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First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved

3 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder. 2016-04-29T13:55:00-04:00 2016-04-29T17:55:19-04:00

Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak

3 hours 26 min ago
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory. 2016-04-29T09:52:00-04:00 2016-04-29T13:52:14-04:00

First widely available Zika test OK'd for emergency use

3 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week. 2016-04-29T10:52:00-04:00 2016-04-29T14:52:54-04:00

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

3 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents. 2016-04-29T10:51:00-04:00 2016-04-29T14:51:08-04:00

New York governor: Give Medicaid to inmates before release

3 hours 26 min ago
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor is seeking federal approval to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates who face serious health challenges immediately before they're released from prison. 2016-04-29T08:37:00-04:00 2016-04-29T12:37:39-04:00

Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination

3 hours 26 min ago
The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat. 2016-04-29T05:22:00-04:00 2016-04-29T09:22:14-04:00

Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

3 hours 26 min ago
MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank. 2016-04-29T05:37:00-04:00 2016-04-29T09:37:34-04:00

Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs

3 hours 26 min ago
HONOLULU (AP) — State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services. 2016-04-28T16:42:00-04:00 2016-04-28T20:42:51-04:00

Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does it stand?

3 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months, and there's no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety. 2016-04-28T02:36:00-04:00 2016-04-28T06:36:08-04:00

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law

3 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama's health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions. 2016-04-28T08:37:00-04:00 2016-04-28T12:37:01-04:00

GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:10am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found. 2016-04-28T16:51:00-04:00 2016-04-28T20:51:30-04:00

Death raises questions: Did Prince die of an overdose?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:10am
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince's final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It's possible the innovative musician's demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America. 2016-04-29T03:32:00-04:00 2016-04-29T07:32:13-04:00

CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:10am
NEW YORK (AP) — Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens. 2016-04-28T10:12:00-04:00 2016-04-28T14:12:55-04:00

Hawaii reaches milestone in fighting dengue fever outbreak

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 7:10am
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials say they have reached a milestone in controlling the state's dengue fever outbreak now that 30 days have passed since the last known infected person was contagious. 2016-04-27T17:50:00-04:00 2016-04-27T21:50:01-04:00

Anthem voices optimism on ACA exchange growth prospects

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 7:10am
Health insurer Anthem aims to pull a small profit this year from the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, and its CEO said Wednesday he's "really glad" to be serving nearly 1 million people in this still-developing market. 2016-04-27T09:59:00-04:00 2016-04-27T13:59:15-04:00

Artificial limbs offer Syrians new chances at life

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:10am
REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — Every time 3-year-old Seif wears his new prosthetic legs, the toddler puts up a fight. He has already made peace with walking on his stumps, but there is no dodging his daily rehabilitation session at a prosthetic clinic in southern Turkey. 2016-04-27T03:42:00-04:00 2016-04-27T07:42:19-04:00

Activists pack license hearing for Ohio abortion clinic

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:10am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing to determine the fate of an Ohio abortion clinic's license on Tuesday as the facility's operators argued they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state. 2016-04-26T22:07:00-04:00 2016-04-27T02:07:13-04:00

Lawmakers blast Valeant for price-gouging tactics

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics. 2016-04-27T15:42:00-04:00 2016-04-27T19:42:11-04:00

House panel approves bipartisan drug-abuse legislation

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers. 2016-04-27T09:16:00-04:00 2016-04-27T13:16:32-04:00

Advocates hold NYC protest over price of pneumonia vaccine

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:10pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors Without Borders protested the price of pneumonia vaccines Wednesday by leading a march through midtown Manhattan and delivering a crib filled with flowers to a pharmaceutical company. 2016-04-27T13:17:00-04:00 2016-04-27T17:17:25-04:00
 

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