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Utah launches campaign to fight opioid abuse, overdoses

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Utah pharmacists will start putting red stickers on bottles of opioids that warn patients about the risk of overdose and addiction as part of a new awareness campaign to combat painkiller abuses and deaths. More>>

US facing shortage of yellow fever vaccine for travelers

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US travelers could face shortage of yellow fever vaccine. More>>

FDA approves 1st targeted drug for certain leukemia patients

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U.S. regulators have approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia. More>>

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

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A jury in central England has found a prominent breast cancer surgeon guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations. More>>

AP Explains: Can chronic meth use lead to psychosis?

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AP Explains: Can chronic meth use lead to psychosis?. More>>

11 dead of mystery illness in Liberia as Ebola is ruled out

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9 dead of mystery illness in Liberia as Ebola is ruled out; all had attended family funeral. More>>

Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

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Charmaine Yoest, former president of a leading anti-abortion organization, was appointed Friday by President Donald Trump to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. More>>

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

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Doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. More>>

Diners may have to wait longer for restaurant calorie counts

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Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait _ again. More>>

Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas

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A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risk for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year. More>>

Documents: Lead paint found in Indiana emergency housing

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Documents show lead paint was discovered outside nearly half of the units intended for families leaving an Indiana public-housing complex because of lead contamination. More>>

Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week

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The conservative House Freedom Caucus has endorsed a revised version of the GOP health care bill, but Republican moderates are wary. More>>

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

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Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled. More>>

Blood test offers hope for better lung cancer treatment

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Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment, they reported Wednesday. More>>

Spain offers to host EU medicines agency after Brexit

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Competition is heating up among European Union countries hoping to reap some of the benefits of Britain's exit from the EU, with Spain joining the list of nations bidding to host the bloc's medicines oversight body. More>>

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow Video included

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Scientists created an artificial womb enough like mom's to help tiny lambs grow for a month _ boosting hopes that it might one day help extremely premature babies. More>>

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

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The Supreme Court is considering a dispute between rival drug companies that could affect how quickly life-saving generic medicines are available to the public. More>>

'Superbug' fungus new menace in US hospitals, mostly NY, NJ

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'Superbug' fungus is new menace in US hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. More>>

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

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California lawmakers are considering a proposal that would overhaul the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurers and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. More>>

Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean Video included

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For teenagers in treatment for addiction, returning to school means resisting offers to get high with old friends. More>>

Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track Video included

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Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. More>>

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

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U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. More>>

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

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The moribund Republican health care bill has received a jolt of life because the conservative House Freedom Caucus has endorsed a revised version of the measure. More>>

Livestrong revenue dropped again in 2015, trending up now

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The Livestrong cancer charity saw another fundraising and contributions nosedive in 2015 for a third straight year after founder Lance Armstrong's performance-enhancing drug scandal. More>>

Environmentalists sue government for Lake Erie's toxic algae

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Several environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it isn't doing enough to protect Lake Erie from toxic algae. More>>

Trailblazing Colorado abortion law marks 50th anniversary

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It's the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking Colorado law that significantly loosened restrictions on legal abortions. More>>

Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

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The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General. More>>

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow Video included

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Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies _ and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. More>>

Azerbaijan former minister sentenced to 3 more years

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A former health minister of Azerbaijan who has been imprisoned since 2005 has been sentenced to seven more years behind bars. More>>

Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert

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The Supreme Court seems closely divided about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago. More>>

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

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A hardball tactic to force congressional Democrats to negotiate on President Donald Trump's health care priorities might end up backfiring. More>>

Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story

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3 African countries chosen to test world's 1st malaria vaccine. More>>

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress Video included

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When Congress returns to work this coming week, they'll find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation, and a budget deadline that's dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. More>>

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House Video included

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Republican leaders in Congress remain dubious that a health care bill can emerge from the House next week after lawmakers return from their spring break. More>>

FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

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Federal regulators have approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. More>>

Indian public health group loses permit for foreign funds

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India's government has canceled permission for foreign funding for one of the country's main public health organizations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More>>

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

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The Trump administration and the Republican-led House are revisiting the question of whether adults who are able to work should be required to work to get taxpayer-provided health insurance. More>>

FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

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U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful opioid painkillers, codeine and tramadol. More>>

Italy upholds vaccine requirements for preschoolers

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Italy's top administrative body has rejected a challenge by parents over mandatory vaccines for children attending a northern town's pre-schools. More>>

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

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The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. More>>

AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

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Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. More>>

EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has toured an Indiana public-housing complex on where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination. More>>

FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

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Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. More>>

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

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Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. More>>

Judge: Parents of boy hurt by forceps delivery get $42M

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A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries caused after a doctor used forceps to deliver the boy. More>>

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets Video included

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President Donald Trump has signed a bill extending a program that lets veterans seek medical care in the private sector. More>>

Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping a private-sector partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain will reduce some of its strain in providing urgent care to about 120,000 veterans at the Phoenix VA medical center. More>>

Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid

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Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. More>>

Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

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A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone. More>>

Iowa lawmakers OK 20-week abortion ban, 3-day wait period

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Iowa legislators sent Gov. Terry Branstad a measure Tuesday that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure. More>>

Jury sides with Petco in death of boy from rat-bite fever

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A San Diego jury has sided with Petco in a lawsuit by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from bacteria from a rat purchased from the retailer. More>>

Feds practice Ebola evacuations despite past Trump criticism

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The Trump administration recently conducted drills for transporting Ebola virus patients to the United States, even though Donald Trump railed against his predecessor's decision to bring Ebola-infected patients to the U.S. for treatment in 2014. More>>

Johnson & Johnson says pricing competition squeezed 1Q sales

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Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter profit dipped due to slightly higher spending and a bigger tax bill, but the health care giant gave a rosier financial forecast for the year. More>>

Theranos agrees to pay $4.65 million in Arizona refunds

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Arizona's top prosecutor says embattled blood testing company Theranos has agreed to pay $4.65 million to cover full refunds for every customer in the state who used the company's testing services. More>>

Microsoft's Gates appeals to Britain to maintain foreign aid

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has appealed to Britain's leaders to maintain current levels of foreign aid, saying that it is a good investment for both the U.K. and the world. More>>

Lawsuit: Army should factor PTSD in discharge decisions

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A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. More>>

Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

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A new national poll says Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain. More>>

Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

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Prince William has brought Lady Gaga on board with in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue. More>>

Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs Video included

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With some 2 million Americans hooked on opioid painkillers, drug companies are racing to find alternatives to stem the epidemic. More>>

Dental clinic where children got infections can reopen

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A Southern California dental clinic where nearly 70 kids contracted serious infections has received permission from health officials to reopen. More>>

Dana Woldow, crusader for healthy school lunches, dies at 65

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Dana Woldow, who drew national attention when she began a fight to rid California schools of junk food, has died. More>>

Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

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An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy. More>>

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

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Alaska, a place unlike any other in the U.S., has some of the highest health care and insurance costs in the nation. More>>

President aims for tobacco-free Turkmenistan by 2025

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Turkmenistan's president has signed a program aimed at pushing forward his goal of making the Central Asian country tobacco-free by 2025. More>>

How Trump insurance changes could affect coverage next year

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The Trump administration has released limited fixes for shaky Obama-era health insurance markets, but insurers say it's not enough. More>>

20 killed in Sri Lanka as massive mound of garbage collapses

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A massive mound of garbage has collapsed in Sri Lanka, killing 19 people, injuring 13 and forcing more than 600 others to flee their homes during festivities to mark the local new year. More>>

Lilly's rheumatoid arthritis pill rejected by regulators

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Eli Lilly says U.S. regulators rejected its much-anticipated pill for the immune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, the drugmaker's second drug development setback since November. More>>

Hyland's teething tablets recalled over levels of toxic herb

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Hyland's teething tablets are being recalled nationwide due to inconsistent levels of toxic belladonna. More>>

Widow of Italian right-to-die protagonist turns herself in

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The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy's euthanasia debate has turned herself into police after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die. More>>

Health inspectors ding Trump's Mar-a-Lago eateries

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Reports show Florida health inspectors dinged President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 13 violations. More>>

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