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Survey: US uninsured up 3.5M this year; expected to rise

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Gallup-Sharecare survey: US uninsured up 3.5M this year; expected to rise. More>>

Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

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Ohio has launched an $8 million effort to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis. More>>

Closing arguments set in deadly meningitis outbreak trial

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Attorneys are preparing to make their closing arguments in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in a deadly meningitis outbreak. More>>

Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates

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Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates: study. More>>

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

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Q&A: Bipartisan health care bill offers stability for markets; potential respite for consumers on premium hikes. More>>

Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

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An Australian state has taken a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law. More>>

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

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U.S. regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer, 1st one for adults. More>>

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is criticizing Donald Trump's response to a bipartisan health deal in the Senate, saying it's best for the president to take a consistent position, 'and let's face it, he's not been particularly consistent here.'. More>>

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. More>>

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

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How's that? Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance, experts say. More>>

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

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Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. More>>

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

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Uncertainty and confusion are mounting as millions of Americans prepare to select health insurance policies when the new open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins on Nov. 1. More>>

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

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Sen. Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump called him Wednesday "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums after Trump stopped them. More>>

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

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A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. More>>

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

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California Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency to combat hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed 18 lives in San Diego. More>>

Correction: Pain Gap story

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Report finds millions die suffering in part because of a global disparity that leaves many poor countries without opioid painkillers. More>>

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

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Personal trainer Bryant Johnson has been working out 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. In a book out Wednesday, he details her workout regimen. More>>

A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

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Two leading senators say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

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New government research shows obesity rates for U.S. children, teens and adults aren't getting any better. More>>

Puerto Rico hurricane may cause shortage of hospital IV bags

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Maker of hospital IV solution bags expects some shortages because Hurricane Maria shut down its factories in Puerto Rico. More>>

Trump's blow to 'Obamacare' jolts health consumers, politics

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President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. More>>

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. More>>

Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment center sent

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Red Cross sends 1st-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar as outbreak spreads. More>>

Kitchen staff fall ill, evacuated from new EU building

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The European Union says staff working in kitchens of its new building in Brussels have fallen ill and been evacuated after a ventilator malfunction filled the air with fumes. More>>

The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

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President Donald Trump is inviting congressional Democrats to "call me to fix" America's health care system, as he prepares an order ceasing federal subsidy payments to health insurers. More>>

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks Video included

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The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon. More>>

Merck scraps disappointing experimental cholesterol drug

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After publishing mediocre test results for a new type of cholesterol medicine, drugmaker Merck won't seek regulators' approval. More>>

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

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The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians. More>>

Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

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Swedish prosecutors say the investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants has been abandoned. More>>

Trump health coverage alternatives may pose risk to the sick

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White House plan could bring more health insurance choices and cheaper options to some but may pose risk to the sick. More>>

Mother who ignored deal to vaccinate son to share custody

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A Michigan judge has reduced the child custody rights of a woman who was jailed for five days for not following through on an agreement to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. More>>

Seychelles reports plague case linked to Madagascar outbreak

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Authorities in Seychelles say a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar, where a plague outbreak has killed dozens of people. More>>

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

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Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order that aims to make lower-premium plans more available. More>>

Women's health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

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Critics say Trump birth control rule overlooks known benefits while raising doubts on effectiveness. More>>

Ethics report says NY lawmaker's actions warrant review

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The House Ethics Committee says it's extending its review of Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York. More>>

The Latest: FDA advisers endorse gene therapy for blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Phish drummer warns parents of lead poisoning after scare

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The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son. More>>

Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab center Video included

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First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for babies in the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic. More>>

Dirty old birds shed light on key global warming particle

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Scientists say more than 1,000 dirty stuffed old birds from Midwestern museums are helping them better understand a key global warming particle. More>>

China to allow some drugs based on foreign approvals

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China's government says it will allow use of some drugs and medical devices based on approval by foreign regulators in a move that could help ease access to its health care market. More>>

White House plans order to expand health care options

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The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states. More>>

Bystander rape-prevention programs face questions

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A national wave of rape-prevention programs seeks to make people better bystanders, but they are facing hard questions and new concerns. More>>

Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for 'great' health law

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President Donald Trump is reaching out to Democrats to see if they "want to do a great HealthCare Bill" after Republicans have failed so far to fulfill their yearslong promise to repeal and replace the Obama health law. More>>

Correction: Genetic Frontiers-Blindness-Gene Therapy story Video included

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Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet Thursday to consider whether to recommend approval of a gene therapy aimed at restoring vision for some people with hereditary blindness. More>>

Life changes in a flash, other mass shootings survivors say

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Shooting rampage in Las Vegas triggered grim memories for survivors of previous massacres. More>>

Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

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Attorneys say an Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting a woman's access to medication abortion. More>>

FDA: Drug shortages possible due to Puerto Rico power outage

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FDA says drug shortages possible because of power outages in Puerto Rico after hurricane. More>>

UK court drops lawsuit against IVF clinic in forgery case

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Britain's High Court has dismissed a lawsuit against an IVF clinic by a man who says his ex-wife forged his signature to conceive a child using an egg fertilized with his sperm. More>>

Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

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In a one-two punch that elated social conservatives, the Trump administration is letting more employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control and issuing a religious-freedom directive that could weaken anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. More>>

Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

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Mental health concerns in Puerto Rico aftermath of Hurricane Maria. More>>

Spike in airborne radioactivity detected in Europe

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German officials say that a spike in radioactivity has been detected in the air in Western and Central Europe but there's no threat to human health. More>>

Gene therapy helps boys with 'Lorenzo's Oil' disease

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Experimental gene therapy seems to help boys with the inherited nerve disease featured in the movie "Lorenzo's Oil.". More>>

Study questions European approval process for cancer drugs

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Only about half of the cancer drug approvals by the European Medicines Agency in the last few years helped patients live longer or improved their lives, a study has found. More>>

UK rejects terminally ill man's request to be killed

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Britain's High Court has rejected a terminally ill man's request to be killed with medical help. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Adult caregivers overwhelmed and undertrained

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AP-NORC Poll: Adult caregivers looking after aging relatives and friends have little training for their stressful roles but still find the experience rewarding. More>>

Ex-Obama officials begin health insurance sign-up campaign

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Former Obama administration officials say they're starting a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Some injured in Vegas massacre didn't know they'd been shot

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Some of the people injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history didn't initially realize they had been shot. More>>

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