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5 doctors charged with taking kickbacks to tout painkiller

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:17:37 GMT2018-03-16T20:17:37Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Five New York City doctors have been charged with taking bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller....

Report: Abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:54:10 GMT2018-03-16T18:54:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abortions in the U.S. are very safe but getting one without facing delays and false medical information depends on where women live, says a broad examination of the nation's abortion services....

Yellow fever shots urged for Brazil travelers amid outbreak

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:29:29 GMT2018-03-16T17:29:29Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are warning travelers to stay away from certain areas of Brazil if they haven't been vaccinated against yellow fever....

Mystery surrounds how ex-Russian spy was poisoned in UK

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:28:08 GMT2018-03-16T15:28:08Z

LONDON (AP) -- As British authorities investigate the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, there is much mystery about how exactly the brazen attack was carried out. Here are some of the unanswered questions that British officials are chasing:...

2 women offer differing views of crisis pregnancy centers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:26:35 GMT2018-03-16T12:26:35Z

Accounts from two women who visited crisis pregnancy centers , with differing views of the experience:...

Abortion, free speech collide in Supreme Court dispute

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:26:08 GMT2018-03-16T12:26:08Z

GILROY, Calif. (AP) -- Informed Choices is what its president describes as a "life-affirming" pregnancy center on the edge of downtown Gilroy in northern California....

Police: Doctor tested sex of fetus in car in Indian forest

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:26:44 GMT2018-03-16T09:26:44Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- In India, where aborted female fetuses have contributed to a nationwide gender imbalance, it's illegal for doctors to reveal the sex of an unborn child. But with boys still often far more valued than girls, a lucrative business thrives underground....

House to try again on bill easing use of unapproved drugs

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:41:45 GMT2018-03-15T23:41:45Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House plans to try anew next week to approve a Republican bill making it simpler for fatally ill people to try unproven treatments. And this time, the measure seems certain to pass....

Veterans chief Shulkin says he has no intention of quitting

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:22:59 GMT2018-03-15T20:22:59Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, under fire for ethics violations, said Thursday that he has no intention of leaving his job even as the White House hinted at the possibility of "personnel changes" to lead the beleaguered agency....

FDA begins push to cut addictive nicotine in cigarettes

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:00:39 GMT2018-03-15T19:00:39Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked....

Judge blocks Ohio ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:35:43 GMT2018-03-14T22:35:43Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A state law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome was placed on hold by a federal judge on Wednesday....

Doctors hunt for hidden cancers with glowing dyes

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:13:01 GMT2018-03-14T04:13:01Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor - until doctors turned off the lights and the patient's chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung....

The Latest: House rejects experimental drug bill

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:58:51 GMT2018-03-13T22:58:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on legislation concerning experimental drugs (all times local):...

Barbershop study trimmed black men's hair and blood pressure

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:19:43 GMT2018-03-12T12:19:43Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve health....

Trump promising consumers digital-age health care approach

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:10:41 GMT2018-03-12T04:10:41Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that reliably compare cost and quality of medical tests....

Study: Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:40:50 GMT2018-03-10T15:40:50Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover the pricey treatment more often....

Major Chinese city orders traffic, factory curbs due to smog

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:59:32 GMT2018-03-10T08:59:32Z

BEIJING (AP) -- One of China's biggest cities has imposed curbs on traffic and factories due to a spike in air pollution and told elderly people and children to stay indoors....

'Pharma Bro' gets 7 years in prison in securities fraud case

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:40:29 GMT2018-03-09T21:40:29Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The smirk wiped off his face, a crying Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud Friday in a hard fall for the pharmaceutical-industry bad boy vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug....

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:45:28 GMT2018-03-09T19:45:28Z

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company....

'Pharma Bro' tearfully apologizes, then sentenced to prison

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:09:44 GMT2018-03-09T19:09:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Martin Shrkeli, the smirking "Pharma Bro" vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds....

The Latest: The Latest: 'Pharma Bro' sentenced to prison

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:57:50 GMT2018-03-09T18:57:50Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli (all times local):...

West Virginia records 872 overdoses last year

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:45:23 GMT2018-03-09T18:45:23Z

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's death toll from drug overdoses has improved slightly, with 872 deaths last year....

5 infants injured in hospital newborn unit; nurse suspended

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 02:23:51 GMT2018-03-09T02:23:51Z

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended, a federal agency said in a report after it inspected the hospital...

The Latest: Abortion opponents applaud Mississippi law

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:16:35 GMT2018-03-08T23:16:35Z

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The Latest on a proposal in Mississippi to ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy (all times local):...

Cigna to spend about $52 billion for Express Scripts

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:45:56 GMT2018-03-08T13:45:56Z

The insurer Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs....

German government calculates deaths from nitrogen dioxide

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:51:54 GMT2018-03-08T09:51:54Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The Germany government says thousands of people die prematurely each year from the harmful effects of nitrogen dioxide, a gas that's also produced by diesel engines....

Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:11:18 GMT2018-03-08T06:11:18Z

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) -- In a cramped hospital near Colombia's border with Venezuela, migrants fill stretchers bearing the wounds of the deteriorating nation they left behind....

Herbalist charged in death of diabetic boy treated with oils

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 01:04:33 GMT2018-03-08T01:04:33Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An herbalist who touted natural cures that helped him overcome cancer has been charged in the 2014 death of a 13-year-old diabetic boy who prosecutors said he treated with herbal oils instead of insulin....

The Latest: Lawyer says herbalist didn't cause boy's death

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:06:19 GMT2018-03-08T00:06:19Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on charges against an herbalist in the death of a 13-year-old diabetic boy (all times local):...

Law aids nuclear site workers seeking worker's comp

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 22:50:29 GMT2018-03-07T22:50:29Z

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A bill designed to make it easier for the thousands of workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to qualify for worker compensation benefits was signed into law Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee....

Hawaii legislature advances doctor-assisted suicide measure

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:29:53 GMT2018-03-07T11:29:53Z

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients....

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 21:22:02 GMT2018-03-06T21:22:02Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain....

Opioid overdoses in ERs up 30 percent as crisis worsens

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:37:05 GMT2018-03-06T20:37:05Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Emergency rooms saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year - the latest evidence the nation's drug crisis is getting worse....

White House wants user-friendly electronic health records

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:27:54 GMT2018-03-06T20:27:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration Tuesday launched a new effort under the direction of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner to overcome years of problems with electronic medical records and make them easier for patients to use....

Argentina lawmakers propose legalizing elective abortion

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:55:05 GMT2018-03-06T19:55:05Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- More than 70 Argentine lawmakers of several political parties presented a bill Tuesday to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy....

UnitedHealthcare to pass drug rebates on to some customers

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:44:34 GMT2018-03-06T14:44:34Z

The nation's largest health insurer plans to give some customers a break at the pharmacy counter starting next year....

Contaminated food in South Africa kills 180 in last year

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:31:49 GMT2018-03-06T11:31:49Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Several southern African countries have recalled some processed meats from South Africa after the deaths of 180 people there from contaminated food since early last year....

Can ride-hailing companies cure medical transportation woes?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:38:12 GMT2018-03-05T21:38:12Z

Lyft and Uber are attempting to cure a major medical problem for poor people and the elderly: Getting a ride to the doctor....

Child sex abuse in Turkey sparks debate on best prevention

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 13:24:06 GMT2018-03-04T13:24:06Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A man suspected of raping a sleeping 4-year-old girl during a wedding in southern Turkey narrowly escaped a neighborhood lynching attempt, sparking a public outcry and calls for the government to prevent and more severely punish child sexual abuse....