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Teva settles with Oklahoma for $85 million in opioid case

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — One of the drugmakers named in Oklahoma’s lawsuit over the opioid crisis has agreed to a settlement in which it will pay the state $85 million. Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter both announced the settlement Sunday in separate statements. Teva, its related affiliates and Johnson & Johnson […]
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Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in each chamber. If they […]
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$2.1m Novartis gene therapy to become world's most expensive drug

US approves the one-time treatment for deadly spinal muscular atrophy in infantsSwiss drugmaker Novartis has received US approval for its spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy Zolgensma – pricing the one-time treatment at a record $2.125m.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Zolgensma for children under the age of two with SMA, including those not yet showing symptoms. The approval covers babies with the deadliest form of the inherited disease as well as those with types where debi...
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Health tax splits California amid need for Trump’s approval

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials. Senate and Assembly budget committees finished their versions of […]
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New Trump administration rule would roll back sex discrimination protection for transgender people in health services

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Trump administration rule would roll back sex discrimination protection for transgender people in health services.
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Sony CEO Will “Combat Video Game Addiction”

Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida mentioned in a recent interview that they are going to create countermeasures against video game addiction, mostly as a response to the World Health Organization attempting to formally recognize it as a disorder. Speaking to various news outlets, Kenichiro Yoshida had little to say on the subject: “We need to take […]
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Family of incapacitated woman who was raped blames Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center alleges in a $45 million legal claim that the facility and state broke their promise to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter. A nurse charged with sexually assaulting the 30-year-old patient […]
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GOP, Dems team up to address ‘surprise medical bills’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Republican and Democratic senators are proposing legislation to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Those are the shockingly high charges insured patients can get hit with when a hospital or doctor is not in their insurers’ network. The proposal Thursday from Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, and Patty Murray, […]
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US sanctions Argentina-based online pharmacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday designated the Argentina-based online pharmacy Goldpharma and eight Argentine citizens as significant foreign narcotics traffickers. The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a news release that Goldpharma sells illicit opioids to customers located in the United States through its nine entities located […]
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US lawmakers demand UN health agency change opioid guidance

Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of prescription opioids. They say the guidelines could lead other countries toward the same kind of addiction and overdose crisis that has plagued the U.S. in recent years. The […]
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Vermont attorney general sues owners of opioid manufacturer

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he’s filed suit against eight members of the family that owns the drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be partly responsible for the opioid crisis. Donovan alleged Tuesday that for over two decades the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue […]
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Tears and rage – the rise of the emotional release industry

When Ariana Grande cried on stage recently, following her performance of an emotionally laden song, she later took to Twitter to apologise and thanked her fans for accepting her humanness. Producing emotional tears is a uniquely human thing and yet, for many, our first reaction to crying is to apologise.Public displays of crying and emotional release, especially of emotions deemed as unattractive like being upset or angry, remain taboo. This is because there are socially accepted rules that gove...
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California regulators not taking action against care homes

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties. “There’s no accountability,” said Hina Shah, an associate law professor at Golden Gate University who directs the Women’s […]
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Walmart charts new course by steering workers to high-quality imaging centers

The retail giant is believed to be the first to prod workers to use specific imaging providers based on diagnostic accuracy - not price, said employer health experts.
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Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — A small town in Oklahoma is warning communities about the Trump administration’s environmental policies. Residents of Bokoshe (bo-KOSH-eee) have been worried for years about coal-ash contamination from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near the community southeast of Tulsa. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only […]
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Judge orders FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing the health effects of e-cigarettes. The ruling handed down Wednesday says the agency abdicated its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S. vaping products by several years. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other […]
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Jury awards $2b to California couple who say Bayer's Roundup weedkiller gave them cancer

Back in 2018, evil got a shot in the arm when Nazi collaborators Bayer were allowed to buy Big Ag monopolists Monsanto, celebrating the marriage by getting rid of the Monsanto name (on the grounds that Monsanto's tactics had tarnished their reputation even worse than Bayer's use of concentration camp slaves and fatal medical experiments on Jews and others imprisoned by the Nazis, to say nothing of their notorious product Zyklon B). Monsanto's flagship product is Roundup (glyphosate), a wee...
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Kat Cressida, a busy voice actress who almost lost that voice to cancer, has truly lived to tell

Kat Cressida has a lot to tell you. That’s appropriate, considering her accomplished career as a voice actor. Among her many animated characters are Dee Dee from “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Toy Story’s” cowgirl Jessie. She’s matched what Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and other famous voices sound like when the real things aren’t available. Cressida’s talked us through ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Super Bowl and NFL Draft specials. Voice over actress Kat Cressida at Rocket Sound North in No...
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Fraudster who used ice cream to lure seniors is sentenced

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who defrauded Medicare by using the promise of ice cream to lure senior citizens into genetic testing was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison. Seth Rehfuss had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. U.S. District Judge Ann Thompson […]
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Amazon told to stop selling kids' school supplies that contain over 80 times the legal limit of lead

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Amazon has committed to nationwide corporate reforms after the investigation led by his office found dozens of children’s school supplies sold on Amazon had illegal levels of toxic metals lead and cadmium. The office of the Washington state AG says children’s school supplies and jewelry found to exceed the legal limits of these toxic metals include pencil pouches, backpacks, lunchboxes, book covers, plus bracelets and necklaces designed for kids. ...
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Weaker-than-expected marijuana sales ding California budget

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal marijuana market. State budget documents released Thursday show the Newsom administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 — in all, a $223 million cut from projections just four months […]
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House votes to block Trump’s eased health coverage rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration would be blocked from easing coverage rules required by President Barack Obama’s health care law under legislation Democrats pushed through the House on Thursday as the two parties rejoined a battle that roiled last year’s congressional elections. Under guidance the administration issued last year, states could allow insurers to […]
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Trump backs Fla. plan to import lower-cost meds from abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move sure to get attention in a 2020 battleground state, President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that his administration may approve a Florida plan to import lower-cost prescription drugs from abroad for use by residents. It’s the latest flashpoint in a confrontation between the Trump administration and the pharmaceutical industry, which […]
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Drugmaker will donate meds for US push to end HIV epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department says a major drugmaker has agreed to donate medications that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year in support of the government’s plan to end the epidemic in the U.S. The pledge by California-based Gilead Sciences may last up to […]
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Sticker shock: Trump taking aim at ‘surprise medical bills’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin a push Thursday to fight health care sticker shock by limiting “surprise medical bills,” the unexpected charges faced by insured patients when a member of a health care team that treated them is considered an out-of-network provider. Senior administration officials told The Associated Press the Republican president […]
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Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The smoke hasn’t cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales.  The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it’s ready to snuff out most sales when it meets again on May […]
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Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victims

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma cast blame on victims of the opioid epidemic in nearly 20-year-old emails that have been made public in a lawsuit brought by Connecticut’s attorney general. The lawsuit says Richard Sackler wrote to an acquaintance in 2001, “Abusers aren’t victims; they are the […]
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French telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides

PARIS (AP) — French telecom giant Orange and seven former or current managers are going on trial accused of moral harassment over a wave of employee suicides a decade ago. France’s main phone and internet company saw 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression among employees from 2007-2010. The company, then […]
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From vaccines to sex ed and clean energy to plastic straws: Read this list of bills that lived and died in Olympia

This legislative session, Democrats passed a new $52.4 billion two-year state operating budget, funded by a revenue package of more than $830 million in new or higher taxes, and approved a slew of policy bills. But along the way, other proposals stalled.
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Instagram wants to hide how many “likes” posts earn. Here’s why.

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri recently outlined an experiment designed to see how users like using Instagram without the ability to see how many "likes" posts receive.Research shows that such metrics can lead to social comparison, which can affect self-esteem, depression and anxiety.What's unclear is how Instagram might change its platform if it finds out users overwhelmingly prefer invisible "likes", but also that the change hurts profits. None If you're using Instagram in Canada and notice t...
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