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US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama's law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday....



Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes....



Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll....



Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to 'save' it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of a key House committee is pledging that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it....



Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers....



'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression
NEW YORK (AP) -- The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show....



Ohio pulls license of 1 of state's last few abortion clinics
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio has revoked the operating license of one of the state's few remaining abortion clinics on the grounds that it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies....



Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare - and they are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans....



House OKs bill bolstering medical research, drug approvals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House easily approved a sweeping biomedical bill Wednesday that would help drug and medical device companies win swifter government approval of their products, boost disease research and drug-abuse spending and revamp federal mental health programs....