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Health law sign-up deadline extended for some people

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After a rush of last-minute sign-ups, the Trump administration says it's extending the deadline for some people to finish health insurance applications for next year under the Affordable Care Act. More>>

A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

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Health leaders say they are alarmed about reports that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words in official budget documents, including "fetus," and "transgender.". More>>

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

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Italy's Senate has passed a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Catholic Italy's long-running debate over euthanasia and when it's OK to pull the plug. More>>

With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'

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Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter sizeism, an often disregarded form of discrimination. More>>

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

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While California is about to make recreational pot legal, Texas is tiptoeing into marijuana with a restrictive medical cannabis program that critics say is doomed to fail. More>>

Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate

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Gutting 'Obamacare' coverage mandate is seen as increasing the number of uninsured people. More>>

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

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California Democratic lawmakers say they want to use the windfall from a growing economy to extend health coverage to immigrants living in the country illegally. More>>

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

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Federal mining regulators are reconsidering regulations intended to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease. More>>

Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era

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With a burst of sign-ups at enrollment deadline, Obama health law shows resiliency in Trump era. More>>

At crunch time for health sign-ups, hold times are growing

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President Donald Trump's administration says it is trying to accommodate consumers as hold times grow for those seeking to enroll in insurance under the federal health care law. More>>

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

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California and the Trump administration will square off before a U.S. judge who will decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. More>>

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

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A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations. More>>

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

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A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected to be behind a spike of radioactivity this fall has admitted that it emits the isotope that was recorded in the Ural mountains. More>>

Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

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British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived surgery to place her heart inside her chest. More>>

12 governors urge Congress to fund children's health program

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A dozen governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible. More>>

'Booze Traveler' host Jack Maxwell, 54, says he has cancer

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Jack Maxwell, host of Travel Channel's popular 'Booze Traveler' series, says he's undergoing treatment for cancer. More>>

EU Parliament votes against banning key kebab additive

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The European Parliament narrowly defeated plans to ban an additive which is considered key in industrial meats for the ubiquitous doner kebab. More>>

India says Chinese construction on river dirtying water

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Officials in India's northeast are complaining that Chinese construction activity on the upper reaches of one of Asia's largest river that flows into India are likely turning the waters downstream turbid and unfit for human consumption. More>>

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

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French baby milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of its products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. More>>

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

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Some HealthCare.gov customers get incorrect message that no plans are available to them. More>>

New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

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The CDC's director said she has resolved financial conflicts of interest, but questions remain. More>>

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

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Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week. More>>

Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

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Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night son from a week off for the boy's heart surgery. More>>

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says Video included

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Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled over 26 years despite decades of safety concerns. More>>

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

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New research suggests that a blood test five years after breast cancer treatment may help identify some women who are more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appear. More>>

US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

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Health officials say flu season is underway; illnesses widespread in 7 states. More>>

Officials: Patients at risk at Dallas psychiatric hospital

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Federal officials have warned that patients at a Dallas psychiatric hospital are at risk two years after Texas regulators threatened to shut down the facility over safety problems. More>>

Russia claims radioactivity spike not due to nuclear plant

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Russian authorities have denied that a radioactivity spike in Europe resulted from a nuclear fuel plant leak in the Urals, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there. More>>

Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

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Pharmaceutical companies are suing to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice for big price increases. More>>

Are 3-D mammograms really better? US puts scans to the test

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U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if newer, sometimes pricier 3-D mammograms really improve screening for breast cancer. More>>

A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

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AP Exclusive: People on Medicaid have worse health, but a new survey finds they're invested in improving. More>>

Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs

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Ohio is set to name recipients of up to $12 million in competitive grants aimed at supporting scientific breakthroughs to solve the national opioid crisis. More>>

Uganda controls deadly Marburg fever outbreak, WHO says

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Uganda controls deadly Marburg fever outbreak, World Health Organization says. More>>

Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

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The Philippine health chief says the government will demand a refund of $69.5 million from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed its dengue vaccine could expose some people to severe illness. More>>

Gas station hopes blue lights in bathroom can deter drug use

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Pennsylvania gas station testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. More>>

Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million from Medicaid

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Attorneys for a politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of a $100 million Medicare fraud argue that the government's loss was significantly less. More>>

Gene therapy shows promise against blood-clotting disease

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A study fuels hope that gene therapy can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood clotting disease called hemophilia. More>>

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

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Modern low-dose birth control pills, available since the 1990s, have fewer side effects than the earliest oral contraceptives. More>>

Gov't report: US health care tab hit $3.3T in 2016

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Gov't report: US health care spending reached $3.3T last year, averaging nearly $10,350 per person. More>>

Shulkin urges emergency aid for VA private health care soon

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In a fresh warning, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is urging Congress to pass billions in emergency funding for its ailing private-sector Choice health care program by year's end. More>>

Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals

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Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals because they can't pay: New report. More>>

FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss

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U.S. regulators approve new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose weight. More>>

Health law sign-ups seen as falling short though more enroll

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Health law sign ups hit 3.6M, but shortened enrollment season means final tally likely to fall short. More>>

Famed 'Concussion' pathologist alleges autopsy interference

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San Joaquin County's chief medical examiner resigned over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine. More>>

Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals

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Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals because they can't pay: New report. More>>

Did 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo reflect patient's true wish?

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An unconscious patient in an emergency room at a Miami hospital posed a vexing ethical dilemma for doctors, because of his "Do Not Resuscitate" tattoo. More>>

Professor: Bad math led to $100 million Medicare fraud tally

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Attorneys for a prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud used a statistician to attack the federal government's assertion that he stole $100 million. More>>

'Take all their excuses away': Hard cases in heroin fight

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Long before President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, addiction counselors were fighting in the trenches where it's tough to tell victory from defeat on any given day. More>>

Beyond Rx? CVS Health-Aetna deal may mean more services

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Drugstore giant CVS Health is buying the health insurer Aetna in order to push much deeper into customer care. More>>

Florida officer who saved Pulse shooting victim losing job

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A police officer who responded to a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is losing his job. More>>

Doctors: Over a year to see if uterus transplant successful

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Doctors in Texas say it took well over a year to determine if a woman who received a womb transplant would become the first in the U.S. to give birth. More>>

UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt

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The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the crisis. More>>

Doctor tied to Sen. Menendez case set for fraud sentencing

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Prosecutors say a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez should get a 30-year sentence for Medicare fraud. More>>

German paramedic convicted of raping women in research hoax

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German court sentences paramedic to 10 years in prison for giving women sedatives he claimed were for medical research and then sexually assaulting them. More>>

Nabbed at a Pizza Hut, fugitive lawyer returns to justice

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Officials say a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras. More>>

Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

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VIP sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction. More>>

The Latest: Sentencing begins for doc tied to US Senator

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Attorneys for a prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud called numerous patients and former employees to speak about his character in hopes of getting a reduced sentence. More>>

Satellite images show extent of air pollution worldwide

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Images taken by a new European satellite show the levels and distribution of common air pollutants around the world, including ash spewing from a volcano in Indonesia. More>>

CVS bids $69 billion for Aetna amid health care changes

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CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal that could help the drugstore chain push deeper into health care services and keep a key client. More>>

FDA approves first-of-a-kind test for cancer gene profiling

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U.S. officials have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once using a single tumor sample. More>>

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

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Scientists used artificial DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria that produces novel proteins, a step toward designer drug development. More>>

First baby from a uterus transplant in the US born in Dallas

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A hospital official says that the first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Europe. More>>

Philippines puts dengue immunization program on hold

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The Philippines has put on hold its dengue immunization program after new findings by vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur. More>>

US approves monthly injection for opioid addiction

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U.S. health officials have approved a monthly injectable form of the leading medication for patients recovering from addiction to opioids, such as prescription painkillers and heroin. More>>

Maryland, after delays, begins the sale of medical marijuana

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Maryland caps years of delays, begins sales of medical marijuana under program considered one of the most liberal in the nation for prescribed cannabis. More>>

Co-founder of 'Ice Bucket Challenge' dies after ALS battle

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The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" challenge that swept social media in 2014 has died after a years-long battle with the condition also known as Lou Gerhig's disease. More>>

New dengue vaccine could worsen disease in some people

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Drugmaker Sanofi says that its dengue vaccine _ the world's first _ could put people at risk of severe disease if they haven't previously been infected, according to new long-term data. More>>

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