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Critics: Remove statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

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Critics want New York City to remove a statue in Central Park that honors a 19th century doctor who used slaves in developing a pioneering approach to treating physical problems women can develop after childbirth. More>>

Officials: Do not eat fish caught in Shenango River

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State officials are warning people not to eat fish caught in a stretch of a western Pennsylvania river after tests found extremely high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical. More>>

Romania: Protest slams decree on jobs for disabled people

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People with disabilities _ some in wheelchairs, others with crutches _ have protested outside Romania's labor ministry against a measure they say could leave them jobless. More>>

APNewsBreak: Utah to obey order for DEA drug database search

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Utah will obey a court order to let the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration search a prescription-drug database without a warrant despite a state law designed to protect patient privacy. More>>

Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

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A Los Angeles jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. More>>

Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

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Three former U.S. health secretaries of both parties say President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Hispanics see barriers to nursing care Video included

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AP-NORC poll: Few older Hispanics are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs. More>>

Senate panel plans 2 hearings on girding health insurance

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A Republican Senate aide says the Senate health committee is scheduling two hearings early next month on how the nation's individual health insurance marketplaces can be stabilized. More>>

US health chief lauds China for help with opioid control

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says China has been an "incredible partner" in cracking down on synthetic opioids seen as fueling fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes Video included

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An AP-NORC poll finds that few older Hispanics are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs. More>>

Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

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Noted physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized Britain's health secretary for his use of scientific evidence to support changes in the National Health Service. More>>

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases

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Vietnam is battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past three weeks stretching its medical system. More>>

Father charged in baby boy's fatal overdose of opioid combo

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An Ohio man has been charged in the fatal drug overdose of his 1-year-old son. More>>

July ranks 2nd for heat globally, hottest recorded on land

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US government scientists calculate that Earth broiled last month to more record-like heat, calling it part of man-made global warming. More>>

Cambodian medic who spread HIV asks for court's mercy

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Unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner, sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV, says he only sought to provide care. More>>

3 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

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A leading U.S. hospital says it will pull an annual fundraiser from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after all. More>>

FDA OKs Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia

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FDA approves new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed. More>>

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

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Nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit opioids prescribed to first-time users; American Medical Association criticizes move. More>>

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

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Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or something else can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to catch the disease early _ using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood. More>>

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

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A new report finds drug overdose deaths among US teens have inched up after years of decline. More>>

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

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The White House says President Donald Trump will make August payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. More>>

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

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Congressional Budget Office: Higher premiums, fewer insurance options if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies. More>>

Colorful portraits show faces of New Hampshire drug crisis

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What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to both comfort others and reduce the stigma of addiction in New Hampshire. More>>

Researchers to study chemical contamination of US waters

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Professors at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University are studying chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. More>>

New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle

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A 1960s Great Society program, Medicaid gets new life after Republican health care bill collapses. More>>

South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis

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South Carolina is the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing. More>>

Police try out new database for documenting opioid overdoses

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Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. More>>

Austria orders recall of unapproved cancer drug

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Austrian authorities have ordered a recall of a cancer medication that was put on the market without proper approval. More>>

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

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Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged there was a lack of oxygen supply in the children's ward. More>>

Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter

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Montana's health care co-op resumes accepting new enrollees on Sunday after it voluntarily pulled itself from the state's insurance marketplace in December. More>>

Philippines to cull 200,000 fowl after bird flu outbreak

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The Philippines will cull at least 400,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported. More>>

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

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The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature is poised to restrict insurance coverage for abortions over the objections of opponents who are decrying that no exception would be made in cases of rape or incest. More>>

Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile

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Nepal has strengthened laws against demanding dowry payments and exiling menstruating women in an effort to improve women's safety and equality. More>>

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

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Study: Trump administration actions are triggering double-digit premium increases for next year on individual health insurance policies. More>>

EU: 17 nations get tainted eggs, products in growing scandal

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EU officials say 15 countries including Hong Kong have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal. More>>

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

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The Vatican says Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals. More>>

Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

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President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency.". More>>

Study boosts hope of 'liquid biopsies' for cancer screening

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Scientists have the first major evidence that blood tests called liquid biopsies hold promise for screening people for cancer. More>>

The Latest: Report: Egg scandal suspect denies involvement

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The EU says it wants to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month to discuss the egg contamination scandal. More>>

First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii

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Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug. More>>

The Latest: Romania seizes eggs imported from Germany

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British food safety authorities say far more eggs tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom than previously thought, but say the number is a tiny fraction of the number of eggs consumed each year in the country. More>>

Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs

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Dutch and Belgian authorities are carrying out raids as part of a criminal investigation into the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms. More>>

109 US salmonella cases now linked to papayas from Mexico

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U.S. health officials say more people have contracted salmonella by eating papayas from a farm in southern Mexico. More>>

New Hampshire is latest state to sue OxyContin manufacturer

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office is suing the drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, alleging it has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic. More>>

High-tech ideas to fix opioid crisis compete for Ohio grants

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A call by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) for scientific breakthroughs to help solve the opioid crisis is drawing interest from dozens of groups with ideas including remote controlled medication dispensers and monitor devices for addicts. More>>

Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users

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A medical journal report reveals that a safe haven for drug users has been operating in the United States for three years. More>>

Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

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Many states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines for high school athletes. More>>

Trump pledges US will beat opioid drug epidemic Video included

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President Donald Trump is attending a briefing on the country's opioid drug epidemic during his break from Washington. More>>

How to know if your child is transgender: What experts say

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Tips for parents wondering if their child is transgender, from two of America's leading experts. More>>

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