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Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:17:35 GMT2017-01-22T20:17:35Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether....



Brazil investigating dozens of suspected yellow fever cases

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:11:21 GMT2017-01-22T17:11:21Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities say they've now confirmed 47 cases of yellow fever, and 25 deaths....



How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:48:59 GMT2017-01-21T19:48:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good....



Correction: Police-Mental Health story

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:19:03 GMT2017-01-21T17:19:03Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a story Jan. 19 about a report on the NYPD's mental health crisis training program, The Associated Press erroneously reported whether Sgt. Hugh Barry had received the training. Barry had not participated in the four-day program, according to the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department....



Physician assistant jailed for selling $710K in painkillers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:33:48 GMT2017-01-20T18:33:48Z

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York physician assistant who pocketed $710,000 by illegally selling the painkiller oxycodone has been sentenced to five years in prison....



Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun violence

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:30:20 GMT2017-01-19T21:30:20Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Leading public health researchers and gun safety advocates concede that Republican Donald Trump's election as president changed the national conversation on firearms, but they're urging gun owners and manufacturers to be included in the effort to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms....



In Minnesota, rainy-day fund may help cover insurance hikes

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:55:51 GMT2017-01-19T20:55:51Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota would use state money to offset the health premium hikes for more than 100,000 residents under a measure legislators were considering Thursday, a novel approach as states across the country grapple with the rising costs and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act....



Feds sue New York police over man's HIV discrimination claim

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:21:43 GMT2017-01-19T20:21:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying an HIV-positive man a position as an emergency dispatcher, federal prosecutors said....



US lawsuit says preschool wrongly expelled disabled child

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:09:38 GMT2017-01-19T18:09:38Z

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A company that runs a New Jersey preschool is defending itself against a federal complaint that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it expelled a child with Down syndrome because she wasn't potty-trained....



Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:39:51 GMT2017-01-19T17:39:51Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea....



London mayor issues health alert over air pollution

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:13:15 GMT2017-01-19T17:13:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- London's mayor has issued a smog alert for the British capital, advising people with heart and lung conditions to avoid outdoor exercise....



Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:12:27 GMT2017-01-19T17:12:27Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Researchers say the number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from a remaining clinic....



1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:35:55 GMT2017-01-19T16:35:55Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers....



German lawmakers back plan for cannabis prescriptions

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:21:19 GMT2017-01-19T15:21:19Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow some patients to get cannabis as a prescription-only medication....



Czechs a step away from smoking ban in bars, restaurants

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:58:18 GMT2017-01-19T13:58:18Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe....



California withdraws immigrant health care request

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:57:32 GMT2017-01-19T01:57:32Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California officials are withdrawing their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can't prove they're legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump's administration....



AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:33:46 GMT2017-01-19T00:33:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400....



Woman who sought kidney on Craigslist gets it from mother

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:23:23 GMT2017-01-18T22:23:23Z

BARRINGTON, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey woman who found a kidney donor on Craigslist in 2015 but later was told the organ transplant couldn't happen because of complications has now received a kidney....



Owner of counterfeit lenses firm gets prison in federal case

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:51:32 GMT2017-01-18T21:51:32Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 30-year-old man who admitted illegally importing and selling counterfeit contact lenses across the U.S. without a prescription has been sentenced in Las Vegas to nearly four years in federal prison....



Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:32:27 GMT2017-01-18T20:32:27Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping....



Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:51:55 GMT2017-01-18T18:51:55Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Call it contraception equality....



18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:35:42 GMT2017-01-17T23:35:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday....



McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:18:32 GMT2017-01-17T22:18:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years....



Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:10:50 GMT2017-01-17T21:10:50Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill themselves with a gun. But now two unlikely allies - the gun industry and a leading suicide prevention group - are coming together to tackle it....



UnitedHealth looks beyond insurance to help fuel 4Q growth

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:00:17 GMT2017-01-17T21:00:17Z

The nation's biggest health insurer made most of its money in the fourth quarter by selling things other than health insurance....



Mexican governor: kids were given water instead of medicine

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:24:43 GMT2017-01-17T18:24:43Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A governor in Mexico says state-run hospitals apparently gave children water instead of chemotherapy treatments....



88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:46:24 GMT2017-01-17T13:46:24Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date....



Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:35:43 GMT2017-01-16T00:35:43Z

WARREN, Mich. (AP) -- Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition....



Ambulance company to pay $12.7M over Medicare billing claims

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:53:59 GMT2017-01-14T02:53:59Z

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- An ambulance company that operates in Massachusetts says it'll pay nearly $13 million to settle claims it fraudulently billed Medicare....



In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:32:03 GMT2017-01-13T21:32:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul....



Sick kitty: NYC quarantines 500 felines fearing the flu

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:59:01 GMT2017-01-13T15:59:01Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of homeless New York City cats have been quarantined after health officials discovered many infected with a strand of bird flu....



The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:12:38 GMT2017-01-12T20:12:38Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks....



Congress takes first steps to dismantle health care law

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:33:15 GMT2017-01-12T19:33:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Republicans are taking the first steps toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, facing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move quickly on a replacement....



Court upholds state's law on buffers around abortion clinics

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:25:27 GMT2017-01-12T19:25:27Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law allowing buffer zones around abortion clinics that supporters say protect women from harassment....



CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:02:46 GMT2017-01-12T16:02:46Z

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers....



Governor says there's less of him to hate: He lost 50 pounds

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:55:19 GMT2017-01-12T01:55:19Z

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage says he had weight loss surgery and jokes now "there's 50 less pounds of me to hate."...



No sign of Japan-related radiation found in Alaska waters

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:40:16 GMT2017-01-12T01:40:16Z

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear disaster at a Japanese power plant....



Man accused in hospital hacking ends 100-day hunger strike

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:45:23 GMT2017-01-12T00:45:23Z

BOSTON (AP) -- A man awaiting trial in the 2014 hacking of a Boston hospital's computer network says he's ending a hunger strike after 100 days....



Correction: Drug Prices-Johnson & Johnson story

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:16:49 GMT2017-01-11T21:16:49Z

In a story Jan. 10 about Johnson & Johnson's plans to disclose some information on its prescription drug price increases, The Associated Press reported erroneously the use of the company's drug Xarelto. It is used to prevent strokes, not heart attacks....



Massachusetts weighs doing away with winter time shift

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:13:27 GMT2017-01-11T21:13:27Z

BOSTON (AP) -- Lacking authority to change the laws of physics to allow more sunlight on the darkest days of winter, a special commission is instead considering whether Massachusetts should change the laws of man and observe daylight saving time year-round....



Trump picks Veterans Affairs insider to lead troubled agency

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:55:47 GMT2017-01-11T20:55:47Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official to lead a beleaguered agency struggling to meet the health needs of millions of veterans....



Carter: Guinea worm disease reported in 3 countries in 2016

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:26:25 GMT2017-01-11T20:26:25Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016....



Cop gets surgeon, liver to emergency transplant after crash

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:30:42 GMT2017-01-11T19:30:42Z

DENVER, Pa. (AP) -- A police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant....



Angola announces first 2 cases of Zika, but strain not clear

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:03:27 GMT2017-01-11T17:03:27Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Angola has announced its first two cases of the Zika virus, but it is not clear whether the strain is the one spreading through the Americas....



Hospitalized Texas baby soothed by Dallas Cowboys games

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:22:44 GMT2017-01-11T15:22:44Z

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- The parents of a Texas baby hospitalized with a congenital heart defect are turning to an unlikely source to soothe her: the Dallas Cowboys....



Despite suffering without doctors, Kenyans support strike

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:16 GMT2017-01-11T13:49:16Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A wave of contractions forces Sharon Andisi to crouch by the dusty taxi rank outside a hospital. Although she is about to give birth, she has just been turned away from Kenya's only public maternity hospital because of a month-long strike by state doctors....



Philippines to intensify drive offering free contraceptives

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:46:53 GMT2017-01-11T09:46:53Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church and pro-life groups....



3 Italian doctors suspended for tending ER patients on floor

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:35:42 GMT2017-01-10T21:35:42Z

ROME (AP) -- Three doctors at a Naples-area hospital have been suspended for treating emergency room patients while they were lying on the floor....



Obama health law posts solid sign-ups despite GOP repeal vow

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:27:52 GMT2017-01-10T19:27:52Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress may be moving to repeal "Obamacare," but millions of people are still signing up. The administration said Tuesday that 11.5 million enrolled nationwide through Dec. 24, ahead of last year's pace....



AP FACT CHECK: Despite woes Obamacare not in 'death spiral'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:53:46 GMT2017-01-10T08:53:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump says that President Barack Obama's health care law "will fall of its own weight."...



Q&A: A look at presidential farewell speeches

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:14:45 GMT2017-01-10T08:14:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The farewell address President Barack Obama plans to deliver Tuesday will continue a tradition established by the nation's first president more than two centuries ago....



Lawyers trade blame in meningitis outbreak trial

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:42:19 GMT2017-01-09T22:42:19Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The former president of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 put "profits over patients" and ignored repeated warning signs that drugs manufactured by his company were being contaminated by mold, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in a federal racketeering trial....



Takeda Pharmaceutical to buy Ariad in $4.7 billion cash deal

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:52:54 GMT2017-01-09T17:52:54Z

Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical has agreed to buy U.S. cancer drug developer Ariad Pharmaceuticals in a $4.7 billion deal....



GOP turns to arcane budget process to repeal Obamacare

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:54:51 GMT2017-01-09T16:54:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Yes, Donald Trump is taking charge and Republicans control both the House and Senate, having won an election promising to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law....



It's all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:13:12 GMT2017-01-09T16:13:12Z

Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests....



UnitedHealth buying Surgical Care for $2.3 billion

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:56:04 GMT2017-01-09T12:56:04Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- UnitedHealth Group is buying surgical center operator Surgical Care Affiliates for about $2.3 billion in a cash-and-stock deal that will add to its outpatient holdings....



German lawmaker's sex-on-prescription idea draws criticism

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:40:33 GMT2017-01-09T10:40:33Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German opposition lawmaker's suggestion that authorities could subsidize paid sex for patients who require nursing care has drawn a critical reception....



State GOP wary as Republicans push repeal of health law

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:10:33 GMT2017-01-09T10:10:33Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Congressional Republicans' drive to repeal the 2010 health care law has financial and political repercussions for GOP leaders in the states and gives Democrats potential openings as they struggle to reclaim power lost during President Barack Obama's tenure....