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Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:42:43 GMT2017-02-25T16:42:43Z

CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:39:49 GMT2017-02-25T17:39:49Z

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding....

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:11:54 GMT2017-02-24T23:11:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners....

Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:17:50 GMT2017-02-24T10:17:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Add Medicaid expansion to the list of Obama-era health care provisions that Americans want to keep. A new poll finds that 8 in 10 say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for some 11 million low-income people....

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....

Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:45:16 GMT2017-02-24T17:45:16Z

OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) -- George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination....

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:24:55 GMT2017-02-24T17:24:55Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight....

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....

Transgender boy wins controversial girls state title

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:45:09 GMT2017-02-26T00:45:09Z

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) -- A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he's taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage....