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Hospital, doctor face 3 new lawsuits over drug doses, deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three more wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients over several years. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) now face at least 19 lawsuits . Mount Carmel […]
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High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well […]
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US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity has inaugurated the first children’s cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The $3 million department, sponsored by Palestine Children Relief Fund, will help many children avoid the difficult journey of exiting the blockaded area for treatment in Israel and the West Bank, often without an […]
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Officials: Ohio has a hepatitis A outbreak, but it’s not new

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating around the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker. A statewide outbreak of hepatitis A was declared last summer. Department spokesman J.C. Benton said Monday that outbreak is […]
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Coal dust turns white snow black in Siberian town

MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels. The snow in the town of Prokopyevsk, darkened by coal dust, was featured in Sunday’s Russian state TV report. Black snow also has been seen in the nearby […]
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9/11 fund running out of money for those with illnesses

NEW YORK (AP) — The compensation fund for victims of 9/11 is running out of money and will cut future payments by 50 to 70 percent. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund special master Rupa Bhattacharyya announced the changes Friday and said she was “painfully aware of the inequity of the situation.” Nearly 40,000 people have […]
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Illinois Democrats propose expanded abortion access

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Democrats have introduced two measures that would expand abortion access in the state by removing a parental notification requirement and a ban on late-term abortions. The proposed legislation was filed Wednesday, The Chicago Tribune reported. One bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Emanuel Welch of Hillside would repeal the state’s parental […]
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Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a life-size bottle of their highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales representatives into getting patients on higher doses. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of […]
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Schools reopen in Dayton, Ohio, even if water isn’t yet safe

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Some 100,000 people in the Dayton, Ohio, area are waiting for word that they can use their water without boiling it. Crews located a water-line leak early Thursday under the Great Miami River, but high river levels have hindered repair work. There’s been no word on the break’s cause. Schools resumed […]
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Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor’s office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via telehealth links. […]
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Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor’s office. Health officials are generally pleased […]
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UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies. In a statement Thursday, the U.N. health […]
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Fentanyl deaths from ‘Mexican oxy’ pills hit Arizona hard

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico into the Southwest — a profitable new business for drug gangs that has pushed the synthetic […]
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Counseling urged to prevent depression in at-risk new moms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors already are supposed to screen new mothers for depression, to find those who need prompt care. Now they’re also being urged to identify women at risk — because counseling could prevent depression from setting in. Up to 1 in 7 women experience what’s called perinatal depression, depression during pregnancy or after […]
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Pharmacy officer leaves as hospital reviews excessive dosing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital’s chief pharmacy officer has left the job amid allegations that employees there ordered, approved and administered possibly fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients over several years. Mount Carmel Health System won’t say whether Janet Whittey’s Feb. 5 departure from Columbus’ Mount Carmel West was voluntary […]
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Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it cleared a final vote in the Republican-led Legislature, calling […]
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Pair who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood fight charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Planned Parenthood is making an unusual legal demand to join California’s criminal prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization. A judge in San Francisco will consider the issue Monday. Prosecutors also want to keep […]
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Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday. There […]
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Jury selection starts in $1B Florida Medicare fraud case

MIAMI (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a health care executive accused of defrauding Medicare of $1 billion, one of the nation’s biggest such cases. Jurors chosen beginning Monday will decide the fate of 50-year-old Philip Esformes, who operated a network of 30 nursing homes and assisted living facilities […]
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Judge critical of Mass. mental health services for children

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge has criticized Massachusetts for being too slow to provide mental health services to low-income children. The Boston Globe reports U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor in Springfield rebuked the state in an order Thursday and denied its request for those services to be removed from court oversight. The judge […]
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Coroners issue warnings following new opioid death spikes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties have issued drug abuse warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Dr. Anahi Ortiz (AN’-ih-hee ohr-TEEZ’) is coroner in Franklin County in central Ohio. She said Friday that the county which calls Columbus home had at […]
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Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

DALLAS (AP) — In a scenario playing out in more and more classrooms around the world, a Dallas teenager recently asked her classmate if anything was wrong, noting that she hadn’t been acting like herself. The brusque reply: “Just leave me alone.” The ninth-graders at the Uplift Hampton Preparatory school were role-playing as part of […]
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China reports new outbreak of African swine fever

BEIJING (AP) — China has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever that is threating the country’s vital pork industry. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported Friday the disease had been detected on a farm in Yongzhou in the central province of Hunan, where 4,600 pigs were being raised. Although just 171 […]
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Utah plan to cut Medicaid expansion by 50,000 nears passage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A plan to scale back a voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Utah won a key approval in the state Legislature on Friday despite protests that it reduces access to needed health care and thwarts voters’ wishes. The measure would insure about 50,000 fewer people under Medicaid, a change that would need […]
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FDA wants new meetings with Juul, Altria on teen vaping

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration is questioning whether electronic cigarette maker Juul and its new partner Altria are following through on pledges to help stop underage vaping. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday posted letters he sent to Juul and Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and other tobacco […]
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Arizona wants care unit where patient was raped to stay open

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is contesting a long-term care facility’s decision to shut down the unit where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth. State regulators in a letter Friday say Hacienda HealthCare’s contract does not allow it to close its intermediate care facility without written consent from the state. They say Hacienda’s […]
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APNewsBreak: White House says no ‘sabotage’ of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a word from Democrats, a new White House report says changes made to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump didn’t amount to “sabotage.” Due out Friday, the report from the Council of Economic Advisers says Obama-era subsidies that help low- and middle-income customers pay their premiums will keep […]
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Open up and say ‘ahh’: Trump getting annual medical exam

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is in for some poking and prodding as doctors assess whether his “incredibly good genes” continue to serve him well. Trump was traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington on Friday for a follow-up to his first annual medical checkup as president. His personal physician declared […]
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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights. The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have […]
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Giant heroin spoon art is moved again, to drugmaker’s gates

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker’s office to protest the opioid crisis. The Providence Journal reports that 48-year-old Domenic Esposito, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and a partner placed the nearly 11-foot-long, 800-pound (3-meter-long, 360-kilogram) spoon at the front gates of Rhodes Pharmaceuticals […]
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