's marathon debate on allowing voluntary euthanasia abruptly ended on Friday unresolved after a lawmaker collapsed in his office....



Account of AIDS crisis wins lucrative UK nonfiction prize

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:56:02 GMT2017-11-16T23:56:02Z

LONDON (AP) -- American author David France won Britain's leading nonfiction literary award on Thursday with a book about the activists who fought the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 90s....



US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:02:59 GMT2017-11-16T20:02:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight....



Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:31:01 GMT2017-11-16T18:31:01Z

DENVER (AP) -- A watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that the agency's Denver-area hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care....



The Latest: Democrats use new analysis to bash GOP tax bill

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:16:22 GMT2017-11-16T17:16:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on House consideration of the tax overhaul (all times local):...



Trump at Capitol for pep rally as tax bill nears House vote

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:56:09 GMT2017-11-16T16:56:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans drove a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul toward House passage Thursday, even as Senate GOP dissenters emerged in a sign that party leaders had problems to resolve before Congress could give President Donald Trump his first legislative triumph....



Congress moves bill to speed medical reviews for military

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:41:49 GMT2017-11-16T16:41:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military would gain new options for speeding reviews of medical products for soldiers on the battlefield under a legislative compromise passed by Congress....



Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:32:54 GMT2017-11-16T08:32:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others....



Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:27:33 GMT2017-11-16T08:27:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says the uninsured rate is holding steady, with about 9 percent of Americans lacking coverage in the first six months of this year. That's nearly 29 million people, about the same as in 2016....



The Latest: Ohio sets new execution day after failed try

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:20:58 GMT2017-11-15T21:20:58Z

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on the canceled execution of Ohio inmate Alva Campbell (all times local):...



FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:24:58 GMT2017-11-15T19:24:58Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids....



'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:24:03 GMT2017-11-15T18:24:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday....



New chief of Global Fund says accountability is 'imperative'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:06:16 GMT2017-11-15T16:06:16Z

LONDON (AP) -- The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases....



Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:31:53 GMT2017-11-15T14:31:53Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland - a watershed moment for public health advocates alarmed at the level of abuse....



Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay 'conversion'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:02:44 GMT2017-11-15T09:02:44Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday....



Ohio set to execute inmate with walking, breathing problems

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:12:14 GMT2017-11-15T05:12:14Z

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio is set to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death....



Transgender service member gets gender reassignment surgery

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:02:03 GMT2017-11-15T03:02:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An active-duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, the Pentagon said Tuesday, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military,...



2 airlines drop hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:00:27 GMT2017-11-15T03:00:27Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia have stopped serving hot meals from Gate Gourmet at Los Angeles International Airport after listeria was found in the caterer's local kitchen....



Opioid addiction treatments face off in US trial

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:43:55 GMT2017-11-14T23:43:55Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The first U.S. study to compare two treatments for opioid addiction finds a monthly shot works as well as a daily drug to prevent relapse....



When child sex isn't rape: French to set age of consent

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:23:53 GMT2017-11-14T22:23:53Z

PARIS (AP) -- Is a 13-year-old old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time....



US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:23:26 GMT2017-11-14T22:23:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns....



Trump administration seeks to delay findings on pesticides

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:43:14 GMT2017-11-14T21:43:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration is seeking a two-year delay of an upcoming deadline to determine whether a family of widely used pesticides is harmful to endangered species....



FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:54:42 GMT2017-11-14T15:54:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs...



The Latest: Sick Ohio inmate arrives at state death house

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:27:13 GMT2017-11-14T15:27:13Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Latest on a condemned inmate with multiple health problems set for execution Wednesday (all times local):...



Italy pushes Milan bid to host European Medicines Agency

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:51:21 GMT2017-11-14T14:51:21Z

MILAN (AP) -- Italy's president hopes that Milan wins the right to host the hotly sought-after European Medicines Agency, which has to be relocated from London due to Britain's divorce from the European Union....



Gov't approves first-ever med with digital tracking system

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:48:13 GMT2017-11-14T07:48:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure that patients with mental disorders take the medicine prescribed for them....



Police: Man shoots doctor outside hospital, kills himself

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:01:31 GMT2017-11-13T22:01:31Z

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a man shot a doctor in an Ohio hospital parking lot before killing himself....



Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:46:10 GMT2017-11-13T20:46:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary....



Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:40:46 GMT2017-11-13T20:40:46Z

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- New medical guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition. That means now nearly half of U.S. adults have it....



Is your own MD best in the hospital? Study eyes hospitalists

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:28:32 GMT2017-11-13T18:28:32Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that has hospital-based doctors overseeing care instead....



Trump names former drug exec as new health secretary

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:28:51 GMT2017-11-13T15:28:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health insurance programs, medical research, food and drug safety, and public health....



Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:25:54 GMT2017-11-12T20:25:54Z

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason....



Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:01:32 GMT2017-11-11T14:01:32Z

GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (AP) -- Some people living near mountaintop coal mines in West Virginia are frustrated the Trump administration has suspended the latest federal study on the health impact of surface mining in Appalachia. But they are not entirely surprised....



AP FACT CHECK: Trump hails 'new' VA as old problems persist

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:19:11 GMT2017-11-10T18:19:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump speaks with pride about the progress of his overhaul of health care for veterans, declaring that the Department of Veterans Affairs already "is a whole new place." Old problems persist, though, and some of his steps are not as advanced as he advertises....



Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:19:08 GMT2017-11-10T17:19:08Z

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so well....



DEA cracking down on fake fentanyl traffickers

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:46:53 GMT2017-11-09T20:46:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to make it easier for federal prosecutors to go after people who peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis....



Correction: FDA-Transplant Drug story

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:08:36 GMT2017-11-09T19:08:36Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- In a story Nov. 8 about a new drug approval, The Associated Press misspelled the drug's name. It is Prevymis, not Prevymix....



Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:55:18 GMT2017-11-09T18:55:18Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to take down "Obamacare," more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday....



Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:10:44 GMT2017-11-09T16:10:44Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room....



Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:47:05 GMT2017-11-09T15:47:05Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday....



UN labor agency shelves decision to end Big Tobacco ties

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:28:03 GMT2017-11-09T15:28:03Z

GENEVA (AP) -- In an embarrassing mixup, the U.N. labor agency says it has shelved a decision on ending its ties with Big Tobacco, correcting its own statement earlier Thursday indicating it would cut ties to an industry faulted for major health risks....



EU fails again to agree on future weed killer use

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:16:09 GMT2017-11-09T13:16:09Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations failed on Thursday to agree on the continued use of one of the world's most widely used weed killers, glyphosate, amid concerns about its possible links to cancer....



In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:12:23 GMT2017-11-09T08:12:23Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care - particularly the idea of widening Medicaid access for more low-income people - after big election victories Tuesday night....



FDA OKs drug to block infection after marrow transplant

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:35:20 GMT2017-11-08T23:35:20Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant....



Woman who threw girl, 5, in front of train deemed insane

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:50:48 GMT2017-11-08T21:50:48Z

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman who threw a 5-year-old girl in front of an approaching train in what she described as an attempted sacrifice has been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity....



44 train engineers diagnosed with sleep apnea, sidelined

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:24:34 GMT2017-11-08T21:24:34Z

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) -- Dozens of New Jersey Transit train engineers have been sidelined because testing imposed after a deadly rail crash found they suffered from sleep apnea....



Governor says voters wrong to approve Medicaid expansion

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:57:15 GMT2017-11-08T17:57:15Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's governor said Wednesday that residents of his state made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid under the federal health care law, and he's hesitant to implement it....



The Latest: Results being counted in Maine Medicaid vote

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 03:03:55 GMT2017-11-08T03:03:55Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Latest on the Maine referendum to expand Medicaid (all times local):...



Trump administration moves ahead with Obama menu-label law

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:39:32 GMT2017-11-07T19:39:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is moving ahead with Obama-era requirements to post calorie counts in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains nationwide next year....



Repeal of medical deduction prompts tax bill pushback

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:23:51 GMT2017-11-07T18:23:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The medical expense deduction targeted for repeal by GOP tax writers has helped to offset costs including nursing home care and fertility treatments, laser eye surgery and travel out-of-state for a second opinion on a rare cancer....



Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:41:35 GMT2017-11-07T08:41:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying to save it....



3 guilty in 'Future Pharma' scheme to sell fake drugs online

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:16:27 GMT2017-11-06T16:16:27Z

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- A third person has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make and distribute anabolic steroids and fake drugs to treat infertility, acne and erectile dysfunction. They were marketed online under the brand name "Future Pharma."...



G-7 health ministers: climatic factors impact health

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:11:01 GMT2017-11-06T14:11:01Z

MILAN (AP) -- Group of Seven health ministers have issued a joint statement that says climatic factors impact on human health....