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California: Drugmaker paid doctors to overprescribe Humira

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California has filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical giant AbbVie of illegally plying doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world's biggest selling drugs. More>>

Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

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Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge residents to vote against an insurgent ballot measure that would legalize it. More>>

South African court says marijuana use in private is legal

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South Africa's top court says marijuana use in private is legal, despite government objection. More>>

Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

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The Coca-Cola Company says that it's "closely watching" the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks. More>>

GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs

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Republicans and Democrats are joining forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs through the Senate. More>>

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

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APNewsBreak: Federal watchdog agency says safeguards are lacking for foster kids taking psychiatric drugs. More>>

Watchdog: EPA asbestos protection for schoolchildren lagging

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The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog office says the agency has been cutting back or eliminating regional programs that check whether teachers and pupils are being exposed to asbestos in schools. More>>

Doctors group recommends support for transgender children

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A doctors group is taking a stand in support of transgender children. More>>

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana

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Nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students used marijuana in electronic cigarettes in 2016, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping. More>>

Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions

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Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions on girls as young as 10 months old. More>>

FEMA chief: Too much blame around on Puerto Rico deaths

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The Trump administration's disaster relief chief says that "the numbers are all over the place" from studies on the death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. More>>

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

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A unique wildlife refuge on the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is opening its gates to the public after a confusing day when officials first said they would not open the refuge and then said they would. More>>

Lawsuit aims to block Trump 'short-term' health plans

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Patient advocates sue to block Trump administration's 'short-term' health insurance plans. More>>

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

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Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch into a life preserver with features that gain key clearances from US government regulators. More>>

FDA plans meeting to discuss safety data on breast implants

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U.S. health officials say they'll convene a public meeting of medical advisers next year to discuss new science on breast implant safety. More>>

New US survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

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A U.S. government survey shows some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. More>>

Prominent health policy expert resigns over plagiarism claim

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A prominent health policy expert at Dartmouth College has resigned after being accused of plagiarizing by other professors. More>>

Niece: Family won't take in Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper

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Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee has become a disturbing figure even for members of her own family for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. More>>

Dozens of high fever deaths cause panic in northern India

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Indian health authorities are rushing medical supplies to some north Indian towns and villages where high fever has claimed at least 50 lives in the past two weeks. More>>

Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says teenage use of e-cigarette has reached "epidemic" levels in the U.S. and called on manufacturers Wednesday to address the problem or have their products pulled off the market. More>>

Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds

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Scientists say a lab test may help determine whether specific genetic abnormalities are likely to make people sick. More>>

Romania: 4 dead from West Nile virus this week, 30 new cases

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Health authorities say mosquito-borne viruses have killed four people in Romania this week bringing the total deaths to 21. More>>

No progress as US, Cuba meet on mysterious 'health attacks'

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U.S. and Cuban officials are meeting later today in new effort to determine the method and motive behind mystery incidents in Havana that have injured American diplomats. More>>

Active shooter study: Semi-automatic rifles more deadly

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New research shows active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons. More>>

UN cancer agency: 18 million new cancer cases this year

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The World Health Organization's cancer research arm estimates there will be about 18 million new cases of cancer globally this year and more than 9 million cancer deaths. More>>

Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels

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Researchers who found that that using a virtual voodoo doll to exact revenge on an abusive boss can help you feel better, and who figured out that nutrition isn't a good reason to engage in cannibalism were among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel. More>>

Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

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Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak that has killed 25, spread from capital. More>>

Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products

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Nearly 20 percent of 11,000 marijuana products tested for potency and purity in California since July 1 have been rejected. More>>

Republicans lack votes _ and appetite _ to end 'Obamacare'

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After years of trying to demolish former President Barack Obama's prized health care law, GOP leaders still lack the votes to succeed. More>>

4 honored for genetic research and developing anesthetic

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Four scientists have won prestigious medical awards for genetics research and development of a widely used anesthetic nicknamed "milk of amnesia.". More>>

Stem cell transplant cements Arizona men's father-son bond

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Both the Rev. John Ibraham Sabbagh and his 54-year-old son, Ebby Sabbagh, are celebrating one year of going strong since the elder Sabbagh received a crucial stem cell transplant. More>>

Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak after 20 deaths

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Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak in capital after 20 deaths; more than 2,000 cases overall. More>>

Parents, Frat leaders launch national anti-hazing effort

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A group of parents whose children were killed during fraternity hazing incidents are joining forces with national fraternity leaders themselves in an effort to band the generations-old initiations involving binge drinking and beatings. More>>

Nevada high court says execution doctor's name stays secret

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The Nevada Supreme Court says the name of the physician picked to attend a state prison execution can remain secret, even from drug makers suing to ban use of their products. More>>

Italy health authorities investigate pneumonia outbreak

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Health authorities in northern Italy are investigating whether bacteria in the water supply is behind an outbreak of pneumonia that has sickened more than 100 people. More>>

Children rights charity wins $1 million humanitarian prize

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An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement. More>>

California agency cites Disneyland over Legionnaires' cases

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A California agency has fined Disneyland saying the theme park failed to properly maintain cooling equipment leading two employees to suffer serious illness. More>>

Hospital groups launch own company to make generic drugs

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Hospital groups launch own generic drug company to tackle chronic shortages and high prices. More>>

Passengers on 2 flights from Europe arrive sick in Philly

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The New York City mayor's office says 10 people hospitalized after a large commercial jet arrived from Dubai have tested positive for influenza. More>>

Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt Video included

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Early results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it's too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed. More>>

AP Exclusive: Stable costs may shift 'Obamacare' politics

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AP Exclusive: Fortunes flip for Affordable Care Act with modest premium rise and some insurers returning. More>>

Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development

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With lawsuits mounting, maker of OxyContin provides grant for nonprofit pharmaceutical company to speed development of lower-cost overdose antidote. More>>

No immediate ruling in GOP's latest 'Obamacare' lawsuit

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A federal judge in Texas didn't immediately rule on the latest push by Republicans to end the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Report: Fentanyl deaths in Alaska quadrupled in 2017

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A new report says overdose deaths in Alaska involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl more than quadrupled last year. More>>

Blood-testing startup Theranos said to be closing

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Once heralded blood-testing startup Theranos is closing, according to a media report. More>>

State sanctions dentist for excessive dentistry on child

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A Connecticut dentist accused of performing unnecessary dental work on a young girl has been disciplined by state regulators. More>>

AP Exclusive: Modest premium hikes as 'Obamacare' stabilizes

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AP Exclusive: Fortunes flip for Affordable Care Act with modest premium rise and some insurers returning. More>>

Goop settles over claims its vaginal eggs have health perks

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Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company goop has agreed to pay $145,000 in civil penalties over products including egg-shaped stones that are meant to be inserted into the vagina to improve health. More>>

New advice on kids' concussions calls for better tracking

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New children's concussion guidelines recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis. More>>

Eastern Congo has new Ebola case in city of 1.4 million

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Congo health officials say that a case of Ebola has been discovered in Butembo, a city of 1.4 million people in the country's northeast. More>>

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor out with 2 new books

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the last time she wrote a book she got some unsolicited health advice. More>>

Warnings over pollution met with a shrug in coal country

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For some in coal country, shrugs greet warnings of more illnesses from loosening emissions regulations. More>>

Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

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Researchers have expanded a health-monitoring study of wildland firefighters after a previous study found season-long health declines and deteriorating reaction times. More>>

Pepper spray discharges during flight to Hawaii, 15 treated

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Hawaiian Airlines says a flight from Oakland, California, to Maui required emergency assistance after a can of pepper spray went off inside the plane. More>>

Colorado says it's cut methane leaks as Trump eases US rules

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The Trump administration is rolling back some regulations on climate-changing methane, but Colorado says its rules are working. More>>

UN: 'Substantial risks' remain in Congo's Ebola outbreak

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'Substantial risks' remain in Congo's Ebola outbreak, World Health Organization says. More>>

Judge tosses lawsuit against California drug price law

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A federal judge in Sacramento has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a California law requiring pharmaceutical companies to give advance notice before big price increases. More>>

Mom's use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids' learning

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New research says learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's prenatal drug use. More>>

Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

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President Donald Trump picked West Virginia where he announced rolling back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn't mention that the northern two-thirds of West Virginia, with the neighboring part of Pennsylvania, would be hit hardest. More>>

Hospital staff question officials after 2nd attack in a week

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The brutal attack on a nurse at Washington state's troubled psychiatric hospital last weekend was one in a series of assaults that have staff so on edge that they're holding a rally to demand changes. More>>

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