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US could back 1st pot-derived medicine, and some are worried

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

US screens more staff in China over mystery health issues

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A U.S. medical team is screening more Americans in southern China as the State Department confirmed evacuating government workers who experienced unexplained health issues like those that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba. More>>

Transgender librarian files suit over Alaska health policy

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A transgender woman is suing the state of Alaska, saying she has been denied coverage for medically necessary surgical treatment. More>>

Revised Medicaid work requirement bill moves in Michigan

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A revised Medicaid work requirement bill is advancing in Michigan's Legislature. More>>

Licking cancer: US postal stamp helped fund key breast study

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Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp. More>>

Study finds rare gain for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer

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A new study found that patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn't spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a standard chemotherapy drug. More>>

Detroit-area couple in court over control of frozen embryos

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A Detroit-area woman seeking custody of as many as 10 frozen embryos is asking a judge to appoint a guardian over them while she clashes with her former partner over control. More>>

APNewsBreak: Long waits under VA's private health program

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APNewsBreak: Program being expanded by the Trump administration to give veterans greater access to private doctors faulted for failing to provide care within 30 days as promised, faulty data and poor record-keeping cited. More>>

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

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The largest study ever done of breast cancer treatment finds that most women with the most common form of the disease can skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the cancer. More>>

UK says it won't impose abortion reform on Northern Ireland

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A British government minister says she wants reform of Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws, but won't impose change from London. More>>

Feds: Skimping can't save seniors from rising med cost

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APNewsBreak: Government report finds seniors scrimp on brand-name drugs but have to spend more anyway. More>>

5 dead, nearly 200 sickened in romaine lettuce outbreak

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Health officials say four more deaths have been linked to a national romaine lettuce food poisoning outbreak, bringing the total to five. More>>

Danes seek to limit male circumcision to those 18 and over

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A Danish group says a citizens' initiative seeking to set a minimum age of 18 for non-medical male circumcision in Denmark has gathered the required 50,000 signatures to send the proposal to Parliament for debate this year. More>>

US blocks UN health panel from backing taxes on sugar drinks

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UN health agency backs away from its call to tax sugary drinks, to criticism from experts. More>>

Blacks fare surprisingly well in prostate cancer research

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Black men with advanced prostate cancer fare surprisingly well in research that challenges current thinking about racial disparities in the disease. More>>

Another doctor sentenced in medical lab bribery scheme

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Another doctor convicted of involvement in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme with a now-defunct New Jersey firm is headed to prison. More>>

Oregon looks into price gouging as city faces tainted water

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The Oregon National Guard will hand out free water at 10 locations to residents who can't drink tap water due to toxins from an algae bloom in a reservoir. More>>

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