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New flu vaccine works a little better than traditional shot

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Government study shows newer flu vaccine was only slightly more effective in seniors than traditional shots. More>>

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Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case

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A New Hampshire hospital is closer to holding others financially accountable for a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C. More>>

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

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APNewsBreak: Schools where late doctor claimed ties are mum on any connections as Ohio State investigates sex abuse claim. More>>

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

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Video game "addiction" decision renews debate over whether behaviors can cause same kind of illness as drugs. More>>

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

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Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are turning to well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees. More>>

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

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A group of scientists says China' decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe, and wealthy countries need to find new solutions. More>>

Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

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With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in the nine U.S. states that have legalized adult use of the drug. More>>

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

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Could infections somehow set the stage for Alzheimer's? A provocative new study suggests some types of viruses just might play a role. More>>

Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

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Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. More>>

Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017

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California health officials say 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives last year in the first full year after a 2016 law made the option legal. More>>

Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers say

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Toxic algae blooms are happening more often and lasting longer, including in drinking water reservoirs, and officials and scientists link their spread to climate change. More>>

Summer camp illness sends 33 kids, 3 adults to hospital

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Authorities say 33 children and three adults were taken to a two hospitals after falling ill during a summer camp in Florida. More>>

Nevada pot regulators given more funds to deal with demand

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Nevada's marijuana regulators are trying to keep up with demands at recreational dispensaries, where sales continue to outpace projections. More>>

Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program's launch

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program. More>>

House approves bill expanding treatment for opioid abuse

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The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that kills more than 115 people in the United States daily. More>>

Another US worker confirmed hurt by mystery Cuba incidents

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Medical tests have confirmed that one additional U.S. Embassy worker has been affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba, bringing the total number to 25. More>>

Pain medicine group cancels doctor training about marijuana

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Medical group abruptly cancels plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulls funding. More>>

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

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A government report shows that a family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than previously realized. More>>

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

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An Idaho couple who says their teenage son was sprayed with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed on U.S. land near their home has sued the government. More>>

Player union blasts concussion management at World Cup

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Players' union FIFPro is blasting concussion management at the World Cup after Moroccan plays after admitting that he can't remember the previous match. More>>

Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

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Trump administration prepares to announce a new insurance option for small firms and self-employed people. More>>

Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

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Parents who have used cannabis to treat severe epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as the US government nears decision on drug made from marijuana plant. More>>

UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

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Former British Foreign Minister William Hague is calling for the government to take steps toward legalizing marijuana use. More>>

Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

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Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes. More>>

Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom

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New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom. More>>

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

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The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. More>>

GOP, Dem governors back benefits for pre-existing conditions

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A bipartisan group of governors is speaking out against a Trump administration decision that could narrow access to health insurance benefits for those with pre-existing conditions. More>>

Rendell, ex-Pennsylvania governor, says he has Parkinson's

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. More>>

NIH ends alcohol study, citing funding, credibility problems

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The National Institutes of Health is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, citing ethical problems. More>>

Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says a 3.4 percent a year boost to health care funding will be partly paid for by a "Brexit dividend" of money saved by leaving the European Union. More>>

UK PM vows big funding increase for National Health Service

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a significant funding increase for the country's beleaguered National Health Service. More>>

Epileptic boy's case sparks UK review of medical pot laws

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British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says Britain must quickly review its policies on medical marijuana use in light of the case of a 12-year-old boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous seizures. More>>

State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

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A state appeals court has reinstated the California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. More>>

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension

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A Houston hospital has resumed its renowned heart transplant program two weeks after suspending all medical procedures following the deaths of several patients this year. More>>

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

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California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. More>>

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

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Pope Francis has denounced abortion as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children God gives them. More>>

New Delhi orders construction halt as pollution levels soar

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New Delhi officials have ordered a two-day halt to construction in an attempt to reduce choking pollution that has cloaked the city in smog and dust. More>>

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud

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Federal prosecutors indict Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her second-in-command with criminal fraud charges. More>>

Germany wants EU-wide safety system for truck 'blind spots'

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Germany's transport minister wants trucks fitted with compulsory 'blind spot' safety systems to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being killed by careless drivers. More>>

Mother of sick boy seeks legalization of medical marijuana

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The mother of an epileptic boy at the center of a debate over medical marijuana in the UK is calling for an urgent meeting with ministers to discuss liberalizing British policy. More>>

Ex-hospice supervisor pleads guilty in $60M fraud scheme

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A former hospice nursing supervisor in North Texas has pleaded guilty to her role in a $60 million health care fraud scheme that prosecutors allege involved overdosing patients for profit. More>>

UK changes course, allows epileptic boy to use cannabis oil

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A British boy whose mother says he needs cannabis oil to prevent severe epileptic seizures is being treated in a London hospital while British officials review the case. More>>

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

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Survey shows fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs and drinking milk. More>>

FDA clears 1st generic film strip of addiction drug Suboxone

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U.S. regulators approve 1st generic version of an under-the-tongue treatment for opioid addiction. More>>

California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk

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California health officials are proposing a regulation change that would declare coffee doesn't present a significant cancer risk. More>>

Doctor pens book on her role in revealing Flint water crisis

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A new book about Flint's water crisis comes from the pediatrician first to reveal the extent of lead contamination on the struggling city's children. More>>

US renews call for Cuba to probe cause of health 'attacks'

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The United States is renewing calls for the Cuban government to determine the source of "attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba that have affected some two dozen people. More>>

Science Says: What happens when researchers make mistakes

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Corrections in a top medical journal and an investigation of research misconduct allegations at a major university give a glimpse into how scientists set the record straight when mistakes are made. More>>

UK lifts immigration cap for medical workers amid shortages

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Britain says it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staff shortfalls in the National Health Service. More>>

How do you count deaths from a hurricane?

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Puerto Rico's hurricane death count revives debate about how to count disaster-related deaths. More>>

Portugal approves use of marijuana-based medicines

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Portugal's parliament has given final legislative approval for the use of marijuana-based medicines, which are already permitted in other European countries. More>>

Ivana Trump promotes Italian weight-loss diet system

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Ivana Trump, the former wife of President Donald Trump who once appeared with him in a commercial for Pizza Hut, wants America to lose some weight. More>>

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

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The American Medical Association has adopted sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a problem it considers a public health crisis. More>>

House aims at campaign-season bills battling opioid abuse

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The House is diving into a two-week vote-a-thon on dozens of bills aimed at opioids abuse. More>>

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

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Puerto Rico requests more time, issues only a portion of data related to all deaths reported after Hurricane Maria amid outcry. More>>

Massachusetts sues opioid maker, executives over drug crisis

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Massachusetts is suing the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis and has become the first state to also target the company's executives. More>>

Celebrity suicides highlight troubling trend in midlife

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The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend _ rising suicides among middle-aged Americans. More>>

Flu season was one of the deadliest for US children

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Flu killed more children in the past year that during any regular flu season in recent history, officials say. More>>

Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest

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Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states. More>>

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

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President Donald Trump says he's inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana. More>>

Trump: First lady had 'big operation,' can't fly for a month

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President Donald Trump has added to the intrigue surrounding his wife, Melania's, recent absence from the public eye following kidney treatment. More>>

Sobering report teases out factors leading to suicides

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New U.S. report finds suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. More>>

US pulls 2 more from Cuba amid new potential health cases

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The United States is testing two more workers from its embassy in Cuba for possible brain injury amid concerns they may have been affected by mysterious health incidents harming U.S. diplomats in Cuba and China. More>>

Justice Department move on health law has risks for GOP

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GOP risks political fallout from Justice Department's move on health law protections for pre-existing conditions. More>>

Judge asked to again halt Arkansas abortion pills law

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A federal judge is considering a request to again block an Arkansas law that critics say effectively bans abortion pills. More>>

Correction: Congo-Ebola story

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Congo announces new confirmed Ebola case; deadly outbreak marks 1 month. More>>

Study says vaping by kids isn't up, but some are skeptical Video included

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A new government survey found vaping rates are steady or declining among school kids, but some are skeptical, saying Juul use may be under-counted. More>>

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

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The Trump administration says in a new court filing that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment

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In a novel case with national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing a county jail to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey. More>>

Superbug infections rising among injection drug users

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One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs. More>>

White House launches anti-opioid ad campaign aimed at youth

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The White House is launching its first public service campaign with a series of new advertisements aimed at warning young people about the dangers of opioids. More>>

Medicaid work requirement bill sent to Michigan governor

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Legislation that would require able-bodied adults in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program to meet work or job-related requirements is going to Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature. More>>

Water alert re-issued for Oregon capital area

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Salem, Oregon, officials have re-issued a limited no-drink advisory for the municipal water supply, citing increased toxin levels linked to an algae bloom. More>>

Trump signs bill to expand private care at troubled VA

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President Donald Trump will soon be signing a bill that would expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. More>>

US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue

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The U.S. Embassy in China has sent the second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuations of a number of U.S. government employees working at a consulate in a southern city. More>>

Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

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Trustees warn that Social Security and Medicare's financial problems can't be ignored forever. More>>

Justice Department says heart of health law unconstitutional

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The Trump administration says in a new court filing that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act. More>>

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