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WHO: All of Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:48:38 GMT2018-01-16T20:48:38Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that it now considers all of Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever, recommending that all international visitors to the state be vaccinated....



Kentucky governor readies for Medicaid legal challenge

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:19:24 GMT2018-01-16T20:19:24Z

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's Republican governor says he will shut down the state's expanded Medicaid program, denying its coverage to more than 400,000 people, if the courts stop his plan for some people to work to keep their health benefits....



Measles kills dozens of children in Indonesia's Papua

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:14:17 GMT2018-01-16T11:14:17Z

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian authorities are struggling to contain a months-long outbreak of measles in easternmost Papua province that has killed dozens of children....



Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:27:23 GMT2018-01-16T10:27:23Z

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani health official says a special anti-polio drive has been launched in the country's eastern Punjab province....



CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:06:49 GMT2018-01-15T22:06:49Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products....



Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:40:03 GMT2018-01-15T19:40:03Z

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a Connecticut veterans affairs hospital....



My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:21:28 GMT2018-01-14T17:21:28Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The federal government says grass and guns don't mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana - and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump - in a potentially uncomfortable position....



Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:03:38 GMT2018-01-14T14:03:38Z

PARIS (AP) -- The head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30....



Man who aided disoriented patient says she's getting care

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:50:53 GMT2018-01-13T01:50:53Z

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The man who said he came to the aid of a visibly disoriented woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a frigid winter's night said Friday that she's been reunited with her family....



The Latest: Doctor says Trump 'is in excellent health'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:53:47 GMT2018-01-12T23:53:47Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's physical (all times local):...



The Latest: Man who aided patient says she's getting care

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:27:49 GMT2018-01-12T23:27:49Z

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Latest on a woman left at a bus stop after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital (all times local):...



Veto defeated, Most Maryland workers to get paid sick leave

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:39:30 GMT2018-01-12T20:39:30Z

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Some 700,000 workers in Maryland will be able to earn up to five days of paid sick days a year now that state lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto....



US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:36:38 GMT2018-01-12T18:36:38Z

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancers caused by an inherited flawed gene....



Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:16:02 GMT2018-01-12T17:16:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the flu season appears to be peaking....



'Arrogant' UK surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:44:11 GMT2018-01-12T15:44:11Z

LONDON (AP) -- A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) on Friday, and ordered to perform community service....



Zambia's army moves in as slum riots amid cholera outbreak

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:44:30 GMT2018-01-12T14:44:30Z

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- Zambia's army has stepped in after some residents in the capital rioted over the removal of market vendors amid a deadly cholera outbreak....



Eurovision winner Sobral has successful heart transplant

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:30:34 GMT2018-01-12T13:30:34Z

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has left a Portuguese hospital after a successful heart transplant....



Medicaid recipients to get work requirements

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:08:20 GMT2018-01-12T06:08:20Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the Trump administration said Thursday it will allow states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program's half-century history....



Federal judge invites states to discuss opioid crisis

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:31:20 GMT2018-01-11T22:31:20Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge who's overseeing lawsuits from around the country against the pharmaceutical industry has invited state attorneys general to join discussions and provide input....



Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:30:27 GMT2018-01-11T17:30:27Z

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's highest court has ruled on an issue that most people may think is already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't....



Trump signs bill to improve opioid screening technology

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:34:00 GMT2018-01-11T00:34:00Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices and other tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs....



Officials: Utah hepatitis A outbreak spread from San Diego

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:37:48 GMT2018-01-10T23:37:48Z

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) -- Thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A in Utah amid a widening outbreak that originally spread from a large epidemic in San Diego, health officials said Wednesday....



Correction: Alternative Remedies-Oversight story

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:47:36 GMT2018-01-10T21:47:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story Dec. 18 about U.S. crackdown on homeopathic medicines, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Food and Drug Administration ordered the maker of Zicam to stop marketing several nasal products in 2009. The company voluntarily recalled the products after the FDA issued it a warning letter....



Ohio imposes strict rule on workers' back surgery, opioids

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:44:18 GMT2018-01-10T15:44:18Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the overprescribing of opioids but isn't sitting well with everyone....



Trump's checkup comes as chatter about his health lingers

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:52:04 GMT2018-01-10T05:52:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam on Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation's highest office. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed back vigorously against suggestions he's mentally unfit, declaring himself "a very stable genius."...



Maryland seeks to turn health care mandate into down payment

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:35:18 GMT2018-01-09T22:35:18Z

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland lawmakers want to create an individual health care mandate at the state level - in response to Washington gutting it at the federal level - and turn it into a down payment for people to pay for health insurance....



Trump orders more mental health care options for veterans

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:42:20 GMT2018-01-09T19:42:20Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to curb the number of veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for the high-risk group....



Trump health pick wary of government drug price negotiations

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:38:56 GMT2018-01-09T19:38:56Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices could leave patients with reduced access to medications, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary warned Tuesday....



Study examines California prison guards' high suicide rate

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:21:10 GMT2018-01-09T18:21:10Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Correctional Officer Scott Jones kissed his wife goodbye on July 8, 2011, and headed off to a maximum-security prison in the remote high desert of northeastern California. He never came home....



IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:46:19 GMT2018-01-09T16:46:19Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound....



Judge urges action on '100 percent manmade' opioid crisis

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:28:26 GMT2018-01-09T16:28:26Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal judge has likened the nation's opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is "100 percent manmade."...



Prosecutor who responded to shooting resigns, citing PTSD

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:29:18 GMT2018-01-08T22:29:18Z

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont prosecutor who responded to the scene of a fatal shooting of a state social worker has resigned, citing post-traumatic stress disorder....



Emory University gets $400 million gift, its largest ever

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:00:18 GMT2018-01-08T19:00:18Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's Emory University is receiving a $400 million gift - the largest in the history of the institution - to find new cures for disease and improve lives....



Democrats move to offense on health care; seek 'big ideas'

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:44:33 GMT2018-01-08T17:44:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all....



Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:39:36 GMT2018-01-08T17:39:36Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV but which - in their view - remains woefully underused....



On health care, Democrats are shifting to offense

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 06:47:50 GMT2018-01-08T06:47:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all....



Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:26:07 GMT2018-01-07T18:26:07Z

VALE DE SALGUEIRO, Portugal (AP) -- The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes....



Parents fight to record school day of son with disabilities

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:51:21 GMT2018-01-07T16:51:21Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A Maine teen with autism and a rare neurological syndrome that affects his speaking ability cannot talk to his parents about his school day the same way other students can. So his family is fighting for the right for him to carry an audio-recording device to ensure he's being treated properly when they aren't watching....



Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:49:30 GMT2018-01-06T00:49:30Z

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments....



Correction: Oregon-Monsanto Lawsuit story

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:51:10 GMT2018-01-05T17:51:10Z

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In a story Jan. 4, about the state of Oregon filing a lawsuit against Monsanto, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Monsanto stopped producing PCBs in 1979 when Congress banned the compounds. The company voluntarily stopped producing them in 1977....



Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:17:48 GMT2018-01-05T08:17:48Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world's largest legal pot market....



The Latest: Colorado prosecutor won't change approach to pot

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:53:27 GMT2018-01-05T04:53:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end a federal policy affecting states that have legalized marijuana. (all times local):...



Civil rights probe of black man's police shooting is closed

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:23:42 GMT2018-01-04T22:23:42Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges against a white police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill black man who had accidentally set off his emergency medical alert device....



Judge weighs whether NC schools conspired to depress wages

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:34:29 GMT2018-01-04T21:34:29Z

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge is deciding whether an alleged conspiracy between two neighboring research universities potentially depressed the wages of thousands of medical professionals in North Carolina....



The Latest: Judge weighs if secret deal hurt doctors' wages

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:45:56 GMT2018-01-04T19:45:56Z

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a federal judge deciding whether an anti-trust lawsuit against Duke University should include all medical faculty members whose income may have been suppressed by an alleged secret agreement with the nearby University of North Carolina (all times local):...



In new rule, Trump tries to deliver a health care promise

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:40:08 GMT2018-01-04T18:40:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Striving to fulfill a campaign promise, the Trump administration moved Thursday to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much....



Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:58:10 GMT2018-01-03T13:58:10Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday....



Badly strained UK hospitals to delay non-urgent procedures

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:20:46 GMT2018-01-03T13:20:46Z

LONDON (AP) -- Officials say extreme seasonal pressure on Britain's hospital system means many non-urgent procedures must be put off for weeks....