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Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends
CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there's a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S....



Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low....



Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law....



Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....



Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths were caused during the year by diseases from toxic exposure....



WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'
GENEVA (AP) -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses. But the World Health Organization's new chief is making the longtime African leader a "goodwill ambassador."...



94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, UN health agency says
GENEVA (AP) -- An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday....



Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow....



Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over "Obamacare." For consumers, it offers a potential respite from the spiral of rising premiums and dwindling choice....



Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. After his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumor....