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Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

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Newly released emails show senior political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency working closely with a think-tank that dismisses warnings of climate change. More>>

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Some Irish Catholics worried, dismayed after abortion vote

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Attention is turning to Ireland's parliament now that the country's citizens have voted in landslide numbers to remove the abortion ban from its constitution. More>>

The Latest: Macron: Ireland makes history with abortion vote

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Britain's prime minister welcomed the outcome of the Ireland abortion referendum, in which voters overwhelmingly chose to abolish a ban on terminations. More>>

1 new Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

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Congo's health ministry says there has been another death of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities to 12. More>>

With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

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Preliminary data shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy. More>>

Scientists find opioids in Puget Sound mussels

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Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels. More>>

Officials: Deadly Nipah virus has not spread in south India

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Indian officials say an outbreak of a deadly virus has not spread to any new areas but issued a series of warnings to people in stricken towns. More>>

US raises concerns about illnesses tied to synthetic pot

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Federal health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah. More>>

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

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In a large study of company wellness programs, free electronic cigarettes did not help smokers quit more than usual methods such as nicotine patches did. More>>

Gut check: Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

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Scientists develop a swallowed capsule that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. More>>

Idaho town told not to drink water amid contamination scare

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Officials say residents of an Idaho town have been told not to drink its well water amid concerns that a fired municipal worker found dead in his home may have contaminated it. More>>

Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

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A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder. More>>

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

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The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies. More>>

Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

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A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments has sailed through Congress. More>>

St. Jude: $100M for children with cancer global outreach

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee says it hopes to improve access to care for children with cancer around the world by investing $100 million in an expansion of its global outreach program. More>>

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

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New US health chief pledges more action if Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads. More>>

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

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Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain. More>>

Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

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The Senate is expected to give final approval to legislation giving veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system. More>>

US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

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US clings to health coverage gains despite Trump's attempts to repeal 'Obamacare'. More>>

2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead in Congo

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The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa says the agency is stepping up efforts with nine countries neighboring Congo to help prevent possible spread of a new Ebola outbreak beyond its borders. More>>

No stay of ruling that tossed California assisted-death law

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An appeals court has refused to block a court decision that says a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally. More>>

California moves to defend law allowing life-ending drugs

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California's attorney general is asking an appeals court to quickly block a judge's decision to toss a 2016 law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives. More>>

Pruitt promises action on rising threat from contaminants

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says dealing with a widespread contamination in drinking water is a "national priority.". More>>

Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak

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Officials say a deadly virus has killed at least three people in south India, and medical teams have been dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died and others are badly ill. More>>

Dispute on eye drop size fails to catch Supreme Court's eye

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A dispute about the size of eye drops has failed to catch the eye of the U.S. Supreme Court. More>>

Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

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Debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. More>>

The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

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The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful water contaminants. More>>

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

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The Environmental Protection Agency has blocked The Associated Press and CNN from attending a national summit on harmful water contaminants. More>>

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

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Congo announces 6 new confirmed Ebola cases as vaccination effort enters 2nd day. More>>

NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

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The National Rifle Association's incoming president is linking school shootings to using medications such as Ritalin. More>>

Death of CDC worker who drowned ruled a suicide

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Authorities: Death of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee whose body was found in an river in Atlanta has been ruled a suicide. More>>

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard Video included

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White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass are billowing into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano pours down a hillside and into the ocean. More>>

USC sued over clinic gynecologist accused of misconduct

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Four former University of Southern California students have sued the school and an ex-campus gynecologist who they accuse of sexual battery and sexual harassment. More>>

Stars Bardot, Marceau lead fight to amend French food bill

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Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading campaigns for mandatory cameras in French slaughterhouses and a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens as France's parliament prepares to debate a food industry bill Tuesday. More>>

The Latest: WHO: Ebola in Congo not global health emergency

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The Latest: WHO says Ebola outbreak in Congo not yet a global health emergency. More>>

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

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Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the town in the country's northwest where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign. More>>

Trump catches Wilkie off-guard with VA secretary nomination

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President Donald Trump says he'll nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department. More>>

San Francisco to distribute addiction drug directly to users

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San Francisco's mayor plans to send medical teams to city streets to distribute a drug that curbs heroin cravings in opioid addicts. More>>

Trump thrusts abortion fight into crucial midterm elections Video included

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The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. More>>

US approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

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US regulators approve 1st drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. More>>

Prosecutors in Poland probe sewage dump into Baltic bay

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Prosecutors on Poland's Baltic coast have opened a probe into potential damage to the environment of the Bay of Gdansk after the sewage system in this coast city malfunctioned and the refuse was dumped into the bay. More>>

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

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U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call "gaming tactics" to block cheaper copycat versions. More>>

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

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Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest. More>>

Health officials: Stay out of the pool if you have diarrhea

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Health officials say hotel pools and hot tubs are a major source of the illnesses people get from swimming. More>>

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy Video included

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Last year saw the lowest number of U.S. births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but also women in their 30s. More>>

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

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Congo says 3 new confirmed Ebola cases in city of 1 million; vaccinations to start soon. More>>

After fumbling Ebola in 2014, Congo is key test for UN

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14 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo as World Health organization holds emergency meeting. More>>

Trump nominates acting VA secretary Wilkie for permanent job

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President Donald Trump has announced he's nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department agency. More>>

Correction: Hepatitis A-San Diego story

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A San Diego County grand jury report faults local response to a recent hepatitis A epidemic and recommends improving lines of communication to prepare for future health emergencies. More>>

Baby switch at Montenegro hospital under investigation

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A hospital in Montenegro has launched an investigation after a family went home from the maternity ward with the wrong baby. More>>

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

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The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers. More>>

Gov't approves $10B deal to overhaul VA medical records

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The government has signed a $10 billion deal to overhaul the electronic health records of millions of veterans. More>>

Correction: Congo-Ebola story

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Congo's health minister says Ebola has spread to the capital of the country's Equateur province, a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the northwest. More>>

Doctor accused of keeping human fat in closet back at work

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A North Carolina doctor accused of reusing syringes and keeping human fat in plastic bags is back in business after her lawyer persuaded a judge that the suspension of her medical license violated her due process rights. More>>

IndyCar adds eye-tracking system to concussion test protocol

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IndyCar has added an eye-tracking computer test to its concussion protocol that can better determine if a driver can be cleared to race following a hard crash. More>>

Surgeon general: Most in US think opioid abuse is not local

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The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, says opioid abuse is a problem nationwide, but only a small percentage of Americans think it's an emergency in their own communities. More>>

Vermont drug importation program will need federal approval

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Vermont's first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada will need federal approval from skeptical Trump officials. More>>

House OKs expansion of private care at VA, budget crisis fix

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The House is set to give veterans more leeway to see doctors outside the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system. More>>

Baby delivered from brain-damaged mother is OK, goes home

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Doctors in Poland say that a girl delivered prematurely by cesarean section from a brain-damaged mother and then treated in hospital for months, has been discharged home in good condition. More>>

AP Explains: Ebola reaches an urban area in Congo. What now?

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AP Explains: Ebola reaches an urban area in Congo, a city of more than 1 million. What now?. More>>

EU takes 6 member states to court over air quality

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The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. More>>

A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

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Less than 2 percent of those eligible for lung cancer screening have sought it. More>>

Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients

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New research suggests that many women with a common and aggressive form of breast cancer that is treated with Herceptin can get by with six months of the drug instead of the usual 12. More>>

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

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FDA approves 1st nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms. More>>

Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort

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One of the largest Native American tribes is the first community in the US to implement a hepatitis C elimination program to treat its citizens; federal officials say the initiative could serve as a national model. More>>

Vermont positioned for cheaper Canadian prescription drugs

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Vermont has become the first state to create a program to import more affordable prescription drugs from Canada, but it's not clear whether it will happen because it needs federal approval and the White House has not endorsed it. More>>

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

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Six U.S. states are accusing the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths. More>>

Judge to decide Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana

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A Florida circuit court judge will soon decide if patients approved to use medical marijuana will be allowed to smoke it. More>>

State to defend California law allowing life-ending drugs

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Advocates say the terminally ill may suffer unnecessarily after a judge threw out a California law that allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs. More>>

More US adults try vaping but current use is down, data show

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New research shows 1 in 7 US adults has tried e-cigarettes but current use is down. More>>

Trump pays return visit to recovering first lady at hospital Video included

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White House officials say first lady Melania Trump is expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week following a "long-planned" procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Young adults feel stress of long-term care

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Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones. More>>

Congo's health ministry says doses of Ebola vaccine arrive

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Congo's health ministry says 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine arrive amid latest outbreak. More>>

Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California

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A California report finds the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the state reached a record high in 2017. More>>

French women criticize proposed sexual violence bill

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France's lower house of parliament on Monday starts debating a bill to fight sexual and gender-based violence, in the wake of the #MeToo movement. More>>

Trump's prescription to reduce drug prices takes small steps

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Trump says long-awaited plan for reducing drug prices is most sweeping in history, but it takes small steps. More>>

The Latest: Trump visits first lady at Walter Reed hospital

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President Donald Trump tweets his wife, Melania, will remain hospitalized for two to three days, recuperating for undisclosed, noncancerous kidney condition. More>>

Judge tosses California law allowing life-ending drugs

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California judge says Legislature unconstitutionally enacted 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives. More>>

Alfie Evans, toddler at center of legal storm, laid to rest

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Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Liverpool to say goodbye to toddler Alfie Evans, whose parents' legal battle to maintain life support sparked a debate about medical ethics. More>>

Ireland's leader apologizes for cervical cancer scandal

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Ireland's prime minister has apologized and pledged an investigation into the controversy over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests. More>>

Patients, health care workers call for affordable insulin

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Activists are rallying in Massachusetts, demanding more affordable insulin. More>>

Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

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Survey finds that nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients. More>>

San Francisco's many free syringes are littering its streets

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The city of San Francisco hands out millions of syringes a year to drug users but has little control over how they are later discarded and that's contributing to dirty streets and thousands of complaints. More>>

Italian researchers develop lighter, cheaper robotic hand

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Italian researchers have unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects with more precision and featuring a design that will lower significantly the cost of such an electric prosthetic. More>>

Study finds little bang for the buck in Zika blood testing

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Screening millions of blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections, new study says. More>>

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide Video included

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The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out transfats from the global food supply. More>>

California, Florida stem cell clinics target of US lawsuit

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Prosecutors in California and Florida have sued to stop two companies from providing stem cell treatments, alleging the clinics marketed their procedures as remedies for ailments including cancer and heart disease without proof of safety and efficacy. More>>

Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

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A right-to-die group says 104-year-old Australian biologist David Goodall has ended his life in Switzerland. More>>

Ebola vaccines to be shipped to Congo, WHO chief says

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WHO chief: Ebola vaccines to be shipped to Congo 'as quickly as possible' as suspected cases rise. More>>

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