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Australian state reaches brink of legalizing mercy killings


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian state parliament on Wednesday stepped closer to passing a voluntary euthanasia bill, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill....

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend - but not by choice....

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says


CHICAGO (AP) -- Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found....

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans


HERALD, W.Va. (AP) -- A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet - test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia....

Ohio killer who survived execution files new court appeal


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A condemned killer whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution has appealed a judge's decision upholding the state's lethal injection system....

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior


NEW YORK (AP) -- A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors....

Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so....

Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....

Opioid crisis cost $504B in 2015, higher than once thought


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many American families and communities." It also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released Monday....

Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive....