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Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

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Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say; HIV, other health programs hurt. More>>

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

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World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad. More>>

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

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Advocates for Latino immigrants say legal residents and U.S. citizens are avoiding care and treatment, fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the country illegally. More>>

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

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US health officials are pushing ahead with an unprecedented plan to make cigarettes less addictive and provide lower-risk alternative products to US smokers. More>>

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

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Nasty US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected. More>>

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

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Oregon voters will decide Tuesday whether to fund the state's expansion of Medicaid with taxes on hospitals and health insurers. More>>

Heat-not-burn cigarette alternative faces US scrutiny

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A device that heats tobacco without burning faces U.S. regulatory scrutiny. More>>

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

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Trump administration spells out plans to protect medical providers who refuse to carry out procedures such as abortions on moral or religious grounds. More>>

Sewage spill shuts beaches along California's Central Coast

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An official says nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean in Monterey County after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm. More>>

German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals

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A German nurse already serving a life sentence for two murders has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings. More>>

Letter sent to police barracks sickens 2 troopers, staffer

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Letter containing what investigators call 'biohazard' sent to Pennsylvania police barracks, sickens 3 employees. More>>

China's birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

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The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing family limits and allowing all couples to have two children. More>>

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

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Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. More>>

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

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President Donald Trump is addressing the anti-abortion March for Life from the White House Rose Garden. More>>

Power Five conferences approve medical benefits extension

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The five biggest conferences in the NCAA have approved a measure requiring their schools to extend medical coverage for two years after student-athletes leave campus. More>>

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

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Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage. More>>

Gov't scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown Video included

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NIH's Fauci says government shutdown would be disruptive for research. More>>

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

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Scientists taking a new shot at a universal vaccine to prevent regular winter flu and the next super-flu, too. More>>

Governors ask Trump, Congress to do more on opioid crisis

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State governors in the US are asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide more funding and coordination to deal with the opioid crisis. More>>

Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown

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Mother of mentally ill woman says her daughter, 22, was denied her lawful right to medical care when she was left in the cold outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a flimsy gown. More>>

New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

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Trump administration creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. More>>

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

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Several not-for-profit hospital groups will address drug shortages and high prices by creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. More>>

For rival camps in abortion debate, a weekend to mobilize

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Activists on both sides of the abortion debate will be rallying and marching over the next few days in their annual show of force. More>>

Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

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A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. More>>

Women march in Polish cities to demand abortion rights

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Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and other cities across Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country's already restrictive abortion law. More>>

Senate Dems question legality of Trump work requirements

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Democratic senators are questioning the legality of the Trump administration's new policy letting states make low-income adults work to get Medicaid coverage. More>>

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

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Walmart giving pharmacy customers packet that turns leftover opioids into useless gel. More>>

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

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A prestigious scientific panel is recommending states significantly lower their drunken driving threshold, saying 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths a year are unacceptable and 'entirely preventable'. More>>

What about the memory test Trump aced? It's not for everyone

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Cognitive tests give doctors a snapshot of someone's memory and certain other neurologic functions. More>>

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

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Authorities in the Russian region of Yakutia where temperatures have dropped to record lows are not reporting any disruptions of heating or crucial supplies. More>>

WHO: All of Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever

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World Health Organization includes all of Sao Paulo state to its list of areas at risk for yellow fever, recommending all foreign visitors be vaccinated as Brazil prepares for Carnival. More>>

Searches at French baby milk maker after salmonella scare

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French authorities are searching five sites run by dairy giant Lactalis in an investigation into the botched recall of baby milk products after a salmonella scare. More>>

CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images

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CVS Pharmacy promises to end touch ups up its beauty images in its marketing campaigns. More>>

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

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Scientists hunting universal vaccine to protect against regular winter flu _ and the next super-flu, too. More>>

Mississippi inmate in buttocks injection killing has died

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Authorities: Mississippi inmate convicted in 2014 in killing a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections has died. More>>

Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive in Punjab province

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Pakistani health official says special anti-polio drive launched in eastern Punjab province. More>>

Measles kills dozens of children in Indonesia's Papua

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An outbreak of measles has killed dozens of children in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province. More>>

Medicaid work mandate will create uncertainty in some states

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Several mostly Republican-leaning states are lining up to implement work or job-training requirements for certain Medicaid recipients now that the Trump administration has allowed it. More>>

Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

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Flu is blanketing the US, but officials think it may decline soon. More>>

Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

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The head of French dairy giant Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products due to a salmonella scare has been enlarged to 83 countries, far more than the previous recall in some 30 nations. More>>

US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

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U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at breast cancer patients who have an inherited mutation in the BRCA gene. More>>

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke

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Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they've felt let down by the man they helped elect. More>>

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

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Kentucky has become the first state to win approval from the Trump administration requiring many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage. More>>

Trump gets 'excellent health" report from WH doctor

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President Donald Trump's White House doctor is declaring him in 'excellent health' after his first medical checkup as president. More>>

'Arrogant' UK surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers

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A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service. More>>

NYC halts $9.6M incentive package to move Aetna to city

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New York City is halting a $9.6 million incentive package offered to Aetna to move its headquarters to the city. More>>

Court: Yes, there is doctor-patient confidentiality

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled on an issue that most people may think was already settled, saying doctors have a duty to keep patients' medical records confidential and can be sued if they don't. More>>

White House doctor: Trump in 'excellent health'

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President Donald Trump will be the patient himself, not the commander in chief comforting them, when he visits the Walter Reed military hospital this week. More>>

Hospital CEO apologizes for discharge of patient in gown

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The chief executive of a Baltimore hospital has apologized after a woman was discharged, wearing only a gown and socks, at a bus stop at night. More>>

The Latest: Doctor says Trump 'is in excellent health'

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Donald Trump is sitting for his first medical checkup as president at Walter Reed, undergoing a physical exam amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit. More>>

1st trial date set in state lawsuit over opioid epidemic

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The first trial date has been set for a lawsuit by a state against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. More>>

Illinois to replace vets' plumbing amid Legionnaire's crisis

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will replace plumbing at a home for military veterans that's been troubled by Legionnaires' disease. More>>

Eurovision winner Sobral has successful heart transplant

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Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has left a Portuguese hospital after a successful heart transplant. More>>

Medicaid recipients to get work requirements

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Trump's Medicaid work requirement rewrites health care rules for "able-bodied" poor. More>>

Zambia to vaccinate 1 million against cholera amid outbreak

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Zambia to vaccinate 1 million in its capital against cholera amid deadly outbreak. More>>

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

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IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu. More>>

Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor

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The Trump administration says it's offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and that's a major policy shift toward low-income people. More>>

Judge urges action on '100 percent manmade' opioid crisis

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A federal judge has likened the nation's opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is "100 percent manmade.". More>>

Hospital investigating discharge of patient in hospital gown

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The University of Maryland Medical Center is investigating how a woman was discharged from its midtown hospital to a bus stop at night, wearing only a hospital gown. More>>

Trump faces presidential fitness test amid raised concerns

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Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam as questions swirl about his health and fitness. More>>

Officials: Utah hepatitis A outbreak spread from San Diego

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Health officials say thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A in Utah amid a widening outbreak that originally spread from a large epidemic in San Diego. More>>

California examines prison guards' high suicide rate

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New research is trying to determine why California correction officers have a high suicide rate, and what to do about it. More>>

Trump signs bill to improve opioid screening technology

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President Donald Trump signs legislation aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents screening technology devices to stop the flow of illicit drugs. More>>

Trump health pick wary of government drug price negotiations

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HHS nominee Azar wary of broad government role in negotiating drug prices. More>>

Democrats move to offense on health care; seek 'big ideas'

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Democrats shift to offense on health care, set sights on coverage for all. More>>

Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany

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The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encourage their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. More>>

Correction: Alternative Remedies-Oversight story

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Correction: Alternative Remedies-Oversight story. More>>

Trump orders more mental health care options for veterans

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President Donald Trump's administration will try to curb the number of veteran suicides by improving mental health treatment for the high-risk group. More>>

Maryland seeks to turn health care mandate into down payment

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Maryland lawmakers seek to turn health care mandate into down payment for health insurance. More>>

Emory University gets $400 million gift, its largest ever

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Georgia's Emory University is receiving a $400 million gift _ the largest in the history of the institution _ to find new cures for disease and improve lives. More>>

Florida hack exposed files of up to 30,000 Medicaid patients

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Florida officials say hackers may have accessed personal information and medical records of up to 30,000 Medicaid recipients. More>>

Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions

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When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were suddenly place at the risk of a crackdown. More>>

Wife of Russian man slain in US meets vet who got his kidney

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A Russian man who was shot and killed in drive-by in Pittsburgh street last month donated his organs _ and the Army National Guard veteran who received his kidney has given an emotional thank-you to the man's widow. More>>

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