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NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

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Blocks and screens: NFL players and coaches protecting skin in different ways on every given sun day. More>>

3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy

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Three scientists will share a $500,000 medical prize for their studies of the immune system that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases. More>>

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

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U.S. health officials revised rules for gene therapy experiments. More>>

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

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President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids in response to the nation's drug epidemic. More>>

Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more

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New way to track millions of genetic variations promises better forecasting of people's risk for heart attacks, four other disorders. More>>

US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

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US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen. More>>

Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

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Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province as experimental treatment begins. More>>

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

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Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states. More>>

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

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US study finds you're better off in the long run if you quit smoking, even if you gain weight. More>>

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

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Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures wages expensive battle with real estate industry over rent control in California. More>>

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

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Lawyers say a jury's $289 million award to a California man who claims Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave him cancer may open the floodgates for legions of people suffering because of the agribusiness giant. More>>

Mayo Clinic names head of Florida campus as new CEO

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Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy. More>>

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

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7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak; population sent fleeing. More>>

Physician convicted of improper prescribing gets 4 years

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A physician in Kentucky convicted of improperly prescribing drugs to patients who died of overdoses has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison. More>>

Japan queries all medical schools on gender discrimination

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The Japanese government is investigating whether other medical schools also discriminated against female applicants following revelations that one had done so for more than a decade. More>>

Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

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No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region. More>>

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

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The Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to stop sales of a widely used pesticide within two months. More>>

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading Video included

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Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been indicted on securities fraud charges. More>>

Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

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A San Francisco jury has awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed Monsanto's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer. More>>

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

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In a novel experiment, doctors started prescribing fewer opioids after getting a letter from the medical examiner telling them of their patient's fatal overdose. More>>

Report: Jump in deliveries involving moms hooked on opioids

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Health officials seeing jump in opioid-using pregnant women coming to hospitals. More>>

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms Video included

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A large study of first-time moms finds inducing labor rather than waiting avoids cesarean delivery for some. More>>

Huge Los Angeles gas leak leads to $120 million settlement

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A nearly $120 million settlement has been reached in litigation stemming from a leak at a Southern California storage field where a massive methane release forced thousands from their homes three years ago. More>>

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

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A judge has turned down a request to bar the public from a wildlife refuge in Colorado that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. More>>

Congo's latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

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Congo's latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says; multiple armed groups a threat. More>>

No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

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Large study of British teen soccer players finds in-depth heart screenings sometimes uncover athletes at risk of cardiac arrest _ but not always. More>>

Abortion activists vow to press fight despite Argentina loss

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Argentina's Senate has rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy _ an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis. More>>

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure could harm babies' brains. More>>

KFC incident with deaf woman leads to sensitivity training

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Management company of 270 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchises nationwide agrees to sensitivity training after incident in which a deaf woman said she felt she was mocked at a KFC in Mississippi. More>>

Famed California research center settles 2 gender bias suits

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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in Southern California has settled two of three gender discrimination lawsuits filed by top female scientists. More>>

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's latest deadly outbreak

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Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's latest deadly outbreak; regional armed groups a concern. More>>

Nevada death-row inmate on legal delays: 'Just get it done'

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A Nevada death-row inmate whose execution has twice been postponed said the legal fight over his fate is taking a tortuous toll on him and his family and he just wants his sentence carried out. More>>

China orders recall from overseas as vaccine scandal churns

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China's National Health Commission says investigators have begun recalling defective vaccines produced by drugmaker Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. from domestic and overseas markets. More>>

Study: 1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have problems

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Researchers say the one in seven children of U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem. More>>

Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

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Fluoride-free doesn't mean cavity-free, dental experts say. New study backs them up. More>>

Argentine Senate debates measure to legalize abortion

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Argentina's Senate has begun a session to decide on legalizing elective abortions _ an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis. More>>

Japan medical school confirms altering scores to limit women

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A Tokyo medical school has confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores for years to keep out female applicants and ensure more men became doctors. More>>

Patients who accepted infected kidneys cured of hepatitis C

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Kidneys infected with hepatitis C may help some U.S. patients skip the yearslong transplant waiting list. More>>

Cancer study of nuclear test site expected to finish in 2019

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The National Cancer Institute says its long-anticipated study into the cancer risks of New Mexico residents living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test likely will be published in 2019. More>>

Brazil rushes to thwart measles outbreak from Venezuelans

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Brazil's health ministry has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children from measles and poliomyelitis. More>>

Australian state reports its first case of superbug fungus

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An Australian state has reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. More>>

Singapore minister: Major cyberattack may be state-linked

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A cyberattack that breached 1.5 million health records in Singapore has been attributed to sophisticated cyber attackers who may be state-linked. More>>

Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

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Congo's health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola; vaccinations ready later this week. More>>

Romania reports 500 outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs

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Romanian authorities have reported more than 500 separate outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs, mainly in the Danube Delta and near the Hungarian border. More>>

Psychiatrist: Much is still hidden in theater shooter's mind

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A psychiatrist who spent hours with mass murderer James Holmes says what led Holmes to open fire in a Colorado movie theater was a vortex of his mental illness, personality and circumstances, along with other, unknown currents. More>>

'Hazardous' smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

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Yosemite National Park closes 12 days due to 'hazardous' smoke from California wildfires and will reopen Monday if conditions are safe. More>>

Hospital system pays $65M to settle Medicare billing claims

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One of the nation's largest hospital systems has agreed to pay $65 million to settle allegations of Medicare overbilling in California. More>>

Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo's latest outbreak

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Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in latest outbreak in northeast Congo, including 3 dead. More>>

Dems will try forcing Senate vote against Trump health plan

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Democrats will try forcing a campaign-season Senate vote on overturning President Donald Trump's rule allowing insurers to sell cheaper, skimpier coverage. More>>

Wisconsin man contracts rare blood infection from dog

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Surgeons have amputated the legs and hands of a Wisconsin man who contracted a rare blood infection most likely from a dog lick. More>>

Abortion-rights activists brace for new wave of restrictions

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Worried by the prospect of a reconfigured Supreme Court, abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to ensure access to abortion for women who might be affected by a new wave of bans and restrictions. More>>

Deal reached to clean land around 3 US plutonium reactors

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Some of the land in Washington state where the U.S. government created much of the plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal will be scrubbed of radiation under a final plan reached by U.S. Department of Energy and federal and state regulators. More>>

HHS names family planning grantees amid battle over program

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Health agency names family planning grantees amid debate over abortion referrals under the program. More>>

Reported med school discrimination sparks protests in Japan

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Japan's government has urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process after reports alleged it had altered the test scores of female applicants for years to ensure fewer women became doctors. More>>

Nevada GOP senator's health care views heat up tough race

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Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller's sliding positions last year on a long-held GOP promise to repeal Obamacare are providing plenty of fodder for Democrats hoping to stymie his re-election. More>>

Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths

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Brazil's Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela. More>>

WHO to know soon if new Congo Ebola outbreak can use vaccine

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WHO to know soon if vaccine can be used in Congo's new Ebola outbreak in violent region. More>>

USDA issues alert about salads, wraps due to parasite worry

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Federal authorities have issued a public health alert about more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products as a precaution due to possible parasite contamination. More>>

Tokyo medical school said to alter tests to keep out women

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A Tokyo medical school is investigating a reported allegation that it has discriminated against female applicants on grounds they tend to quit as doctors after starting families. More>>

Trump's short-term health plans are cheaper but cover less

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The Trump administration says it's clearing the way for health insurers to sell short-term plans as a low-cost alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. More>>

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  • Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

    Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:41:41 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-08-17 11:27:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Vogel). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Los Angeles on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018. Garcetti, who already has visited the important presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire, told ...(AP Photo/Richard Vogel). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Los Angeles on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018. Garcetti, who already has visited the important presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire, told ...
    AP Interview: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, says President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care...More >>
    AP Interview: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, says President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises.More >>
  • Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

    Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:14:31 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-08-17 11:26:32 GMT
    (The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts.  The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...(The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts. The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...
    A slain Colorado mother whose 2 young daughters were also killed painted a rosy picture of married life.More >>
    A slain Colorado mother whose 2 young daughters were also killed painted a rosy picture of married life.More >>
  • Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

    Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

    Thursday, August 16 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-08-16 21:23:07 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 6:18 AM EDT2018-08-17 10:18:44 GMT
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and...More >>
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians.More >>
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