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Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

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Congressional aides and lobbyists say Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited health care bill. More>>

The Latest: Dem says 'we can do better' than GOP health plan

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Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama's health law. More>>

Flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter

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Officials: Last winter's flu vaccine was essentially ineffective in protecting older Americans against the illness. More>>

San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

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San Francisco has approved a bill that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. More>>

Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

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No proven ways to stave off dementia, but new report urges research into some steps that might help bolster brain health in old age. More>>

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof

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The highest court of the European Union says that even in cases where there is no scientific proof to suggest a vaccine is defective, courts may conclude in individual cases that the vaccines are to blame in certain circumstances. More>>

GOP Medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic

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Republican efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law could mean deep cuts to treatment programs in states hard hit by the opioid crisis. More>>

People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

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People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic amid fighting: Rights group. More>>

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

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An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults _ and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision. More>>

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

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Enough insurers are planning to sell coverage on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges next year to keep them working _ if only barely _ in most parts of the country. More>>

Pope pledges more than $500,000 in South Sudan aid

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Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment. More>>

Kenya to provide sanitary pads for girls in public schools

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Kenya to provide sanitary pads for girls in public schools; many are forced to skip classes. More>>

The Latest: GOP health plan cuts Medicaid, ends penalties

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Sources say top Senate Republicans are finalizing their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

AP sources: Senate GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

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Republicans are angling toward a Senate vote next week on their marquee effort to erase much of President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Blackhawks' Hossa to miss next season with skin disorder

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Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder. More>>

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

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An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults _ and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Few favor Trump move to ditch Paris accord

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A new poll finds that Americans are more likely to oppose than support President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. More>>

Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids

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A consumer watchdog group says those wildly popular fidget spinners aren't as harmless as they might appear. More>>

Ohio woman's family files lawsuit against outdoor park

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The family of an Ohio woman who died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a North Carolina outdoor recreational park. More>>

Report: Dangerous chemical could threaten reservoir

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A new report says that a dangerous chemical detected in groundwater near a Superfund site in New Jersey could pose a threat to a nearby reservoir that provides drinking water to as many as 3.5 million people. More>>

Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

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A new study finds only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance. More>>

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

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Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. More>>

Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

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Democrats lack the votes to stop the still-evolving Republican health care bill in the Senate, but they're criticizing it as a stealthy measure that GOP leaders want to rush through the chamber before anyone knows what's really in it. More>>

Republicans' Medicaid rollback collides with opioid epidemic

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Republican efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law could mean deep cuts to treatment programs in states hard hit by the opioid crisis. More>>

'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data

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Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting 10,000 New Yorkers early next year for a study so sweeping it's called "The Human Project.". More>>

Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

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A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges that he sexually abused children. More>>

China bans more synthetic opioids blamed for US drug deaths

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China has announced it is banning a deadly synthetic opioid called U-47700 and three other synthetic drugs. More>>

How the AP-NORC poll on climate change was conducted

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The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on climate change and the Paris climate accord was conducted by NORC on June 8-11. More>>

Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

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A mother's grief is behind a bill in New York's legislature that would allow opioid dealers to be charged with a homicide when their wares cause an overdose death. More>>

Judge allows lawsuit on life-ending drugs for terminally ill

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A judge on Friday allowed a legal challenge to proceed against California's law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs. More>>

Vatican defends membership for theologian over abortion flap

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The head of the Vatican's bioethics panel is defending the decision to name as a member an Anglican moral theologian who has said abortion could be condoned up until the 18th week of gestation. More>>

Overcoming Opioids: Easing an epidemic 1 doctor at a time

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The U.S. opioid epidemic, launched by a pharmaceutical sales force, began in doctors' offices. More>>

Southwest US preps for 120 temps: Water, water, more water

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A potentially record-shattering heat wave is rolling into the Southwest U.S., threatening to bring 120-degree temperatures to parts of Arizona and California. More>>

Michigan governor defends cabinet members charged in Flint

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is keeping two cabinet members in their roles, despite calls for their removal due to charges stemming from the investigation of Flint's water crisis. More>>

GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

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Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed. More>>

No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

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Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing for years, fell dramatically last year in the United States. More>>

Sweet sizzlin' beans! Fancy names may boost healthy dining

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Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. More>>

FDA approves new, cheaper rival to EpiPen allergy shot

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U.S. regulators approve new, cheaper competition for EpiPens, the emergency allergy injector that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. More>>

Nevada forces drugmakers to reveal insulin pricing, profits

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Nevada now has the nation's strictest rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to reveal how they set certain prescription drug prices. More>>

Official hopes charges in Flint water case help return trust

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Michigan's attorney general says prosecuting current and former officials over the lead contamination of Flint's water is a step toward restoring trust in government. More>>

Top GOP senator seeks action now to steady insurance markets

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Sen. Alexander: Trump should guarantee payment of health insurance subsidies. More>>

Gov't report: Health care deductibles higher under GOP bill

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President Donald Trump promised to make health care more affordable but a government report found higher out-of-pocket costs under the House Republican bill. More>>

APNewsBreak: Ex-VA exec 'astounded' by cost of hospital

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A former VA official who was criticized by Congress for massive cost overruns at a new Colorado veterans hospital says he was never told the price had ballooned to more than $1.7 billion. More>>

Belgian court convicts parents in baby's malnutrition death

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A Belgian court convicted two parents for their part in the death of their child, who succumbed to malnutrition and dehydration because they were firm believers in alternative diets. More>>

UN: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for IS-held Syria

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UN: Trucks readied to send polio vaccine for Islamic State group-held Syrian areas. More>>

Drones carrying defibrillators could aid heart emergencies

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Researchers tested using small drones to carry heart defibrillators to homes where people had cardiac arrests. More>>

Trump labeling House health care bill 'mean' frustrates GOP

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Sources say that President Donald Trump is now calling the House-passed health care bill 'mean' after he helped rescue it. More>>

2 polio outbreaks in Congo, World Health Organization says

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2 polio outbreaks confirmed in Congo, World Health Organization says. More>>

Gun debate under Trump tested by congressman's shooting

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The shooting of a top House Republican drew concern and outrage from across the political spectrum Wednesday, but also sparked debate about gun violence in the United States. More>>

New frontier in cancer care: Turning blood into living drugs Video included

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Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and 'living drugs' are its next frontier. More>>

Church hands out opioid reversal drug at family festival

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Some people have questioned an Ohio church's decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival. More>>

Hurdles expected for Utah's medical marijuana research law

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Utah lawmakers balked again this year at joining 29 other states and legalizing medical marijuana, instead giving state colleges the green light to study the medical impacts in hopes of having data to rely on next year to make an informed decision. More>>

Key insurer Centene plans to expand health exchange presence

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Centene Corp. says it will begin offering Affordable Care Act coverage next year in insurance exchanges in Missouri, Kansas and Nevada at a time other insurers are pulling out of such marketplaces. More>>

San Francisco requires clean space for breastfeeding workers

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San Francisco supervisors approved legislation that requires employers to provide new mothers a clean space to pump their milk, adding to the board's long history of trying to make the city more equitable for workers even if that means more regulations. More>>

Congress passes long-sought VA accountability bill

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Congress has approved long-sought legislation to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs. More>>

Trump: Health care dropouts sign that Democrats 'gave up'

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President Donald Trump says the continued drop out of health care subscribers is a sign that the "obstructionist Democrats gave up."Trump tweeted Tuesday, '2 million more people just dropped out of ObamaCare...'. More>>

Philadelphia hospital separates conjoined 10-month-old twins

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Hospital officials in Philadelphia say they've successfully separated 10-month-old conjoined twins during surgery that took a team 11 hours to complete. More>>

Court: UK baby must remain on life support for 6 more days

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A European court has ordered Britain to maintain a terminally ill baby on life support for six more days after his parents lost their appeals before U.K. courts. More>>

Iraq: Food poisoning strikes hundreds at camp for displaced

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Iraqi health minister: Mass food poisoning at camp for displaced people near northern city of Mosul kills 2; hundreds sick. More>>

AP sources: Trump tells senators House health bill 'mean'

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Congressional sources say President Donald Trump has told Republican senators that the House health care bill is "mean" and that the Senate version should be "more generous.". More>>

FDA delays revamped nutrition facts panel

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The FDA is delaying a rule that would require food companies to label their products with a new nutrition facts panel. More>>

San Francisco requires clean space for breastfeeding workers

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San Francisco supervisors have approved legislation requiring employers in the city to provide new mothers at work a clean and private space to pump their milk. More>>

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids

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A new study finds the world's weight problem is growing in countries rich and poor, and in many of them obesity is increasing faster in children than adults. More>>

WHO: Maldives, Bhutan have eliminated measles

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The World Health Organization says Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to stop the highly contagious child killer. More>>

Top Republican seeks action now to steady insurance markets

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Top House Republican calls for immediate action to stabilize health insurance markets around the country, even as the GOP-led Congress pursues repeal of the Barack Obama law that created them. More>>

Use of drug probed in Los Angeles organ donor's death

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A Los Angeles County coroner's investigator claims an anesthesiologist used a painkiller drug to hasten the death of a gravely injured boy to increase the likelihood his organs could be harvested after life support was removed. More>>

Puerto Rico orders students to get vaccinated against HPV

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Puerto Rico's government is ordering all students ages 11 and 12 to get vaccinated against HPV by next year. More>>

2 young boys cry for help, save overdosed parents

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Police say 4-year-old and 1-year-old boys saved a Pennsylvania couple who overdosed by yelling out a window for help. More>>

FDA asks drugmaker to stop selling its opioid painkiller

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Federal regulators want a narcotic painkiller involved in the U.S. opioid epidemic off the market because it's too risky. More>>

Zika birth defects in US territories similar to other places

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In America's island territories, Zika birth defects seen at same rate as other epidemic areas. More>>

Advocate of abstinence-only sex education gets high HHS post

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A prominent leader of the abstinence-only sex education movement has been appointed to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services, joining several other social conservative activists in the leadership ranks at HHS. More>>

Study finds pregnancy seems safe for breast cancer survivors Video included

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A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. More>>

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning of a new problem presented by the nation's opioid epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing. More>>

Senate OKs bill to make firing employees easier for VA

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The Senate is poised to approve legislation to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. More>>

Number of suspected cholera cases hits 100,000 in Yemen: WHO

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A Yemeni health official says a cholera outbreak has infected more than 96,000 people, causing 746 deaths. More>>

Massachusetts medical pot dispensary selling marijuana pizza

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A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets. More>>

Senate Republicans claim progress on health care legislation

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Senate Republicans say they're nearing consensus on health care legislation as they head toward a make-or-break vote by the Fourth of July. More>>

Delaware protects abortion rights, efforts stall elsewhere

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As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. More>>

Insurer Anthem opens another hole in ACA exchange blanket

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One of the nation's biggest health insurers says it will not return to Ohio's public insurance exchanges next year, a decision that could open more holes in the Affordable Care Act's increasingly thin system for helping people buy coverage. More>>

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