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Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

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A Yemeni mother has won her fight for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban that would allow her to go to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. More>>

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

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Higher percentage of California marijuana products clear safety tests but questions remain after sudden closing of lab the state found was falsifying test results for pesticides. More>>

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

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US surgeon general urges swift action to prevent nicotine addiction amid surge in teenage vaping. More>>

Steps taken to address Walter Reed shooting alert error

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Two Maryland congressmen say Navy officials are taking steps to correct deficiencies that wrongly led to reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington last month. More>>

Romania maternity hospital hit by superbug to reopen

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Romania's health minister says a maternity hospital in the capital where 45 babies were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug has been given the all-clear to reopen. More>>

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

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A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. More>>

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

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A startup is trying to shake up the health insurance industry with on-demand coverage. More>>

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

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Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released, but only when grades arrive on Friday, a study in Florida suggests. More>>

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

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Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country's medical emergency service crashed. More>>

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

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Three Alaska groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to demand it enforce the cleanup of polluted air around the state's second-largest city. More>>

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

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'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak; mother died in childbirth. More>>

Court: Trump can't let companies deny birth control coverage

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A U.S. appeals court has blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. More>>

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

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US officials have traced a recent outbreak of E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in central California. More>>

Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

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Saturday is the deadline for ACA health law coverage in most of the country. More>>

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

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Science, ethics and politics spark clash at a House hearing on using fetal tissue for critically important medical research. More>>

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

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With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement. More>>

First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids' hospital

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Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. More>>

5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted

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Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds have been convicted of charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. More>>

Former nicotine research monkeys now at primate sanctuary

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More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary. More>>

UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

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The head of the U.N. agency AIDS says he'll leave his post in June, an early departure date that comes a week after an independent report looking into sexual harassment at the body blasted UNAIDS' "defective leadership.". More>>

More sleep in Seattle: Later school start helps kids get zzz

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High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle thanks to a later start of the school day. More>>

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

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The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. More>>

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

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Nadia Murad, the Iraqi woman who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her activism against sexual violence in wartime, says she wants world leaders to translate sympathy for the victims into action against the abusers. More>>

Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

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Doctors: American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations. More>>

Doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

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Victims of alleged molestation by a physician at Rockefeller University Hospital want to know what happened to photos they say the doctor took while the abuse was occurring. More>>

UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him

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A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok says he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade. More>>

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

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Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, and it's happening even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. More>>

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

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Health officials are reporting the most cases ever of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children. More>>

New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

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New Zealand's government has passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time. More>>

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

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Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. More>>

Romania hospital says 39 babies now diagnosed with superbug

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Romania hospital reports 39 babies diagnosed with drug-resistant superbug. More>>

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'

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South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as at 'very high risk' in neighboring Congo's outbreak. More>>

Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

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One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses. More>>

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

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A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana says the conflicting state and federal marijuana rules that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care. More>>

Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

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Italian police are questioning more witnesses to find who sprayed an irritant, triggering a deadly disco stampede. More>>

EKG, other heart health features come to Apple Watch

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The latest software update to the newest Apple Watch, the Series 4, will now let people take EKGs of their heart and notify them when they have an irregular heartbeat. More>>

UNAIDS found in 'crisis' after sex harassment claims

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Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment inside UNAIDS says the U.N agency's leadership is "in crisis" and says it should consider whether its top official must go. More>>

US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

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Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming. More>>

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

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Deadly Ebola outbreak spreads to major Congo city as vaccine supply becomes a concern. More>>

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

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Refined grains will be allowed back on school lunches, as will flavored, low-fat milk. More>>

Study that took aim at 'Joy of Cooking' is retracted

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Another study by a prominent food researcher is being retracted. More>>

Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing

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A man who uses a wheelchair and takes marijuana for back pain has been evicted from his federally subsidized apartment in upstate New York. More>>

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won't be wiped out

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The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades although it is unlikely the disease could be eradicated. More>>

Obama health law sign-ups lagging for 2019

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Obama health law sign-ups lag for 2019; number of new customers down about 18 percent. More>>

Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah

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Advocacy groups in Utah sued to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the Mormon church of unconstitutional interference in the gutting of a measure approved by voters. More>>

Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires' disease source

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A health official testified that a cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland guests more comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park. More>>

1st baby born using uterus transplanted from deceased donor

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Brazilian doctors report world's first baby using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. More>>

Correction: Cheaper EpiPen Rival story

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Drugmaker Sandoz to sell slightly cheaper generic rival of EpiPen emergency allergy medication. More>>

The Latest: Carbon dioxide emissions see steep jump in 2018

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Environmental activists are questioning the presence of coal, oil and gasoline companies at this year's U.N. climate talks in Poland. More>>

Empty boxes top high-tech toys on doctor-recommended list

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Pediatricians tout blocks, puzzles, even throwaway boxes over high-tech toys for young children. More>>

Could anyone have stopped gene-edited babies experiment?

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Scientific consensus and regulations in much of the world prohibit making genetic changes that could be passed to future generations. But nothing stopped the Chinese researcher from helping to make the world's first gene-edited babies. More>>

World Health Organization wants panel to study gene editing

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The chief of the World Health Organization says his agency is assembling experts to consider the health impacts of gene editing. More>>

Dutch court refuses to order criminal tobacco investigation

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A Dutch appeals court has refused to order public prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against tobacco companies, in a major setback for anti-smoking activists. More>>

WHO says it can fight Ebola outbreak despite US withdrawal

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The head of the World Health Organization says the agency doesn't need Centers for Disease Control and other U.S. experts to fight an Ebola outbreak spreading in Congo, insisting: "We can cover it.". More>>

More US beef being recalled over salmonella fears

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A recall of raw beef recall is being expanded to include another 5 million pounds of products. More>>

South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

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A worldwide search is on to find donors of a rare blood type to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl who is battling cancer. More>>

Utah patients can use medical pot; but concerns still loom

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a compromise agreement that guaranteed legalization of medical marijuana but has sparked concern that it creates too many hurdles for patients trying to access the drug. More>>

The Latest: Groups decry meat-heavy menu at climate talks

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Three environmental groups are criticizing the organizers of global climate talks in Poland for having too much meat on the meeting menu. More>>

Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic. More>>

US urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens

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Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government health experts to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. More>>

California wildfire emissions equal year of power pollution

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says wildfires in California in 2018 released roughly the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced each year to provide electricity to the state. More>>

Romania shuts hospital after babies diagnosed with superbug

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Romanian health authorities temporarily close a maternity hospital in the capital after 13 babies born there were diagnosed with a drug-resistant bug. More>>

Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science

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The uproar over the unproven report of gene-edited births in China has researchers elsewhere worried about a backlash. More>>

Notorious for bad fumes, Madrid launches polluting-car ban

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Madrid has activated Friday an anti-pollution ordinance that significantly restricts traffic of private vehicles in the city center, including a total ban on the most polluting cars. More>>

UN: Polio remains global emergency, eradication at risk

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The World Health Organization says the ongoing attempt to eradicate polio remains a global emergency amid an increase in cases for the first time in years and a worrying number of outbreaks sparked by the vaccine. More>>

Repeat outbreaks pressure produce industry to step up safety

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After repeated food poisoning outbreaks, the produce industry is scrambling to contain future contaminations. More>>

Congo's Ebola outbreak now 2nd largest in history, WHO says

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Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now 2nd largest in history, World Health Organization says. More>>

China halts work by team on gene-edited babies

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A group of leading scientists has declared that it's still too soon to try making permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations, as a Chinese researcher claims to have done. More>>

From Barron to casserole, first lady opens up on White House Video included

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First lady Melania Trump is calling the opioid epidemic the 'worst drug crisis in American history'. More>>

South Africa's young rape survivors need counseling: MSF

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South Africa's young rape survivors need counseling and often don't get it, MSF report says. More>>

Younger school entry could set stage for ADHD diagnosis

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Study shows the youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than oldest. More>>

Ebola in Congo now infecting newborn babies, UN says

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Ebola in Congo now infecting newborn babies and children, World Health Organization says. More>>

Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret Video included

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Chinese scientist who claims first gene-edited babies kept much of his work secret. More>>

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