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Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:54:16 GMT2017-02-22T19:54:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection....

Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:03:08 GMT2017-02-22T17:03:08Z

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you....

New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:32:48 GMT2017-02-22T16:32:48Z

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) -- After their rape and torture by Islamic State extremists for months or years, Yazidi women face ongoing suffering from psychological trauma even if they do manage to escape....

Life expectancy to keep rising; S. Korean women could hit 91

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:40:57 GMT2017-02-22T00:40:57Z

LONDON (AP) -- While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 - with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 - Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts....

Anorexic, bulimic woman who fought force-feeding dies at 30

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:36:58 GMT2017-02-22T21:36:58Z

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- An anorexic and bulimic woman who petitioned a court to refuse force-feeding has died three months after a judge granted her request....

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:54:39 GMT2017-02-21T21:54:39Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements....

State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:38:34 GMT2017-02-22T01:38:34Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem....

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:57:50 GMT2017-02-22T08:57:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says....

Mosquito saliva vaccine? NIH tests new way to fight illness

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:49:30 GMT2017-02-21T17:49:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine - one that acts against the bugs' saliva....

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:23:37 GMT2017-02-21T23:23:37Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal appeals court plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again....