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AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

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AP-NORC Poll: 62 percent say feds should make sure that all Americans have health care coverage as public opinion shifts. More>>

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Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

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Shoppers will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after President Donald Trump's administration ended contracts that brought assistance into 18 cities. More>>

Doctors consider next treatment for McCain's brain tumor

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Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. More>>

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

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Doctors say Arizona Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor associated with a blood clot that was removed last week. More>>

Budget office: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured

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Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion. More>>

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

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There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases. More>>

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

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For the 1st time, UN says more than half of people with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus. More>>

UK royals make pretzels, visit German cancer research center

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited a cancer research center and made pretzels in the university city of Heidelberg on the second day of their visit to Germany. More>>

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

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Not everyone needs a brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's, but new research suggests PET scans may lead to treatment changes for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down. More>>

Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law

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How Trump could help sink Obama health law by withholding subsidy payments to insurers and declining to enforce the mandate to buy coverage. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

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AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on health care overhaul; only 13 percent back "Obamacare" repeal without a replacement. More>>

Doctor who linked kids' lead exposure to health issues dies

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Dr. Herbert Needleman, a pediatrician and University of Pittsburgh researcher who linked lead exposure in children to health and intelligence issues, dies at 89. More>>

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

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President Donald Trump says it's probably time to "just let Obamacare fail" after the latest humiliating heath bill collapse in the Senate. More>>

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

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Rural hospitals face prospect of struggling to stay viable as Republicans in Congress consider everything from outright repeal to gradual phase-out of Medicaid expansion. More>>

Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential Video included

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Authorities believe a 10-year-old Miami boy died of a fentanyl overdose after visiting a local pool last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis. More>>

McCain's brain tumor is particularly aggressive type

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Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. More>>

Chile Senate OKs bill allowing abortion in some cases

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Chilean lawmakers have taken a major step toward legalizing abortion in some cases, a dramatic development in one of Latin America's most traditionally conservative countries. More>>

McCain aide: Senator 'recovering comfortably' after surgery

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Sen. John McCain's office says the Arizona Republican continues to recover following recent surgery to remove a blot clot. More>>

Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law

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Marijuana is going on sale at 16 pharmacies in Uruguay, the final step in applying a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. More>>

Hearing is believing: Speech may be a clue to mental decline Video included

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New research suggests that changes to speech may indicate you're developing thinking problems. More>>

Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

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'Let it fail': Trump's push to repeal health care plan without replacing it feeds the dread that many Americans who are beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act have endured for months. More>>

'Repeal now, replace later' has immediate consumer impact

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Higher premiums, less choice could follow if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" with no replacement. More>>

Lawsuit: New TennCare rates endanger hemophilia patients

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A Tennessee lawsuit claims the state is breaking federal law and putting people with bleeding disorders like hemophilia in great danger by reimbursing less for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program. More>>

Native American healing class sparks unique health textbook

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A new textbook is focusing on indigenous healing methods from the American Southwest and Latin America. More>>

Court: California med board justified in prescription probe

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The California Supreme Court says the state medical board did not violate patients' privacy when it dug through prescription data while investigating their doctor. More>>

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses Video included

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The implosion of the Senate Republican health care bill leaves a divided GOP with its flagship legislative priority in tatters. More>>

Woman disfigured by gunshot gets full face transplant

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The Cleveland Clinic says a 21-year-old woman disfigured by a gunshot as a teenager has received a face transplant. More>>

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

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The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act hinges in part on enticing young adults into the insurance market, but they're a tough sell. More>>

What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop Video included

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Senate Republicans are scrambling to pick up the pieces after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed for a second time. More>>

Co-founder of Purdue Pharma dies at 97

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The co-founder of Purdue Pharma, a Connecticut company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin, has died at age 97. More>>

Woman, 59, who tried for decades to get pregnant gives birth

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A 59-year-old woman who tried for nearly four decades to become pregnant has given birth at an upstate New York hospital after fertility treatments. More>>

Veterans hospital officials removed over care allegations

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has removed two top officials at New Hampshire's only veterans hospital and has ordered a review of the facility starting Monday amid allegations of "dangerously substandard care.". More>>

With Clooney assist, US aid groups team up on Africa crisis

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Eight of the largest U.S.-based aid groups are joining together in a new campaign to address what the United Nations calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years. More>>

Montana faces double quandary over Medicaid expansion

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For all the uncertainty over the fate of a health care overhaul in Washington, Montana's working poor are already in a quandary. More>>

Needles all over: What to do if you find syringes in public

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Needles everywhere: What to do and whom to call if you or your children find discarded syringes. More>>

2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

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Foes from left and right are using the delayed vote on the Republican health care bill to make it as politically toxic as possible for wavering GOP senators to support it. More>>

Terminally ill British man in right-to-die court fight

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A British man who is terminally ill with motor neuron disease is asking the High Court to let him end his life. More>>

Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river

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Portland, Oregon, promotes river that runs through it as finally swimmer-friendly, sewage-free. More>>

Europe horse meat scam: At least 66 people arrested

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Authorities have arrested at least 66 people in a European food scam which sold horse meat unfit for human consumption. More>>

Clarification: France-Obit-Veil story

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Clarification: France-Obit-Veil story. More>>

Winners and losers complicate GOP's path on health care bill

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New winners and losers could complicate prospects for latest GOP health care bill. More>>

Major insurance groups call part of health bill 'unworkable'

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Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is "unworkable in any form.". More>>

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is the man to watch on health bill

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With health care legislation hanging by a thread in the Senate, no lawmaker is under more pressure than Nevada's GOP Sen. Dean Heller. More>>

Ohio county fair hogs to be destroyed after swine flu found

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State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a county fair in southwest Ohio after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu. More>>

The Latest: Dems say 3 states get a boost in GOP health bill

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The nation's largest doctors' group says the new Republican health care bill falls short on coverage and access, particularly for low-income people on Medicaid. More>>

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

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A new report say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all prescription opioids. More>>

Trump, administration press Republicans to back health bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell releases new health care bill, but he's struggling for GOP votes to pass it. More>>

FDA OKs new Johnson & Johnson treatment for psoriasis

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People with psoriasis will have a new treatment option, after U.S. regulators approved a drug from Johnson & Johnson. More>>

U.S doctor: Treatment 'worth trying' in UK sick baby case

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The parents of a baby with a rare disease stormed out of a London court hearing in an emotional outburst Thursday, as the couple tried to convince a judge to let them take their critically-ill child to the United States for medical treatment. More>>

Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away

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Surgery didn't help men with early-stage prostate cancer live longer compared to monitoring their disease, long-term results suggest. More>>

Health care bill has money for Alaska, home of a GOP holdout

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A provision in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's rewritten health care bill appears to benefit only the state of one GOP holdout. More>>

Nurses trying to return to work after strike are locked out

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A nurses' strike at a Boston hospital has turned into a lockout. More>>

American doctor to travel to UK in Charlie Gard case

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The parents of Charlie Gard are returning to court in their quest to win permission for their ailing son to travel to the United States for an experimental medical treatment. More>>

Latino plaintiffs sue California alleging poor health care

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A court challenge says California is harming medical care for more than 13 million lower-income residents _ the majority of them Latinos _ by failing to pay doctors enough to provide proper care. More>>

Trump says he'll be 'angry' if Senate health care bill flops

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Michelle Obama earns loud ovation from athletes at The ESPYS

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Michelle Obama returned to the spotlight as a presenter at The ESPYS, drawing the loudest ovation at the awards show honoring the past year's best athletes and moments in sports. More>>

Analysis: Trump will claim health care win _ or shift blame

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For Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, success on health care could bring a Rose Garden celebration with President Trump. More>>

Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st US gene therapy

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FDA advisers hear details about what could be the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. More>>

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

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U.S. prosecutors have charged more than 400 people with taking part in health care fraud schemes that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing. More>>

Senate consumer choice idea could raise premiums for sick

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A proposal from Senate conservatives that would let health insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan is being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and potential savings. More>>

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain

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Researchers are discovering that ongoing stress during early childhood _ from grinding poverty, neglect, parental substance abuse and other adversity _ can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids' brains and other body systems. More>>

NYC launches $32 million plan to reduce rat population

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New York City announces a $32 million, multi-agency plan to reduce the rat population. More>>

House panel seeks to block FDA 'vaping' rules

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A House panel has renewed its efforts to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules. More>>

Vice President Pence makes case for repeal bill in Kentucky

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While Senate Republicans wrangle over health care, Vice President Mike Pence planned an appearance Wednesday in Kentucky, one of the states with the most at stake as the GOP seeks to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature health care law. More>>

The Latest: FDA panel endorses potential 1st US gene therapy

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FDA advisers endorse approval of what could be the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. More>>

UN health agency: Measles has killed 35 children in Europe

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The World Health Organization says measles has killed 35 children in Europe in the last year, calling it an "unacceptable tragedy" that deaths are being caused by a vaccine-preventable disease. More>>

UK's May orders probe into contaminated blood scandal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a public inquiry into how contaminated blood was used to treat thousands in the 1970s and '80s, killing 2,400 people, according to officials. More>>

UK court sets new hearing in case of terminally ill baby

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A British court will assess new evidence in the case of Charlie Gard as his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment. More>>

Goal of nation's first opioid court: Keep users alive

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Buffalo, New York, is home to the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court, which puts users under faster, stricter supervision with the goal of keeping them alive. More>>

GOP governors to party's senators: Do no harm to health care

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Several Republican governors are sending pointed messages to their home-state GOP senators to shield their states from Medicaid cuts and other changes to the 2010 health care law that could take away coverage from thousands of their residents. More>>

Longtime GOP pessimistic about health care bill prospects

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Republican leaders hope to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week. More>>

Survey: US uninsured up by 2M this year as gains erode

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Survey: Uninsured rate among US adults at 11.7 percent this year, up significantly from 2016. More>>

Schumer calls on FDA to regulate 'snortable chocolate'

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a "snortable chocolate" powder that's being sold as a way to get a "euphoric energy" rush. More>>

Georgia health commissioner named CDC director in Atlanta

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Georgia's health commissioner has been named the new director of the federal government's top public health agency. More>>

FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can't properly carry oxygen throughout the body. More>>

GOP health care divisions multiply as Trump pressures Senate

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Two moderate Republicans have indicated that the initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably "dead" and President Donald Trump's proposal to just repeal it appears to be a "non-starter.". More>>

Trump presses Congress on health care bill: Get it done

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President Donald Trump pressed Congress on Monday to "get it done" on health care before leaving for its long August recess. More>>

A brief look at the medical issues in the Charlie Gard case

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A brief look at the medical and legal issues in the case of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old who has a rare genetic disease. More>>

Ohio preparing for 1st execution in more than 3 years

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Ohio says it's following a mandatory checklist for putting inmates to death as it prepares for the state's first execution in more than three years. More>>

Parents still fighting for Charlie Gard's treatment

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Britain's justice secretary says the government won't play a role in deciding the medical treatment of a terminally ill baby whose parents want to take him to the U.S. for experimental treatment. More>>

UN health agency's new chief says he will check travel costs

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The new head of the World Health Organization said he is reviewing the agency's travel expenses, after an Associated Press story last month revealed the U.N. agency spends more on travel than on fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. More>>

2 GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law 'dead'

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Two Republican senators say the initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably "dead". More>>

Sheriff won't let his deputies carry overdose antidote

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A sheriff in an Ohio county with record numbers of overdose deaths in recent years is sticking to his long-standing refusal to allow deputies to carry an overdose-reversal drug. More>>

GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

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McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama's health care law _ but has a Plan B, too. More>>

Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer

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One immunotherapy for many cancers? Patients advised to seek testing to see if their tumors have genetic flaw that qualifies. More>>

Painkiller maker stops sales at FDA request because of abuse

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Maker of painkiller Opana ER pulling drug off the market at FDA request because of abuse. More>>

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

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A new government report finds opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years overall, but rising in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties. More>>

People splash in pools, fountains as Southwest US heats up

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A heat wave blanketing the Southwest is toppling temperature records, raising wildfire danger and sending residents to pools and beaches for cool relief. More>>

UK hospital seeks court hearing on new Charlie Gard evidence

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The mother of a terminally ill baby in London says that recent international support has revived her hopes for her son's life, and that he is not suffering. More>>

How do you like walrus? Well done is best amid outbreak

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If walrus is in your dinner plans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you make sure it's well done after two outbreaks of trichinosis over the last year in Alaska. More>>

Science Says: Too early for forecast on Lyme disease ticks

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Is this a bad year for ticks and Lyme disease? The evidence is patchy and the science complicated. More>>

UK's foreign secretary backs doctors in Baby Charlie case

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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has backed doctors in the Baby Charlie case. More>>

Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

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Oregon lawmakers approved a measure requiring insurance companies to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity. More>>

Tick towns: Researchers target neighborhoods in Lyme effort

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Researchers in a Lyme disease-plagued part of New York's Hudson Valley are tackling tick problems across entire neighborhoods with fungal sprays and bait boxes. More>>

Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

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A gay man in central China has successfully sued a mental hospital for forced conversion therapy in what activists hailed as the first such court victory in the country. More>>

Australian class-action case opens over pelvic mesh implants

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More than 700 Australian women file a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, arguing the pharmaceutical giant's vaginal mesh implants caused devastating pain and ravaged their bodies. More>>

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