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FDA OKs Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed. The agency approved Pfizer Inc.'s Besponsa for patients with a type of...

 

EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower...

 

Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the ci...

 

Science Says: DNA test results may not change health habits

NEW YORK (AP) — If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy? You'd quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies...

 

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A new study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher...

 

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Entering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating and...

 

Amid India oxygen scandal, docs want focus on encephalitis

Dozens of children died last week in a decrepit government hospital in northeastern India, prompting public outcry over whether an oxygen shortage was to blame. Answers remain unclear, but doctors who have spent decades treating sick kids in the...

 

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system. The number of admitted patients represents a 42-percent increase over the...

 

Sanders plans to introduce "Medicare for all" plan soon

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a group of seniors that the solution to the country's health care crisis is to make Medicare available to all, a proposal he plans to introduce shortly after Congress reconvenes in September....

 

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the...

 

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year...

 

Living proof: Kayakers embark on 301-mile journey

BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) — When Carolyn Choate was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2003, her tumor had already grown the size of a golf ball. Doctors gave her three years to live. Fourteen years later, Choate is kayaking the Delaware River fo...

 

5 researchers share $500,000 prize for work on gene editing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Five researchers will share a $500,000 medical prize for their roles in developing a groundbreaking gene-editing tool that lets scientists alter the DNA of living cells. The recipients of the annual Albany Medical Center Prize...

 

Veterans in Sioux Falls find relief through Eastern medicine

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Vietnam veteran Grant Dorothy has tried just about everything to manage the pain he's lived with since 1970, when he was wounded in combat. He drank heavily to self-medicate until 1986. He tried pain management counseling...

 

How safe is chicken imported from China? 5 questions answered

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: Under a trade deal concluded in May, China has begun exporting chicken to the United States....

 

'Seniors For Seniors' program catnip for the soul

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peggy Eagan, 89, has quite a pedigree. Her family members are the principals behind the local Leitz-Eagan Funeral Homes and the Eagan Insurance Agency, and her late husband, Frederick Leitz Eagan, was a Louisiana State Senator...

 

Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group...

 

Report: VA office denies 90 percent of Gulf War claims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Veterans Affairs office in New Mexico during the 2015 fiscal year denied more than 90 percent of benefit claims related to Gulf War illnesses, marking the ninth-lowest approval rating among VA sites nationwide, according...

 

Experts: Herd immunity outside US slows Zika in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The waning of Zika outbreaks in the Caribbean and South America has helped slow the spread of the mosquito-borne virus in Florida this year, according to health officials. Herd immunity, when enough people in an area are infected with...

 

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study. The analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Fam...

 

Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals. In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric...

 

Case of maggots in throat offers rare look at neglect probes

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — In his bed at a New York state group home for the severely disabled, Steven Wenger lay helpless against a silent invader. A slimy, wriggling clump was growing around the hole in his throat near his breathing tube. Nurses peered...

 

EXCHANGE: Brain tumor patient uses art as therapy

STREATOR, Ill. (AP) — Jeremy Johnson has always had natural artistic ability, but in 2010 his interest in it took a new turn when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Johnson began having seizures and had to move back in to his parents' house in Ot...

 

Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's parliament has passed a bill toward making women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks along with the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating....

 

Dems target swing-district House GOP on health care

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Democrats used a bus emblazoned with the words "Drive for our Lives" to gin up opposition to vulnerable House Republicans who voted against Obamacare with the aim of upending the GOP's majority in next year's midterm...

 

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