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VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

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A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet _ test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. More>>

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

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Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls. More>>

Opioid crisis cost $504B in 2015, higher than once thought

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The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, slightly over half a trillion dollars. More>>

Startup wants to bring back Vioxx for hemophilia joint pain

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A tiny pharmaceutical company is trying to bring back the arthritis pill Vioxx but for patients with a bleeding disorder. More>>

Ohio killer who survived execution files new court appeal

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A condemned killer whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution has appealed a judge's decision upholding the state's lethal injection system. More>>

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

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Cigarette smoking, over-eating and other unhealthy behaviors can be blamed for nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths each year, according to a new study. More>>

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay Video included

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U.S. tobacco companies will begin running court-ordered ads on the dangers of smoking. More>>

Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

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Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. More>>

Australian state reaches brink of legalizing mercy killings

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An Australian state parliament is nearing passage of a voluntary euthanasia bill 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. More>>

Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

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A new study says severe thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger and more frequent in a warmer world. More>>

Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77

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Fotis Kafatos, a molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe, dies at age 77. More>>

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

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Negotiators worked through the night on the technical details of the Paris climate accord before two weeks of global talks on climate change finally ended in Bonn. More>>

The Latest: Startup could bring back Vioxx for hemophilia

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A tiny pharmaceutical company is trying to bring back the arthritis pill Vioxx but for patients with a bleeding disorder. More>>

Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

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An Atlanta television station says video secretly recorded in a nursing home in 2014 shows nurses laughing while they try to start an oxygen machine and an 89-year-old World War II veteran dies. More>>

European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

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Brexit is still well over year away but two cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union. More>>

Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare

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The government says higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year. More>>

2 charged after man died from septic shock due to bed sores

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A Vermont man and his companion face manslaughter charges after authorities say his severely disabled son died of septic shock from infected bed sores in which his skin was "rotting away.". More>>

Abuse victims say new attention should spur New York reforms

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New Yorkers who were molested as children are counting on the national attention on sexual crimes to persuade state leaders to allow victims to sue over decades-old abuse. More>>

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

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The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, slightly over half a trillion dollars. More>>

Student therapy dog can stay in sorority house amid dispute

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A university student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in an Ohio sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies. More>>

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

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As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's. More>>

US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

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U.S. health authorities say they will crack down on doctors pushing stem cell therapies that pose the gravest risks to patients. More>>

AP Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

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Scientists for the first time have tried gene editing inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. More>>

FDA OKs new therapy for some hemophilia patients

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U.S. regulators have approved the first new treatment in nearly two decades to prevent internal bleeding in certain patients with hemophilia, an inherited blood-clotting disorder. More>>

Medicare 'Part B' premiums to rise next year for many

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Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage. More>>

California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases

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Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports. More>>

Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

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Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others. More>>

Congress moves bill to speed medical reviews for military

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US military would gain new options for speeding reviews of medical products under a legislative compromise passed by Congress. More>>

Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care

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Watchdog agency confirms whistleblower claim that Colorado facility kept improper wait lists for veterans' mental health care. More>>

Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss

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Government investigation finds problems with veterans clinic where Gulf War vet set self on fire, died. More>>

Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

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Pope Francis says health care legislation must promote "common good" as he decries that in some places only the privileged can afford top treatments. More>>

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide; is there link? Video included

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A new analysis says a surge in suicide rates and depression among U.S. teens may be linked with rising social media use. More>>

Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear Video included

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Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with GOP leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. But the tax overhaul hit a roadblock Wednesday as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first GOP senator to say he opposes it. More>>

Drug firm founder pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

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The founder of a pharmaceutical company charged with leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication for people who didn't need it is due in court in Massachusetts. More>>

FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids

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The Food and Drug Administration cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients recovering from addiction to heroin and other opioids. More>>

Opioid addiction treatments face off in US trial

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Study shows monthly shot works as well as daily drug to treat opioid addiction and prevent relapse. More>>

FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

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Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. More>>

Gov't says uninsured rate holding steady

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Gov't survey says 9 percent of Americans _ nearly 29 million people _ lacked health insurance in the first six months of this year. More>>

'Obamacare' sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year's pace

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Nearly 1.5M sign up for 'Obamacare' in first two weeks of open enrollment. More>>

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate's vein

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Ohio is set to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death. More>>

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems Video included

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The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for tax cuts. More>>

Couples sue fertility clinic over eggs with genetic defect

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2 couples that gave birth to children with a genetic defect later traced back to donated eggs are suing a New York fertility doctor and his clinic. More>>

New chief of Global Fund says accountability is 'imperative'

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The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how billions of dollars are dispersed to fight the three killer diseases. More>>

Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

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A coalition of national and Midwestern agricultural groups is suing to overturn a California declaration that the popular weed-killer Roundup can cause cancer. More>>

US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure patients with mental disorders take medicine prescribed for them. More>>

Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay 'conversion'

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A human rights group says China's government should stop medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication. More>>

The Latest: Ohio sets new execution day after failed try

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Ohio's prisons director called off the execution of a sick inmate after several unsuccessful attempts to insert an IV. More>>

Trump administration seeks to delay findings on pesticides

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President Donald Trump's administration is seeking a two-year delay of an upcoming deadline to determine whether a family of widely used pesticides is harmful to endangered species. More>>

2 airlines drop hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

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In Los Angeles, Delta and Virgin Australia have stopped taking hot meals from a kitchen where listeria was discovered. More>>

Transgender service member gets gender reassignment surgery

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The Pentagon says an active-duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military. More>>

Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

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Bill Gates says he's giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease. More>>

When child sex isn't rape: French to set age of consent

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Is a 13-year-old girl old enough to consent to sex with an adult. More>>

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

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New medical guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure; now nearly half of US adults have it. More>>

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

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President Donald Trump picks former top drug company and government executive to be his next health secretary. More>>

Is your own MD best in the hospital? Study eyes hospitalists

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Study suggest old-fashioned family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospital patients. More>>

Italy pushes Milan bid to host European Medicines Agency

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Italy's president hopes that Milan wins the right to host the hotly sought-after European Medicines Agency, which has to be relocated from London due to Britain's divorce from the European Union. More>>

Court won't stop execution of sick inmate who needs pillow

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Ohio is starting final preparations for executing a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week. More>>

Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders

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A new study suggests that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and are more likely to die. More>>

US cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal

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A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities say they are committed to curbing global warming even as the Trump administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord. More>>

Judge weighs sorority sisters' dispute over dog

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A federal judge is deciding whether a dog trained to help an Ohio State University student during panic attacks can stay at her sorority house despite another student's allergy. More>>

Anger rises as toxic air chokes India's capital

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Thick smog has constricted India's capital this week, smudging landmarks from view and angering residents. More>>

The Latest: Merkel calls for all to fight climate change

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Pope Francis is blasting "shortsighted human activity" for global warming and rising sea levels and is urging leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions. More>>

Schwarzenegger calls on climate activists to change methods

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Movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants environmental activists to give more attention to immediate health hazards like air and water pollution. More>>

Frustration sets in after coal mine health study suspended

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Some people living near mountaintop coal mines in West Virginia are frustrated the Trump administration has suspended the latest federal study on the health impact of surface mining in Appalachia. More>>

Disneyland shuts cooling towers after Legionnaires' cases

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Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionnaires' disease. More>>

Missouri lacks drug-monitoring plan despite governor's order

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Missouri still doesn't have a prescription drug-monitoring program nearly four months after Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish it. More>>

DEA cracking down on fake fentanyl traffickers

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is making it easier for prosecutors to go after people who create and peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl. More>>

Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

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A push by the insurer Anthem to limit ER visits to true emergencies worries doctors and patients who question whether they will make the right call or worry about a possible unpaid bill. More>>

Despite Trump's scorn, early 'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k

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HealthCare.gov sign-ups top 600k in first week; nearly 8 in 10 are returning customers. More>>

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

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Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its duty free shop and supermarket. More>>

Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

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German prosecutors say they believe a nurse who is serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients. More>>

UN labor agency shelves decision to end Big Tobacco ties

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The leadership of U.N.'s labor agency says it has decided to stop taking funding from the tobacco industry and will not extend its public-private partnerships with a business faulted for harmful health effects. More>>

Doctor: Hernandez's brain was severely damaged by disease

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A researcher says former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. More>>

Boy with rare disease gets brand new skin with gene therapy

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Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a rare skin disease use gene therapy to create an entirely new skin. More>>

EU fails again to agree on future weed killer use

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EU nations have failed again to agree on the continued use of the popular weed killer glyphosate amid concerns about its possible links to cancer. More>>

Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

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Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. More>>

Drugstore pain pills as effective as opioids in ER patients

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Over-the-counter pain relievers worked as well as opioids for ER patients with broken bones, sprains. More>>

In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

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Dems see political edge from health care, especially widened Medicaid access for low-income people. More>>

Correction: FDA-Transplant Drug story

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U.S. regulators approve new drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. More>>

Trump administration moves ahead with Obama menu-label law

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The Trump administration is moving ahead with a law from the Obama years that will require calorie counts to appear on menus at restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and pizza delivery chains nationwide. More>>

Repeal of medical deduction prompts tax bill pushback

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Groups representing older people and patients push back on repeal of medical deduction. More>>

California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools

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California regulators have announced a new rule that bans farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers. More>>

New Delhi residents offered masks as city chokes on smog

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Volunteers have taken to the streets of India's capital and placed green pollution masks over the mouths of willing residents to make a statement about the city's choking smog. More>>

Severe pollution hits Indian capital, causing health worries

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Air pollution in India's capital has hit hazardous levels, prompting local officials to ask that schools shut down and a half marathon scheduled later in November be called off. More>>

Notre Dame employees keeping free birth control coverage

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The University of Notre Dame is reversing itself and now telling employees they will continue to receive no-cost birth control coverage. More>>

In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

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Dems see political edge from health care, especially widened Medicaid access for low-income people. More>>

Trump calls attackers 'deranged' but mental health link weak

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President Donald Trump calls attackers 'deranged' but mental health link weak. More>>

3 guilty in 'Future Pharma' scheme to sell fake drugs online

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A third person has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute misbranded drugs and anabolic steroids online as "Future Pharma". More>>

Fiji calls for urgency in talks to implement climate accord

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Diplomats and activists have gathered in Germany for two weeks of talks on implementing the Paris agreement to fight climate change. More>>

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