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Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

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Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or something else can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to catch the disease early _ using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood. More>>

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Colorful portraits show faces of New Hampshire drug crisis

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What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to both comfort others and reduce the stigma of addiction in New Hampshire. More>>

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

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The White House says President Donald Trump will make August payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. More>>

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

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Nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit opioids prescribed to first-time users; American Medical Association criticizes move. More>>

Father charged in baby boy's fatal overdose of opioid combo

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An Ohio man has been charged in the fatal drug overdose of his 1-year-old son. More>>

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

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A new report finds drug overdose deaths among US teens have inched up after years of decline. More>>

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

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Congressional Budget Office: Higher premiums, fewer insurance options if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies. More>>

Cambodian medic who spread HIV asks for court's mercy

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Unlicensed Cambodian medical practitioner, sentenced to 25 years in prison for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV, says he only sought to provide care. More>>

Researchers to study chemical contamination of US waters

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Professors at the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University are studying chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. More>>

New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle

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A 1960s Great Society program, Medicaid gets new life after Republican health care bill collapses. More>>

South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis

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South Carolina is the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing. More>>

Police try out new database for documenting opioid overdoses

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Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. More>>

Austria orders recall of unapproved cancer drug

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Austrian authorities have ordered a recall of a cancer medication that was put on the market without proper approval. More>>

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

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Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged there was a lack of oxygen supply in the children's ward. More>>

Montana's Health Co-op remains standing as others falter

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Montana's health care co-op resumes accepting new enrollees on Sunday after it voluntarily pulled itself from the state's insurance marketplace in December. More>>

Philippines to cull 200,000 fowl after bird flu outbreak

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The Philippines will cull at least 400,000 birds after confirming its first bird flu outbreak, but no animal-to-human transmission has been reported. More>>

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

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The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature is poised to restrict insurance coverage for abortions over the objections of opponents who are decrying that no exception would be made in cases of rape or incest. More>>

Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile

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Nepal has strengthened laws against demanding dowry payments and exiling menstruating women in an effort to improve women's safety and equality. More>>

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

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Study: Trump administration actions are triggering double-digit premium increases for next year on individual health insurance policies. More>>

EU: 17 nations get tainted eggs, products in growing scandal

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EU officials say 15 countries including Hong Kong have reported receiving contaminated eggs or egg products in a growing food scandal. More>>

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

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The Vatican says Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals. More>>

Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

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President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency.". More>>

Study boosts hope of 'liquid biopsies' for cancer screening

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Scientists have the first major evidence that blood tests called liquid biopsies hold promise for screening people for cancer. More>>

The Latest: Report: Egg scandal suspect denies involvement

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The EU says it wants to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month to discuss the egg contamination scandal. More>>

First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii

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Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug. More>>

The Latest: Romania seizes eggs imported from Germany

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British food safety authorities say far more eggs tainted with the pesticide Fipronil have been imported to the United Kingdom than previously thought, but say the number is a tiny fraction of the number of eggs consumed each year in the country. More>>

Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs

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Dutch and Belgian authorities are carrying out raids as part of a criminal investigation into the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms. More>>

109 US salmonella cases now linked to papayas from Mexico

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U.S. health officials say more people have contracted salmonella by eating papayas from a farm in southern Mexico. More>>

New Hampshire is latest state to sue OxyContin manufacturer

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office is suing the drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, alleging it has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic. More>>

High-tech ideas to fix opioid crisis compete for Ohio grants

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A call by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) for scientific breakthroughs to help solve the opioid crisis is drawing interest from dozens of groups with ideas including remote controlled medication dispensers and monitor devices for addicts. More>>

Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users

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A medical journal report reveals that a safe haven for drug users has been operating in the United States for three years. More>>

Sports study: High school athletes not being fully protected

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Many states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines for high school athletes. More>>

Trump pledges US will beat opioid drug epidemic Video included

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President Donald Trump is attending a briefing on the country's opioid drug epidemic during his break from Washington. More>>

How to know if your child is transgender: What experts say

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Tips for parents wondering if their child is transgender, from two of America's leading experts. More>>

Sinead O'Connor pleads for help, says she's living in motel

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Sinead O'Connor has emotionally pleaded for help and opened up about her struggles with mental illness in a rambling Facebook video. More>>

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile Video included

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GOP health care rewrite not likely to threaten employer-sponsored insurance. More>>

France to analyze eggs after EU urges checks in 4 countries

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Experts are analyzing contaminated egg products imported from the Netherlands to two establishments in France, one of four countries notified on Monday by the European Union that some eggs contaminated with insecticide may have entered their countries. More>>

First embryo gene-repair holds promise for inherited disease

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In a first, scientists safely repair a disease-causing gene in human embryos, a step toward one day preventing inherited diseases. More>>

Doctor told to stop marketing 3-person baby technique

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US regulators warn New York fertility clinic to stop marketing an experimental procedure. More>>

Science Says: Gene editing widely used in range of research Video included

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Gene editing, a widely used new tool for research, is getting fresh attention thanks to a successful lab experiment with human embryos. More>>

British hospital worker defends staff in Charlie Gard case

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A member of the medical team at the London children's hospital that treated Charlie Gard has offered a ringing defense of the staff's actions in the final days of its treatment of the infant suffering from a fatal genetic disease. More>>

German automakers to give 5 million diesel cars new software

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German auto bosses, ministers and state governors are considering how to reduce diesel emissions as drivers face the threat of possible bans on driving older diesel cars in some cities. More>>

Transgender day camp among first to include 4-year-olds

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A California transgender day camp for kids ages 4 to 12 sees surge that gender experts say reflects sharp increases at clinics. More>>

APNewsBreak: Feds back in 'Gasland' town to test water, air

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The federal government has returned to a Pennsylvania village that became a flashpoint in the national debate over fracking to investigating ongoing complaints about the quality of the drinking water. More>>

FDA OKs new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

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U.S. regulators have approved a new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C. More>>

Chile Congress OKs bill to legalize abortion in some cases

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Chile's Congress has approved a bill that would legalize abortion in limited circumstances _ ending the country's status as the last in South America to ban all abortions. More>>

EU says contaminated egg scare now under control

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The European Union says a pesticide-contaminated egg scare in some EU countries is under control. More>>

Senate passes legislation to ensure no halt in FDA reviews

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The Senate has passed legislation increasing the user fees that drug and medical device-makers pay. More>>

Trump promotes technology to improve veterans' health care

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking new steps to use technology to improve access to health care for veterans across the country, including in rural areas. More>>

Leftover opioids are a common dilemma for surgery patients

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A study suggests many surgery patients don't use all their pain pills and improperly store them improperly at home. More>>

Sessions: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to discuss the impact of the country's opioid epidemic during a speech in hard-hit Ohio, where about eight people a day are dying of accidental overdoses. More>>

Nebraska patrol accused of requiring vaginal exams for women

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A new federal lawsuit has accused the Nebraska State Patrol of forcing female recruits to submit to invasive, medically unnecessary pelvic exams before they can be hired. More>>

Euthanasia used for 4.5 percent of deaths in the Netherlands

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Report shows euthanasia has become "common practice" in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5 percent of deaths. More>>

Bipartisan drive to pay health insurers faces Senate hurdles

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A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of insurance markets faces a dicey future. More>>

The Latest: Medicaid concern influenced McCain's health vote

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Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona says he cast the crucial vote that sunk his party's health bill last week because his state was _ in his words _ "about to get screwed.". More>>

McCain says he expects to return to Senate next month

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Arizona Sen. John McCain says he hates the healthy diet his wife and daughter are forcing on him as he fights an aggressive form of brain cancer but expects to return to the Senate next month. More>>

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