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CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

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The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other recent past directors. More>>

Veteran who survived blast receives unusual penis transplant

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Doctors at a Baltimore hospital have performed the most extensive penis transplant to date, this one also involving the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. More>>

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

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The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month. More>>

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

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The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. More>>

Legislative hearing on aid-in-dying bill attracts big crowds

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A legislative hearing on a proposal to authorize people with terminal illness to request life-ending medication from their physician has attracted hundreds of people on both sides of the contentious issue. More>>

It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

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Now it's Washington's turn to examine White House physician Ronny Jackson. The doctor to Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump is an Iraq War veteran nominated to head the Veterans Affairs Department. More>>

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

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Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. More>>

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case from a British mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support. More>>

UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

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Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment. More>>

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

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The World Health Organization says that the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way" and mostly given to people previously infected with the disease. More>>

'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery

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Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer. More>>

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

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US panel says a medicine made from the marijuana plant should be approved to treat severe epileptic seizures in children. More>>

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

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New data show that prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. had their biggest drop in 25 years in 2017. More>>

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile Video included

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A prominent biomedical ethics expert predicts that in 20 to 40 years, many parents will choose babies from dozens of embryos, after examining DNA information on each. More>>

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

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Study suggests warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve organ transplants. More>>

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

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Married patients with melanoma are slightly more likely to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than unmarried patients. More>>

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

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In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient _ who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. More>>

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

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US health officials propose steps to improve the government's oversight of medical devices. More>>

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

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A key Democratic senator says President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency. More>>

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

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Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma. More>>

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

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Federal health officials say a closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant significantly reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the U.S. More>>

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

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New research suggests that many more lung cancer patients may benefit from treatments that boost the immune system, which have scored some of their biggest wins until now in less common cancer types. More>>

Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

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Overdoses are fueling organ donations and new study offers reassurance that they can be an appropriate option for some transplant candidates. More>>

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

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Building on Obama-era policy, Trump administration sees medication-based treatment as key to lowering overdose deaths from opioids. More>>

Citing opioid crisis, feds seek rule change for drugmakers

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Drugmakers would be required to identify the legitimate need for controlled substances to justify their production under a proposed rule intended to rein in the diversion of drugs for illicit purposes. More>>

Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces

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Los Angeles police say $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized from vendors in downtown's fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead and traces of animal feces. More>>

UK court rules against parents who want treatment for son

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Britain's Court of Appeal has ruled against the parents of a terminally ill toddler who are seeking permission to take him to Italy for medical treatment. More>>

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

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Groundbreaking national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to the professor leading the project. More>>

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

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Federal officials say a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an eastern Idaho nuclear site but there are no injuries and the public is not in danger. More>>

Hundreds of Romanian health workers protest wage cuts

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Hundreds of Romanian health workers protest pay cuts following government promises to hike salaries in the health sector amid a general tax and wage overhaul. More>>

Fish oil capsules don't help dry eye symptoms, study finds

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Many doctors recommend them, but fish oil supplements failed to help people with dry eye when put to a scientific test. More>>

Russians protest garbage dumps blighting Moscow region

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Large protests have taken place in nine cities and towns in the Moscow region over pollution from landfills and against plans to build a garbage incinerator. More>>

Estonia offers free genetic testing in nationwide experiment

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Estonia offers residents free genetic profiling, DNA tests in a trial scheme aimed minimizing risk for diseases and boosting healthier life. More>>

Canadian pharmacy fined $34 million for illegal imports

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A Canadian online pharmacy is expected to be fined $34 million for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States. More>>

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

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Large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day. More>>

Brazil yellow fever vaccination campaign far short of goal

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Brazil's Health Ministry says its yellow fever vaccination campaign is significantly short of its goal and that 10 million people still need to be immunized. More>>

The Latest: Radioactive material washed off 3 firefighters

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U.S. officials say the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site might not be the last because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes knowing the exact contents of similar barrels difficult. More>>

Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

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The head of the Vatican's bioethics think tank says he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British child whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care. More>>

New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner

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Scientists propose new way to define Alzheimer's disease using biological signs, such as brain changes, not just memory loss and other symptoms. More>>

Policy on bullying eyed after 12-year-old hangs himself

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More than a month has passed since a 12-year-old boy hanged himself in his father's garage after being bullied at school in Mississippi. Now experts say his school's policy lacks written consequences for bullies or support for victims. More>>

Navajo Nation latest to sue over opioid epidemic in US

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Navajo Nation latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused opioid crisis. More>>

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

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An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving. More>>

Workers' radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition

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Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal. More>>

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month

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A new study finds that Zika's risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, quicker than health officials thought. More>>

Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana

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Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization. More>>

Number, severity of brain injuries raises dementia risk

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A large study is adding to evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life. More>>

Company: Storage tank didn't cause fertility clinic failure

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A Michigan company that supplied an Ohio fertility clinic's storage tank says its equipment didn't malfunction or cause the loss of more than 4,000 eggs and embryos in early March and blames the failure on human error. More>>

Fake pot likely tainted with rat poison kills 3, sickens 100

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Fake marijuana likely tainted with rat poison kills 3 people in Illinois, sickens more than 100. More>>

Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s. More>>

California offshore oil firms hit with nearly 400 violations

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An environmental group says oil and gas companies drilling off the coast of Southern California violated state regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years. More>>

Abortion objectors may get a pass on health law penalty

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Trump administration expands exemptions from health coverage penalty _ including one for people who object to abortions. More>>

Democratic attorneys general fight Texas health care lawsuit

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Sixteen states with Democratic attorneys general are pushing back against a Texas lawsuit to invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. More>>

Federal lawsuit seeks to block Kentucky's new abortion law

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Opponents of a new Kentucky law putting more restrictions on abortions have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block it. More>>

FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall

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FDA puts new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject of complaints. More>>

Free-range parenting laws letting kids roam could catch on

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After Utah passed the country's first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, states from New York to Texas are considering similar steps. More>>

Australian farm sells melons after fatal listeria outbreak

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An Australian farm has recommenced selling cantaloupes despite being blamed for an outbreak of the deadly listeria bacteria that the World Health Organization said killed seven people and caused a miscarriage in Australia. More>>

Study: Stop-smoking drugs Chantix, Zyban pose no heart risks

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New research shows the stop-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban are as safe for the heart as nicotine patches and dummy pills. More>>

Health officials: Prison program helps lower overdose deaths

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State health officials say the number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island declined in 2017 after years of steady increases. More>>

Olympians back California plan for disclosures on doctors

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Olympians who were abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are supporting legislation that would make California the first state to require doctors to tell their patients if they are on probation. More>>

California bill would create health care price controls

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California's government would set prices for health care services under a measure in the state Assembly. More>>

New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner

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Scientists propose new way to define Alzheimer's disease using biological signs, such as brain changes, not just memory loss and other symptoms. More>>

Quintuplets born at Phoenix hospital are 'angels'

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The parents of quintuplets born in Phoenix last month are praising the health care staff who helped them welcome five healthy babies into the world. More>>

Opioid crisis: Top doctor urges access to overdose antidote

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The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone in an effort to combat the nation's opioid crisis. More>>

Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

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An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off _ again. More>>

Michigan to close Flint's free bottled water sites

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the four remaining free bottled water stations in Flint are closing. More>>

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6B a year for care

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Report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More>>

Medically assisted suicide becomes legal in Hawaii

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed a bill legalizing medically assisted suicide. More>>

Woman sues Idaho fertility doctor for using his own sperm

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A Washington state woman is suing an Idaho fertility doctor after discovering though an online ancestry website that the man had secretly fathered her. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see drug addiction as a disease

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A slim majority of Americans say drug addiction is a disease that requires medical treatment, but stigma persists. More>>

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