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Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

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The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General. More>>

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

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When Congress returns to work this coming week, they'll find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation, and a budget deadline that's dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. More>>

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

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Republican leaders in Congress remain dubious that a health care bill can emerge from the House next week after lawmakers return from their spring break. More>>

FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

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Federal regulators have approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. More>>

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

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The Trump administration and the Republican-led House are revisiting the question of whether adults who are able to work should be required to work to get taxpayer-provided health insurance. More>>

Indian public health group loses permit for foreign funds

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India's government has canceled permission for foreign funding for one of the country's main public health organizations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More>>

FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

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U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful opioid painkillers, codeine and tramadol. More>>

Italy upholds vaccine requirements for preschoolers

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Italy's top administrative body has rejected a challenge by parents over mandatory vaccines for children attending a northern town's pre-schools. More>>

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

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The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. More>>

AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

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Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. More>>

EPA chief makes first Superfund site visit with Indiana stop

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has toured an Indiana public-housing complex on where roughly 1,000 people were ordered evacuated because of lead contamination. More>>

FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

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Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. More>>

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

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Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. More>>

Judge: Parents of boy hurt by forceps delivery get $42M

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A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries caused after a doctor used forceps to deliver the boy. More>>

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets Video included

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President Donald Trump has signed a bill extending a program that lets veterans seek medical care in the private sector. More>>

Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping a private-sector partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain will reduce some of its strain in providing urgent care to about 120,000 veterans at the Phoenix VA medical center. More>>

Under Trump, states may demand work for Medicaid

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Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump. More>>

Italian court finds link between cell phone use and tumor

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A longtime Telecom Italia employee has been awarded monthly social security payments after a court found that his brain tumor was caused by improper use of a company-issued cellphone. More>>

Iowa lawmakers OK 20-week abortion ban, 3-day wait period

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Iowa legislators sent Gov. Terry Branstad a measure Tuesday that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure. More>>

Jury sides with Petco in death of boy from rat-bite fever

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A San Diego jury has sided with Petco in a lawsuit by the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after contracting an illness from bacteria from a rat purchased from the retailer. More>>

Feds practice Ebola evacuations despite past Trump criticism

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The Trump administration recently conducted drills for transporting Ebola virus patients to the United States, even though Donald Trump railed against his predecessor's decision to bring Ebola-infected patients to the U.S. for treatment in 2014. More>>

Johnson & Johnson says pricing competition squeezed 1Q sales

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Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter profit dipped due to slightly higher spending and a bigger tax bill, but the health care giant gave a rosier financial forecast for the year. More>>

Theranos agrees to pay $4.65 million in Arizona refunds

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Arizona's top prosecutor says embattled blood testing company Theranos has agreed to pay $4.65 million to cover full refunds for every customer in the state who used the company's testing services. More>>

Microsoft's Gates appeals to Britain to maintain foreign aid

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates has appealed to Britain's leaders to maintain current levels of foreign aid, saying that it is a good investment for both the U.K. and the world. More>>

Lawsuit: Army should factor PTSD in discharge decisions

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A federal lawsuit alleges the U.S. Army has issued less-than-honorable discharges for potentially thousands of service members without adequately considering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. More>>

Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

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A new national poll says Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain. More>>

Prince William speaks with Lady Gaga on mental health

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Prince William has brought Lady Gaga on board with in his efforts to persuade people to be more open about their mental health and crush the stigma associated with the issue. More>>

Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs Video included

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With some 2 million Americans hooked on opioid painkillers, drug companies are racing to find alternatives to stem the epidemic. More>>

Dental clinic where children got infections can reopen

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A Southern California dental clinic where nearly 70 kids contracted serious infections has received permission from health officials to reopen. More>>

Dana Woldow, crusader for healthy school lunches, dies at 65

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Dana Woldow, who drew national attention when she began a fight to rid California schools of junk food, has died. More>>

Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

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An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy. More>>

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

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Alaska, a place unlike any other in the U.S., has some of the highest health care and insurance costs in the nation. More>>

President aims for tobacco-free Turkmenistan by 2025

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Turkmenistan's president has signed a program aimed at pushing forward his goal of making the Central Asian country tobacco-free by 2025. More>>

How Trump insurance changes could affect coverage next year

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The Trump administration has released limited fixes for shaky Obama-era health insurance markets, but insurers say it's not enough. More>>

20 killed in Sri Lanka as massive mound of garbage collapses

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A massive mound of garbage has collapsed in Sri Lanka, killing 19 people, injuring 13 and forcing more than 600 others to flee their homes during festivities to mark the local new year. More>>

Lilly's rheumatoid arthritis pill rejected by regulators

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Eli Lilly says U.S. regulators rejected its much-anticipated pill for the immune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, the drugmaker's second drug development setback since November. More>>

Hyland's teething tablets recalled over levels of toxic herb

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Hyland's teething tablets are being recalled nationwide due to inconsistent levels of toxic belladonna. More>>

Widow of Italian right-to-die protagonist turns herself in

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The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy's euthanasia debate has turned herself into police after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die. More>>

Health inspectors ding Trump's Mar-a-Lago eateries

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Reports show Florida health inspectors dinged President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 13 violations. More>>

Running behind: Marathons may delay medical care for others

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A US study finds that it takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for heart care on race day and they're less likely to survive. More>>

Documentary chronicles Boston, 'granddaddy of all marathons'

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A new film about the Boston Marathon premieres this weekend, and it captures much of the race's colorful 121-year history. More>>

Trans fats ban linked with fewer NY heart attacks & strokes

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A new study says bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties. More>>

Ex-doctor in hepatitis C outbreak dies in prison custody

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A once-prominent Las Vegas physician who was convicted of murder and 26 other charges in a 2007 hepatitis outbreak has died in prison custody. More>>

Iowa voters say GOP lawmaker right to say no to health bill

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Rebuffing President Donald Trump and Republican leaders on the GOP health care bill seemed like a major political misstep for Iowa Rep. David Young, who quickly was punished by a political action committee linked to Speaker Paul Ryan. More>>

Trump lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

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President Donald Trump has signed legislation that lets states withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. More>>

Prostate cancer tests are now OK with US panel, with caveats Video included

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An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. More>>

What to know about new advice on prostate cancer test

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What to know about new advice on prostate cancer test. More>>

Trump's 'Obamacare' fixes don't impress insurers

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The Trump administration has released limited fixes for shaky Obama-era health insurance markets. More>>

1st drug OK'd for movement disorder caused by certain meds

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U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat a neurological disorder that causes people to involuntarily move their face and body. More>>

Pennsylvania congressman seen as likely pick to be drug czar

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The head of Pennsylvania's Republican Party says the next national drug czar is likely to be a congressman who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump. More>>

Claims target California city over dental clinic infections

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Attorneys representing children who got infections during dental treatments have filed 58 claims against a Southern California city, alleging it provided contaminated water to a clinic. More>>

US temporarily bans use of cyanide predator traps in Idaho

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U.S. officials have temporarily stopped the use of predator-killing cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it out. More>>

Jury returns $454M fraud verdict in hospital gown lawsuit

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Kimberly-Clark and its spinoff medical technology firm Halyard Health have been hit with $454 million in compensatory and punitive damages, after a federal jury found the companies misled California buyers about the impermeability of their surgical gowns. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story

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A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false. More>>

New Hampshire bill requires notice before teaching sex ed

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is soon to decide whether New Hampshire schools must give parents two weeks' notice before teaching sex education or human sexuality. More>>

GOP owns health care dilemma now, and voter skepticism

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The Republican answer for the problems of "Obamacare" is even more unpopular so far than the original law. More>>

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