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Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

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The maker of a permanent birth control implant said Friday it will stop selling the device in the U.S. at the end of the year. More>>

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10-year-old Somali girl dies after female genital mutilation

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10-year-old Somali girl bleeds to death after female genital mutilation, activist says. More>>

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

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A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. More>>

Simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent malaria relapse OK'd

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U.S. regulators approve a simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent relapses of malaria. More>>

Nevada's path forward unclear after twice-delayed execution

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Courts twice have blocked Nevada from carrying out its first execution in 12 years using a never-tried combination of drugs that it created after struggling to get lethal injection supplies. More>>

Singapore: Hack of 1.5M patients' records targeted PM Lee

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A cyberattack on Singapore's public health system breached records on 1.5 million people and targeted the prime minister, a two-time cancer survivor. More>>

Sexual harassment panel being set up at embattled UNAIDS

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An independent panel of experts on sexual harassment is being set up at UNAIDS, the Geneva-based agency overseeing the fight against HIV/AIDS, after calls for the organization's head to resign over his handling of harassment allegations. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

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AP-NORC Poll: Curiosity about ancestry is the main reason Americans seek DNA testing but many also want to know if they're at risk for disease. More>>

Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

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A new study says visitors may be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting their visits short because of air pollution. More>>

UK faces calls to liberalize Northern Ireland abortion laws

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The British government is facing rising calls to liberalize abortion laws in Northern Ireland. More>>

Reversal: Kentucky restoring Medicaid benefits for thousands

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration says it is reinstating dental and vision care for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients who had their benefits cut recently. More>>

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

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Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks, rejecting a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry. More>>

Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the state's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules it adopted last week for medical marijuana. More>>

Japan OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial

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Japan has approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. More>>

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

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FDA wants to make it easier for some prescription drugs to be sold over the counter. More>>

States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

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California and 17 other states that sued the Trump administration over its decision to cut off Affordable Care Act subsidies say a workaround has largely succeeded. More>>

Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

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The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. With five past defenders of the ACA still on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of the law being allowed to stand. More>>

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

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Environmentalists and community activists are trying to persuade a judge that the public might not be safe on a Colorado wildlife refuge that used to be a buffer zone around a nuclear weapons plant. More>>

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho over new abortion reporting requirements. More>>

GAO: Less than half of school districts test water for lead

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Less than half of school districts test for lead in the drinking water, according to a federal report released Tuesday. More>>

New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

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A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus. More>>

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's a personal reason for his focus on the opioid epidemic: His son almost died from taking fentanyl-laced cocaine. More>>

FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

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US regulators approve 1st treatment for smallpox in case the long-gone disease is used in terror attack. More>>

New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom Video included

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New remedies for sleep apnea are vying for a place in the bedrooms of millions of people craving a good night's rest. More>>

Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation

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Massachusetts' highest court has upheld the authority of judges to order people with addiction to stay drug free as a condition of probation. More>>

WeWork takes meat off the menu at company events

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Office space sharing company WeWork says it will no longer serve red or white meat at company events and also won't allow employees to charge meat to the company. More>>

FDA warns of fake gov't warning letters sent to consumers

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FDA warns of fake letters sent to consumers who tried to buy drugs online or by phone; may be part of a scam to get money. More>>

Nurses at Vermont hospital back at work after 2-day strike

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Nurses seeking higher wages at Vermont's largest hospital are back on the job after a two-day strike. More>>

Oklahoma Medicaid approved for drug pricing experiment

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Oklahoma's Medicaid program is the nation's first to be approved to experiment with a new way of paying for prescription drugs that supporters say could save taxpayer dollars and provide patients with the most effective drugs. More>>

FDA to more aggressively tackle disruptive drug shortages

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US Food and Drug Administration forming task force to find ways to prevent medication shortages. More>>

Sparse details on Iowa plans that bypass Obama's health law

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An Iowa law approved this spring in the Republican-controlled Legislature would allow the conservative and politically powerful Iowa Farm Bureau to offer health plans that skirt requirements of the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Dems: Novartis deal with Cohen sought access to policymakers

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A report released by a group of Senate Democrats says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer was in frequent contact with top officials of the pharmaceutical giant Novartis as part of the lawyer's $1.2 million consulting deal with the company. More>>

Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program

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The agency overseeing Oregon's legal medical marijuana industry admits it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market. More>>

Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana

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Officials in conservative states such as Oklahoma are balking at voter-approved efforts to legalize medical marijuana. More>>

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

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President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has raised the possibility that a conservative majority could weaken or overturn the nationwide right to abortion. More>>

Medicare proposes to pay docs for analyzing texted photos

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Medicare says it wants to pay doctors for analyzing texted images and for video chats with patients. More>>

Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

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New research suggests that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain. More>>

Trump says drug maker Pfizer 'rolling back price hikes'

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Trump says pharmaceutical company Pfizer is "rolling back price hikes, so American patients don't pay more.". More>>

Illinois, Iowa officials look into rise in parasitic illness

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Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness. More>>

Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward

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A U.S. judge in San Francisco says evidence seems weak that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer, but experts can still make that claim at trial. More>>

Drug company's lawsuit could derail Nevada execution

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The convicted Nevada inmate slated to die by a three-drug lethal injection combination never before used in the U.S. has said repeatedly he wants his sentence carried out and he doesn't care about pain and suffering. More>>

Nevada execution delayed indefinitely after ruling on drug

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A Nevada judge has effectively blocked the execution of a two-time killer after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. More>>

News organizations push for opioid data to be made public

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Two news organizations are making their case that federal data showing the distribution of prescription opioids should be made public. More>>

Settlement in Colgate-Palmolive baby powder lawsuit

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A settlement has been reached between Colgate-Palmolive and a Southern California man who claimed in a lawsuit that he developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder. More>>

Oklahoma fast-tracking medical marijuana, but with pushback

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Oklahoma pushes ahead on medical marijuana after voters in the traditionally conservative state approved one of least restrictive laws in the U.S. More>>

Trump administration slashes 'Obamacare' sign-up assistance

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Trump administration announces steep cuts to 'Obamcare' sign-up helpers called 'navigators'. More>>

UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning

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Police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwestern England in search of a container thought to contain traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok. More>>

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

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A drug company has sued Nevada over plans to use its product in a lethal injection combination never before used in the U.S. More>>

Mother of girl declared dead twice slams doctors at funeral

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Dozens of family members, friends and other mourners have filed into a Northern California church for the funeral of a teenage girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death. More>>

Trump administration takes another swipe at 'Obamacare'

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Trump administration says it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses. More>>

GOP governor cuts health care to take anti-abortion stand

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is removing $16 million from the state budget that he says goes to Planned Parenthood. More>>

German pharmacist gets 12 years for diluting cancer drugs

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A court in western Germany has sentenced a pharmacist to 12 years in prison for diluting cancer drugs on a massive scale in order to finance his luxury lifestyle. More>>

Trump says US had opposed formula limits, not breastfeeding

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President Donald Trump says the U.S. opposed a resolution to encourage breastfeeding because it called for limits on the promotion of products like infant formula. More>>

Indiana sees increase in abortions for first time since 2009

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A state report shows that the number of abortions performed in Indiana increased last year for the first time since 2009. More>>

Health network denies liability in fertility clinic lawsuits

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A health care network responding to lawsuits says it wasn't liable for a storage tank malfunction that destroyed more than 4,000 eggs and embryos at its fertility clinic near Cleveland. More>>

Buddhist meditation may calm team trapped in Thai cave

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The soccer coach stranded with 12 boys in a flooded Thai cave spent a decade as a Buddhist monk, honing a meditation skill that may serve him well during their ordeal. More>>

Judge's ruling slows plans for Medicaid work requirement

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Federal judge slows Trump drive to wean poor from government benefits by making them work. More>>

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

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New research offers fresh grounds for drinking coffee, showing that it may boost chances for a longer life. More>>

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