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Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

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The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control. More>>

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Woman who got attention by giving birth to 7 kids has died

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Patricia Frustaci, a Southern California woman who made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children, has died. More>>

Flu season shows signs of leveling off

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Health officials say this nasty flu season, which has been surging for months, may be leveling off. More>>

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine

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Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness giant Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations. More>>

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

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The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against influenza. More>>

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

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McDonald's is banishing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu. More>>

Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit

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The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. More>>

Report details harm to Cuba diplomats but offers no cause

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Doctors are releasing the first detailed medical reports about concussion-like symptoms suffered in what the State Department has called health attacks on U.S. diplomats in Cuba. More>>

Soda on children's menus could fizz out in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire restaurants would no longer be allowed to offer soda as a beverage choice for children's meals under a bill before a House committee. More>>

How best to treat opioids' youngest sufferers? No one knows

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A surge in infants born in the U.S. with withdrawal symptoms from their mothers' opioid use has outpaced science on how best to treat them. More>>

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

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The first blood test to help diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. More>>

Gov't says health costs to keep growing faster than economy

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Gov't says U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy through 2026. More>>

Italy court sends right-to-die case to Constitutional Court

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A court in Milan has asked Italy's Constitutional Court to rule in the case of a right-to-die advocate who brought a well-known DJ to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland to die after he was paralyzed in a car crash. More>>

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight the AIDS virus? Video included

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Scientists are trying gene therapy to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. More>>

Pot-users want judge to declare marijuana safe under US law

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Federal judge in New York to hear arguments in lawsuit that targets federal marijuana lawslaws. More>>

Oregon House OKs health care as a right, funding questioned

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Oregon's Legislature is considering taking a step toward enshrining the right to health care in its state constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States. More>>

Gates focuses on schools while examining US poverty issues Video included

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Bill and Melinda Gates, the world's foremost philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront their unsatisfactory track record, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree with. More>>

Dutch law to make everyone organ donors unless they opt out

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Dutch senators have approved a new law that makes everybody a potential organ donor unless they decide to opt out of the system. More>>

Number of lawsuits challenging opioid industry still growing

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The number of lawsuits continues to grow in a combined federal challenge of drug companies' role in the opioid crisis. More>>

Swiss govt seeks to bar minors from tanning salons

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The Swiss government says minors should be barred from using tanning salons because of the long-term risk that radiation from ultraviolet beds could cause skin cancer. More>>

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

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The first blood test to help diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. More>>

14 worms pulled from woman's eye after rare infection

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Doctors pull 14 worms from eye of Oregon woman in rare case of infection spread by flies. More>>

Measles cases in Europe tripled last year, officials say

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said the number of measles cases across the continent tripled last year and is continuing to cause new outbreaks due to low immunization rates. More>>

Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

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A report by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill finds that drugmakers with the biggest-selling opioid painkillers contributed $10 million over six years to outside groups that could help spread their message. More>>

Marijuana's 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

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Marijuana users' April 20 holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes. More>>

Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever; 37 dead

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Nigeria reports up to 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever this year; 37 confirmed dead. More>>

Hospital OKs agreement with Ohio city's last abortion clinic

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Gloria Steinem is weighing in to try to save the last abortion clinic in her Ohio hometown. More>>

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

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Purdue Pharma, which has made billions from the pain drug OxyContin, said it will stop promoting opioid pain drugs to doctors. More>>

Trump's big promises on drug costs followed by modest steps

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Trump has made big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is moving toward relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. More>>

Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat

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A Romanian university has published the results of a study on how safe it is to eat snow. More>>

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

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US flu season, still worsening, is now as bad as the height of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. More>>

Trump aims to reduce drug costs under Medicare

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Drug companies would bear a bigger share of Medicare's costs under the congressional budget deal. More>>

The Latest: Trump aims to reduce drug costs under Medicare

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Trump making first proposal to cut cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients. More>>

Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare

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Trump making first proposal to cut cost of prescription drugs for Medicare recipients. More>>

Insulin quality questions have diabetes experts scrambling

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A tiny study suggests insulin vials don't contain as much as stated, prompting plans for a bigger study to reassure patients. More>>

Scientists aim at joint injuries that can trigger arthritis

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Ankle, knee injuries can lead to arthritis even in younger adults, and animal research points to possible future protection. More>>

On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump's big promises

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President Donald Trump has made big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is moving toward relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. More>>

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

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AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018, only 3 percent less than last year despite Trump's repeal push. More>>

Kentucky hopes website will track Medicaid work requirements

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Kentucky became the first state with a work requirement for Medicaid and now the state has to build a website that works. More>>

Professor reprimanded over selfie with severed heads

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A newly released document shows a top University of Connecticut dental school professor was reprimanded over a selfie showing him and several students with two severed heads used for medical research. More>>

88-year-old man who tried to kill wife with hammer sentenced

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88-year-old man who tried to kill his wife with a hammer at her New York nursing home sentenced to 6 months in jail; tells judge he wanted to end wife's suffering from dementia. More>>

West African nation of Guinea reports Lassa fever death

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West African nation of Guinea reports 1st Lassa fever death in nearly 25 years. More>>

2nd man has gene editing; therapy has no safety flags so far

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Doctors have treated a second patient in a historic gene editing study in California. More>>

Herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, regulators say

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U.S. health authorities say a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain treatment contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. More>>

Maryland Governor shows off scars after cancer surgery

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is showing off his battle scars in what he says is his second successful fight against cancer. More>>

Baby, it's cold in there: Explorers test endurance in Poland

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Explorers are testing the endurance of humans and equipment in temperatures around minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 F) in a laboratory in southern Poland. More>>

Norovirus at Olympics has officials scrambling, worried

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A norovirus outbreak at the Pyeongchang Games has officials scrambling on the eve of the biggest event in South Korea in years. More>>

Administration calls family planning program 'important'

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Trump administration promises "no gaps in service" after delay in renewing family planning funds. More>>

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

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Government studies offer no clear answers on safety of cellphone radiation. More>>

Sanofi: No proof that vaccine linked to Philippines deaths

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Drugmaker Sanofi insists there is no evidence of a link between the world's first dengue vaccine and children's deaths in the Philippines. More>>

British officials condemn Trump remarks on UK health care

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President Donald Trump is citing protests over health care funding in Britain to attack Democrats for "pushing for Universal HealthCare.". More>>

Not just boy and girl; more teens identify as transgender

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New research suggests that far more U.S. teens are transgender or gender nonconforming than previously thought. More>>

$300M health care system cost to protect religious rights

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$300M health system cost for Trump administration effort to protect rights of clinicians who object to abortion. More>>

Female genital mutilation continues as change comes slowly

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Female genital mutilation continues as change comes slowly; 'I now understand this is wrong'. More>>

Indian fake doctor infects 21 with HIV with tainted syringes

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An Indian health official says a fake doctor treating poor villagers for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles. More>>

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

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U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents; advocacy groups are pressing for further reductions. More>>

Military to cover for norovirus-hit Winter Olympics security

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About 1,200 people working security at the Pyeongchang Olympics are being kept in their rooms while they're tested for norovirus. More>>

APNewsBreak: Dental students took selfie with severed heads

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Graduate dental school students and top University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took selfie with two severed heads donated to medical research at Yale University last year. More>>

Thousands march to demand more money for UK health service

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Thousands of people have marched through London demanding more government money for Britain's overburdened National Health Service. More>>

Groundhog Day report: Flu's worsening shadow blanketing US

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On Groundhog Day, health officials say flu's shadow continues to cover United States. More>>

UK allows doctors to make babies with DNA from 3 people

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Britain's fertility authority says it has granted permission to doctors at clinic in northeastern England to create babies from the DNA of three people, to help prevent two women from passing on fatal, genetic diseases to their children. More>>

Sanofi rejects Philippine plea for refund on used vaccines

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A Sanofi Pasteur official says the French drugmaker cannot comply with a request by Philippine officials for a refund of dengue vaccines injected on more than 830,000 children because it would imply that the drug is ineffective. More>>

Florida ER nurse in viral video: 'Wash your stinking hands'

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A Florida nurse went on a Facebook video rant about the "cesspool of funky flu" in emergency room waiting areas and offered a "magic trick" for staying well by sneezing into the crook of your arm. More>>

Tax overhaul charge hands Merck 4Q loss despite higher sales

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Merck posts 4th-quarter loss of $872 million. Its adjusted results topped Wall Street's expectations. More>>

Medicare tightens oversight of opioid prescriptions

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Medicare tightens oversight of opioids prescribed to millions of elderly and disabled beneficiaries. More>>

Philippines: 3 deaths may be linked to dengue vaccinations

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Philippine health officials say the deaths of three children inoculated with a Sanofi Pasteur dengue vaccine may have "causal association" to the inoculation and two of the children may have died because the vaccine failed. More>>

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