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Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches Video included

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A new technique that relies on genetics is revolutionizing food poisoning investigation and identifying common causes in scattered and seemingly unrelated illnesses. More>>

Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks

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Cheap, portable test may help identify people susceptible to disease outbreaks in refugee camps, other remote locations. More>>

Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online

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Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online and make electronic medical records more readily available to patients. More>>

After a death, how much can 'broken heart' hurt survivors?

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Former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife Barbara's funeral has raised questions about whether stress or a broken heart played a role. More>>

Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

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Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients. More>>

Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand called Juul after months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. More>>

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

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Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone. More>>

His nomination in peril, Jackson fights for VA post

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Senators discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. More>>

Juul maker to invest $30M to combat underage vaping

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The maker of the much-debated e-cigarette brand Juul says it will spend $30 million to try to keep its products from underage users. More>>

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases

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U.S. health officials say the E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states. More>>

First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to slow kidney function decline in patients with kidney-damaging genetic disease. More>>

Parents of sick toddler Alfie Evans lose UK court appeal

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The mother of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis says the child is "struggling" and needs immediate intervention if he is to survive much longer. More>>

The Latest: Trump urges VA nominee to keep fighting

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The White House is standing behind Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs secretary amid growing questions about his qualifications. More>>

Veteran who survived blast receives unusual penis transplant

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Doctors at a Baltimore hospital have performed the most extensive penis transplant to date, this one also involving the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. More>>

Legislative hearing on aid-in-dying bill attracts big crowds

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A legislative hearing on a proposal to authorize people with terminal illness to request life-ending medication from their physician has attracted hundreds of people on both sides of the contentious issue. More>>

UK judge rejects bid to take sick toddler Alfie Evans abroad

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The father of a terminally ill British toddler says the child is surviving after being taken off life support, surprising doctors who had argued he should be allowed to die. More>>

CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

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The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other recent past directors. More>>

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

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The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. More>>

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

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The World Health Organization says it has helped ship an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who caught the potentially deadly disease in an accident earlier this month. More>>

It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

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Now it's Washington's turn to examine White House physician Ronny Jackson. The doctor to Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Donald Trump is an Iraq War veteran nominated to head the Veterans Affairs Department. More>>

Tisch Fund gives $10 million for arts-mental health

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The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has pledged $10 million to fund arts programs focused on mental health issues in New York City. More>>

European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case from a British mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support. More>>

UK Supreme Court declines appeal from parents of ill toddler

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Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear appeal by parents who want to take terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment. More>>

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

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Officials in Republican-dominant states are pushing legislation ahead of midterm elections that would punish both doctors and patients for abortions. More>>

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

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The World Health Organization says that the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way" and mostly given to people previously infected with the disease. More>>

'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery

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Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer. More>>

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

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US panel says a medicine made from the marijuana plant should be approved to treat severe epileptic seizures in children. More>>

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

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New data show that prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. had their biggest drop in 25 years in 2017. More>>

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile Video included

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A prominent biomedical ethics expert predicts that in 20 to 40 years, many parents will choose babies from dozens of embryos, after examining DNA information on each. More>>

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

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Study suggests warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve organ transplants. More>>

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

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Married patients with melanoma are slightly more likely to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than unmarried patients. More>>

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

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In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient _ who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. More>>

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety

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US health officials propose steps to improve the government's oversight of medical devices. More>>

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

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A key Democratic senator says President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency. More>>

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

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Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma. More>>

Marijuana-based drug gets positive review from US agency

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Federal health officials say a closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant significantly reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the U.S. More>>

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

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New research suggests that many more lung cancer patients may benefit from treatments that boost the immune system, which have scored some of their biggest wins until now in less common cancer types. More>>

Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

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Overdoses are fueling organ donations and new study offers reassurance that they can be an appropriate option for some transplant candidates. More>>

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

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Building on Obama-era policy, Trump administration sees medication-based treatment as key to lowering overdose deaths from opioids. More>>

Citing opioid crisis, feds seek rule change for drugmakers

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Drugmakers would be required to identify the legitimate need for controlled substances to justify their production under a proposed rule intended to rein in the diversion of drugs for illicit purposes. More>>

Counterfeit cosmetics seized in LA contained lead, feces

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Los Angeles police say $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized from vendors in downtown's fashion district have tested positive for bacteria, lead and traces of animal feces. More>>

UK court rules against parents who want treatment for son

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Britain's Court of Appeal has ruled against the parents of a terminally ill toddler who are seeking permission to take him to Italy for medical treatment. More>>

$1 million federal grant will help study of transgender kids

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Groundbreaking national study of transgender children, including some as young as 3, is poised to expand thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation to the professor leading the project. More>>

Radioactive sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

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Federal officials say a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an eastern Idaho nuclear site but there are no injuries and the public is not in danger. More>>

Hundreds of Romanian health workers protest wage cuts

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Hundreds of Romanian health workers protest pay cuts following government promises to hike salaries in the health sector amid a general tax and wage overhaul. More>>

Fish oil capsules don't help dry eye symptoms, study finds

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Many doctors recommend them, but fish oil supplements failed to help people with dry eye when put to a scientific test. More>>

Russians protest garbage dumps blighting Moscow region

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Large protests have taken place in nine cities and towns in the Moscow region over pollution from landfills and against plans to build a garbage incinerator. More>>

Estonia offers free genetic testing in nationwide experiment

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Estonia offers residents free genetic profiling, DNA tests in a trial scheme aimed minimizing risk for diseases and boosting healthier life. More>>

Canadian pharmacy fined $34 million for illegal imports

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A Canadian online pharmacy is expected to be fined $34 million for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States. More>>

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

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Large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day. More>>

Brazil yellow fever vaccination campaign far short of goal

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Brazil's Health Ministry says its yellow fever vaccination campaign is significantly short of its goal and that 10 million people still need to be immunized. More>>

The Latest: Radioactive material washed off 3 firefighters

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U.S. officials say the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site might not be the last because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes knowing the exact contents of similar barrels difficult. More>>

Vatican: Parents, hospital must talk in UK sick toddler case

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The head of the Vatican's bioethics think tank says he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British child whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care. More>>

New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner

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Scientists propose new way to define Alzheimer's disease using biological signs, such as brain changes, not just memory loss and other symptoms. More>>

Policy on bullying eyed after 12-year-old hangs himself

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More than a month has passed since a 12-year-old boy hanged himself in his father's garage after being bullied at school in Mississippi. Now experts say his school's policy lacks written consequences for bullies or support for victims. More>>

Navajo Nation latest to sue over opioid epidemic in US

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Navajo Nation latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused opioid crisis. More>>

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

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An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving. More>>

Workers' radiation exposure halts nuke plant demolition

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Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal. More>>

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month

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A new study finds that Zika's risk of sexual transmission appears to end in one month, quicker than health officials thought. More>>

Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana

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Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization. More>>

Number, severity of brain injuries raises dementia risk

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A large study is adding to evidence of a link between traumatic brain injuries and dementia later in life. More>>

Company: Storage tank didn't cause fertility clinic failure

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A Michigan company that supplied an Ohio fertility clinic's storage tank says its equipment didn't malfunction or cause the loss of more than 4,000 eggs and embryos in early March and blames the failure on human error. More>>

Fake pot likely tainted with rat poison kills 3, sickens 100

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Fake marijuana likely tainted with rat poison kills 3 people in Illinois, sickens more than 100. More>>

Ohio court to decide if ex-player can sue over concussions

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide whether the widow of a former University of Notre Dame football player can sue the school and the NCAA over allegations her husband was disabled by concussions from his college career in the 1970s. More>>

California offshore oil firms hit with nearly 400 violations

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An environmental group says oil and gas companies drilling off the coast of Southern California violated state regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years. More>>

Abortion objectors may get a pass on health law penalty

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Trump administration expands exemptions from health coverage penalty _ including one for people who object to abortions. More>>

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    Tears flow as victims of Waffle House shooting remembered

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:12:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Waffle House employee Stan Brudnicki wears a ribbon on his uniform to honor shooting victims Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The restaurant re-opened Wednesday after four people were killed by a gunman Sunday.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Waffle House employee Stan Brudnicki wears a ribbon on his uniform to honor shooting victims Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The restaurant re-opened Wednesday after four people were killed by a gunman Sunday.
    A Nashville community has rallied to support the victims of a weekend shooting at a Waffle House by stopping by to get a meal after the restaurant re-opened.More >>
    A Nashville community has rallied to support the victims of a weekend shooting at a Waffle House by stopping by to get a meal after the restaurant re-opened.More >>
  • Q&A: Why Colorado, Arizona teachers are walking off the job

    Q&A: Why Colorado, Arizona teachers are walking off the job

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:12:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt York). Teachers from Highland Arts Elementary School stage a final walk-in Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. Communities and school districts are preparing for a historic statewide teacher walkout on Thursday that could keep hund...(AP Photo/Matt York). Teachers from Highland Arts Elementary School stage a final walk-in Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. Communities and school districts are preparing for a historic statewide teacher walkout on Thursday that could keep hund...
    Tens of thousands of schoolteachers are walking off the job in Colorado and Arizona, though their demands and state laws on walkouts differ.More >>
    Tens of thousands of schoolteachers are walking off the job in Colorado and Arizona, though their demands and state laws on walkouts differ.More >>
  • MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

    MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:12:14 GMT
    (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP). This April 24, 2018 aerial photo shows construction progress on the MGM Casino complex in downtown Springfield, Mass., which is on track to open in August, a few weeks ahead of schedule. MGM Resorts Internationa...(Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP). This April 24, 2018 aerial photo shows construction progress on the MGM Casino complex in downtown Springfield, Mass., which is on track to open in August, a few weeks ahead of schedule. MGM Resorts Internationa...
    MGM is planning to open its $960 million Massachusetts casino earlier than expected.More >>
    MGM is planning to open its $960 million Massachusetts casino earlier than expected.More >>
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