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The Latest: CDC: Nearly 200 in 22 states sick after vaping

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a possible vaping-related illnesses around the U.S. (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Health officials say the number of the number of severe breathing illnesses reported in people who vape has grown to nearly 200 in 22...

 

Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US

The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the...

 

Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement rates to increase 5%

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health care providers who offer services to SoonerCare patients in Oklahoma are expected to see a 5% rate increase that will raise the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate to its highest level in more than five years. The...

 

Aetna changes Kansas leaders with Medicaid contract at risk

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Insurance company Aetna is bringing in new leaders to run its Medicaid operations in Kansas after complaints from hospitals and others put it at risk of losing its state contract. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment...

 

Colorado finds lung disease case possibly linked to vaping

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials say one person has been confirmed with a severe lung disease that appears to be linked to electronic cigarette products. The Denver Post reported Thursday that the state Department of Public Health and...

 

H-E-B recalls some ice cream from more than Texas 100 stores

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — H-E-B has voluntarily recalled half-gallon containers of Strawberry Creamy Creations ice cream after metal from processing equipment was found during routine inspections. The San Antonio-based grocer on Thursday announced the...

 

New Mexico limits providers to 1,750 marijuana plants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will limit licensed medical marijuana providers to 1,750 mature cannabis plants, a drop from the 2,500 plants allowed under an expiring emergency state rule. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that the new...

 

Oklahoma woman charged with racist vandalism hospitalized

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with spray-painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on the county Democratic Party's offices, an art center and an elementary school in Norman, Oklahoma, was hospitalized for medical and mental...

 

Officials say no misconduct in suicide death of teen inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say an investigation has found no misconduct by employees at the Oklahoma County Jail in the death of a teenage inmate who apparently took his own life. The Oklahoman reports that Annette Jacobi, director of the...

 

Family of slain Kansas inmate files federal lawsuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The family of a slain Kansas inmate has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a systemic disregard for the health and safety of prisoners housed at the Meade County jail. A complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas...

 

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients who authorities say he misdiag...

 

Kansas couple sue to keep son from being vaccinated

STILWELL, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City, Kansas, lawyer and his wife are suing to try to keep from having to vaccinate their 4-year-old son. The Kansas City Star reports it's the second time Linus and Terri Baker, of Stilwell, have sued over...

 

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Cynthia Curl, Boise State University (THE CONVERSATION) “Organic” is more than just a passing fad. Organic food sales totaled a...

 

5 tips for college students to avoid burnout

(THE CONVERSATION) Burnout is a stress-related state of exhaustion and often leads to feelings of isolation, low accomplishment and even depression. Although research has long shown that burnout affects employees, we now know burnout also affects... Full story

 

OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to proprietary research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them find causes and treatments for drug addiction....

 

The Latest: Prosecutor: Women won't face abortion felonies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a new Missouri abortion law (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Aug. 16, 2019 A top Missouri prosecutor says he doesn't believe women will be charged with felonies for seeking abortions under a new state law....

 

Oklahoma County jail inmate dies, was found unresponsive

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating the death of a county jail inmate. The sheriff's office says in a Tuesday news release that 56-year-old Daryl Clinton died Saturday at a hospital where he was taken...

 

Kansas anti-vaccine groups say membership numbers surging

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas anti-vaccination group says its membership is growing dramatically since the state added two new vaccination requirements for children returning to school this fall. As of Aug. 2, Kansas is requiring a meningitis...

 

Parts of South and Midwest grapple with dangerous heat wave

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning about days of scorching, dangerous heat gripping a wide swath of the U.S. South and Midwest, where the heat index on Monday eclipsed 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) in one town and climbed nearly that...

 

Kansas man, son awarded $6.55 million wrongful death verdict

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A jury has awarded a Kansas man and his 3-year-old son $6.55 million in a wrongful death verdict after the man's wife died hours after giving birth at a Wichita hospital. The Wichita Eagle reports that the award is the largest...

 

Hepatitis A confirmed at Redfield, Arkansas, diner

REDFIELD, Ark. (AP) — Health officials are again warning of a possible hepatitis A exposure after an employee at a central Arkansas diner tested positive for the disease. Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said Thursday that...

 

Kansas homeless shelter plans to cut services in half

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A homeless shelter in Lawrence says it plans to cut the number of people it serves by nearly half next month as it grapples with financial issues. The Lawrence Community Shelter said Friday in a statement that "funding...

 

Meier-Hummel appointed youth suicide prevention coordinator

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations...

 

Study: Centers turn away patients on opioid medication

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A recent University of Kansas study found that many treatment centers for addiction in the Kansas City area will not accept or have restrictions on accepting patients who have been prescribed medications to fight their...

 

Missouri, Kansas see uptick in drug overdose deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal data indicates drug overdose deaths in Kansas and Missouri are on the rise even as national drug-related fatalities are in decline. Provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and...

 

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