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GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:33 GMT2017-06-26T18:37:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks....



The Latest: AMA says GOP health bill will harm patients

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:16:30 GMT2017-06-26T18:16:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times local):...



The Latest: Insurer says cost-sharing will stabilize market

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:00:10 GMT2017-06-26T18:00:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times local):...



UN: More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:22 GMT2017-06-24T17:27:22Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N. health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children....



Trump administration opposing bid for syphilis study museum

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:14:04 GMT2017-06-24T14:14:04Z

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The Trump administration opposes a bid to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government's infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring victims of the research project....



Judge sides with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, dismisses suit

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:24:48 GMT2017-06-24T13:24:48Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge ruled in favor of one of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing it of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government....



Ex-official convicted of defrauding mental health clinic

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:07:54 GMT2017-06-23T21:07:54Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A member of a local politically connected family was convicted Friday of defrauding a nonprofit mental health clinic out of about $1 million for her personal benefit through a pattern of self-dealing when she was its landlord....



Cholera suspected as several ill at Kenya medical conference

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:17:04 GMT2017-06-23T17:17:04Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- "Several" participants at a medical conference at a hotel in Nairobi have come down with a foodborne disease suspected to be cholera, the Kenya Medical Association said Friday....



Sri Lankan doctors strike to demand university's closure

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:19:04 GMT2017-06-23T15:19:04Z

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- State hospitals in Sri Lanka were paralyzed Friday as doctors went on strike to demand that a private medical university be shut down, saying it could jeopardize health care standards in the island nation....



What's next on health care draft in Congress

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:04:38 GMT2017-06-23T08:04:38Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal - repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama's 7-year-old law....



Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:30:53 GMT2017-06-23T04:30:53Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years....



Heat wave boosts burns in Phoenix as pavement, cars scald

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:57:54 GMT2017-06-22T23:57:54Z

PHOENIX (AP) -- The main burn center in Phoenix has seen its emergency department visits double during the heat wave that is scorching the Southwest U.S., including people burning their bare feet on the scalding pavement....



FDA approves quicker-to-administer drug for blood cancers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:25:47 GMT2017-06-22T21:25:47Z

U.S. regulators have approved a more convenient version of a blockbuster drug for treating three common blood cancers....



Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:42:43 GMT2017-06-22T13:42:43Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age?...



Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:20:59 GMT2017-06-22T07:20:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults - and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision....



Roadkill: It's what's for dinner under new Oregon law

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:42:57 GMT2017-06-21T23:42:57Z

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat....



2 Detroit-area moms charged in probe of genital mutilation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:31:00 GMT2017-06-21T21:31:00Z

DETROIT (AP) -- Two Detroit-area women have been charged with allowing their daughters to undergo genital mutilation as federal authorities expand their case against members of a Muslim sect....



Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:35:32 GMT2017-06-21T20:35:32Z

Enough insurers are planning to sell coverage on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges next year to keep them working - if only barely - in most parts of the country....



San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:32:04 GMT2017-06-21T20:32:04Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco has approved a bill that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products....



Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:43:00 GMT2017-06-21T19:43:00Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The wildly popular fidget spinners that seem to be in the hands of the half the children in the U.S. are also potentially dangerous, a consumer watchdog group warned Wednesday....



Flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:06:39 GMT2017-06-21T18:06:39Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around....



Kenya to provide sanitary pads for girls in public schools

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:29:29 GMT2017-06-21T17:29:29Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's government says it will supply sanitary pads to teenage girls enrolled in public schools....



GOP Medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:41:22 GMT2017-06-21T07:41:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up....



Concerns about fidget spinners highlight unsafe toys report

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:24:06 GMT2017-06-21T04:24:06Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A consumer watchdog group says those wildly popular fidget spinners aren't as harmless as they might appear....



Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:10:58 GMT2017-06-20T22:10:58Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges of sexually abusing children....



Nonprofit sells pickles to raise money for ALS research

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:41:34 GMT2017-06-20T18:41:34Z

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man with Lou Gehrig's disease is using his passion for making pickles to help fight for a cure....



India's no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:13:08 GMT2017-06-20T07:13:08Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts....



Forever green: Cemeteries make more room for natural burials

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:07:42 GMT2017-06-20T05:07:42Z

RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) -- Last goodbyes are said in these woods with wildflowers placed on a shrouded body, or with the beloved wrapped in a favorite childhood blanket. Dirt shoveled back into the graves leaves behind slowly sinking mounds of earth on the forest floor, marked with stones....



Woman who lied about cancer to avoid prison gets 2 ½ years

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:13:16 GMT2017-06-20T00:13:16Z

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut woman who lied about having cancer to avoid reporting to prison on a fraud conviction has been sentenced to more than two years behind bars....



Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:54:46 GMT2017-06-19T13:54:46Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence....



China bans more synthetic opioids blamed for US drug deaths

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:57:52 GMT2017-06-19T07:57:52Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China said Monday it would ban a designer drug called U-47700 and three others, following U.S. pressure to do more to control synthetic opioids blamed for fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States....



Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:55:48 GMT2017-06-18T15:55:48Z

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Four years after Patty Farrell found her 18-year-old daughter lying cold and blue in bed from an overdose, the former police detective hopes to see heroin dealers charged with homicide when their product kills....



The Latest: Genesis HealthCare pleased to resolve probes

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:07:27 GMT2017-06-16T20:07:27Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on a settlement with Genesis HealthCare to resolve allegations that the company and its subsidiaries filed false claims with the U.S. government (all times local):...



GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:01:08 GMT2017-06-16T19:01:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed....



GOP, Dem governors call for changes in House health bill

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:39:20 GMT2017-06-16T18:39:20Z

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A group of Republican and Democratic governors are echoing President Donald Trump's criticism of a House GOP health care bill, saying it threatens coverage for the most vulnerable. Instead, they're asking Senate leaders to work together on an overhaul of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law....



Suit over life-ending drugs for terminally ill gets hearing

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:13:58 GMT2017-06-16T08:13:58Z

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A judge on Friday is expected to weigh whether a challenge can proceed to California's law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs....



Nevada forces drugmakers to reveal insulin pricing, profits

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:24:16 GMT2017-06-15T23:24:16Z

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday the nation's strictest requirements for pharmaceutical companies to reveal how they set certain prescription drug prices....



Top GOP senator seeks action now to steady insurance markets

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:44:03 GMT2017-06-15T20:44:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A leading Republican senator is calling for immediate action to stabilize shaky health insurance markets around the country, amid concerns that the GOP will get blamed if constituents' lives are disrupted....



FDA approves new, cheaper rival to EpiPen allergy shot

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:28:23 GMT2017-06-15T20:28:23Z

U.S. regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical greed....



APNewsBreak: Ex-VA exec 'astounded' by cost of hospital

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:16:21 GMT2017-06-15T19:16:21Z

DENVER (AP) -- A former Veterans Affairs Department executive who was harshly criticized by Congress for massive cost overruns at a new Colorado VA medical center said he was never told the price had ballooned to more than $1.7 billion before he left the agency, and does not know how it happened....



Snacks with added fiber a part of Nutrition Facts delay

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:28:27 GMT2017-06-15T18:28:27Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new labeling rule could change how much fiber is listed for some snack bars and cereals....



Overcoming Opioids: Easing an epidemic 1 doctor at a time

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:28:15 GMT2017-06-15T18:28:15Z

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Even doctors can be addicted to opioids, in a way: It's hard to stop prescribing them....



No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:00:15 GMT2017-06-15T18:00:15Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States....



Gov't report: Health care deductibles higher under GOP bill

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:39:53 GMT2017-06-15T16:39:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump promised to make health care more affordable but a government report finds that out-of-pocket costs - deductibles and copayments - would average 61 percent higher under the House Republican bill....



UN: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for IS-held Syria

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:07:13 GMT2017-06-15T15:07:13Z

GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. humanitarian aid adviser for Syria says trucks are being prepared to ship polio vaccine into Islamic State group-held areas of Deir el-Zour governorate following confirmation of a "very dangerous" outbreak of the virus....



Belgian court convicts parents in baby's malnutrition death

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:50:10 GMT2017-06-14T13:50:10Z

DENDERMONDE, Belgium (AP) -- A Belgian court on Wednesday convicted two parents in the death of their infant, who succumbed to malnutrition and dehydration because his parents were firm believers in unconventional nutrition....



2 polio outbreaks in Congo, World Health Organization says

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:23:00 GMT2017-06-14T12:23:00Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says two separate outbreaks of the polio virus have been confirmed in Congo. These are the first cases of polio in the vast Central African nation since 2012....



AP FACT CHECK: Obamacare 'death spiral' is a half-told tale

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:18:27 GMT2017-06-14T08:18:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is leaving out half the equation when it argues President Barack Obama's health care law is in a "death spiral."...



San Francisco requires clean space for breastfeeding workers

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:33:38 GMT2017-06-13T23:33:38Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco supervisors approved legislation that requires employers to provide new mothers a clean and private space to pump their milk, adding to the board's long history of trying to make the city more equitable for workers even if that means more regulations for employers....



Philadelphia hospital separates conjoined 10-month-old twins

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:10:40 GMT2017-06-13T22:10:40Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A team successfully separated 10-month-old conjoined twins during an 11-hour surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said Tuesday....



Iraq: Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:21:23 GMT2017-06-13T21:21:23Z

HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) -- Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday....



Key insurer Centene plans to expand health exchange presence

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:15:17 GMT2017-06-13T20:15:17Z

Health insurer Centene announced plans Tuesday to expand into more Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges for next year, at a time when competitors are either pulling back from those markets or proposing steep price hikes to remain....



Court: UK baby must remain on life support for 6 more days

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:18:14 GMT2017-06-13T19:18:14Z

PARIS (AP) -- A European court ordered Britain on Tuesday to maintain a terminally-ill baby on life support for six more days after his parents, desperate to take their son to the U.S. for experimental treatment, lost their appeals before U.K. courts....



Drones carrying defibrillators could aid heart emergencies

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:57:59 GMT2017-06-13T17:57:59Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest....



Trump: Health care dropouts sign that Democrats 'gave up'

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:56:59 GMT2017-06-13T14:56:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says the continued decline in the number of health care subscribers is a sign that the "obstructionist Democrats gave up."...



WHO: Maldives, Bhutan have eliminated measles

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:57:20 GMT2017-06-13T09:57:20Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- The World Health Organization said Tuesday that Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to stop the highly contagious disease....



Australian in Cambodia surrogacy case says she is innocent

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:59:51 GMT2017-06-13T06:59:51Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- An Australian woman charged with providing commercial surrogacy services in Cambodia said Tuesday she is a nurse and has never had any trouble with the law before....



HealthCare.gov dropout trend continues under Trump

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:22:53 GMT2017-06-12T20:22:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Continuing a dropout trend seen in the Obama years, about 16 percent of consumers who signed up for coverage this year through public health insurance markets had canceled their plans by early spring, the government said Monday....



Use of drug probed in Los Angeles organ donor's death

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:12:52 GMT2017-06-12T20:12:52Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police are investigating a claim by a Los Angeles County coroner's investigator that an anesthesiologist used a painkiller to hasten the death of a gravely injured boy to increase the likelihood his organs could be harvested without deterioration, a newspaper reported Monday....