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Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy

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Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care, and substance abuse treatment. More>>

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

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The long-promised GOP health bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is on the brink, short of votes just hours before Republican leaders plan to put it on the House floor. More>>

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers

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Some of the youngest victims of the nation's opioid epidemic are children under age 5 who die after swallowing opioids. More>>

Less-educated middle-age US whites dying younger than others

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Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found. More>>

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown Video included

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President Donald Trump and House leaders are intensifying pressure on conservatives and other Republicans as crunch time approaches on their health care bill. More>>

Steady fall in suicides offers glimmer of hope in Japan

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Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a glimmer of hope in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates. More>>

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

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A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Massachusetts pharmacy co-founder over a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened 700 others in 2012. More>>

After surgery, Georgia senator could miss crucial votes

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Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson is at home recuperating from back surgery, and that means Republican leaders may have to muster the votes to overhaul the 2010 health care law without him. More>>

FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has received reports of 9 deaths and more than 350 cases of a rare cancer linked to breast implants. More>>

Retirement dreams fizzle for some with 'Obamacare' repeal

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Workers dreaming of early retirement are getting the jitters as Washington debates replacing the Obama-era health care law with a system that could be a lot more expensive for many older Americans. More>>

Hope flows into Indian village in the form of clean water

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Schoolchildren cheered as a gush of clean water flowed through gleaming taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty Indian village. More>>

Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate Video included

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President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol. More>>

Baby born with extra legs thriving after surgery Video included

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Doctors say a baby girl from Africa who's recovering from a risky surgery at a suburban Chicago hospital should now be able to lead a normal life. More>>

OxyContin maker asks judge to toss case brought by city

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The maker of the pain medication OxyContin has asked a federal judge in Seattle to throw out a Washington city's lawsuit that seeks to hold the drugmaker responsible for allowing its pills to flood the black market and into Everett. More>>

FDA OKs new drug as add-on treatment for Parkinson's

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug in a decade for Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claim of fleeing doctors rings false

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President Donald Trump contends doctors are fleeing the medical profession because of "Obamacare," but an AP Fact Check finds that dire claim is not supported by the data. More>>

Dallas woman on trial in silicone injection death of client

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Prosecutors say a salon worker charged with murder injected clients' buttocks with industrial-grade silicone as part of illegal cosmetic procedures. More>>

Gorsuch, students defend his questions about women at work Video included

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says he taught his law school students about inappropriate questions from prospective employers, contradicting a student who accused him of showing a lack of respect for working women during a classroom discussion. More>>

AP Interview: McConnell rejects Trump's foreign aid cuts Video included

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AP Interview: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation facing a vote in the House. More>>

Patients' reports may aid prostate cancer treatment choice

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Men with early-stage prostate cancer face a quandary over which treatment to choose, but two new studies on side effects may make those decisions a bit easier. More>>

AP Explains: How GOP health care plan would turn into law

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AP Explains: GOP health plan would travel a complicated path on its way to becoming law. More>>

Trump urges support for health care plan so he can move on

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President Donald Trump is trying to give the teetering Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare a new sense of urgency by saying he'd like to get it over with and move on to his preferred agenda items. More>>

GOP leaders propose health bill changes to help older people Video included

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Top House Republicans hunting votes for their health care overhaul are proposing amendments aimed at providing more help for older people. More>>

Use of genetically modified mosquitoes considered in Houston

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Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus. More>>

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls Video included

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A new global happiness report finds that money doesn't quite buy happiness as Norway vaults to No. 1 and the United States keeps falling down in the rankings. More>>

2 kids burned by drink at buffet are released from hospital

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Officials say two children severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice at a Chinese buffet have been released from a Pennsylvania hospital. More>>

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls Video included

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A new global happiness report finds that money doesn't quite buy happiness as Norway vaults to No. 1 and the United States keeps falling down in rankings. More>>

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan. More>>

2 schools named after eugenics advocates to get new names

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School officials in Palo Alto have unanimously voted to rename two middle schools that bear the names of leaders in the eugenics movement. More>>

Airline pilot, wife died from apparent fentanyl OD's in Ohio

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Family members say an Ohio woman found dead along with her airline pilot husband from apparent fentanyl overdoses had long batted drug problems. More>>

Governor: Funding sought for East Chicago water filters

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is working on finding funding for water filters in East Chicago homes dealing with lead contamination. More>>

Small Brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever

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Small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one many from yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases. More>>

Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do live reading of 'Juno'

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Ellen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in "Juno" during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood. More>>

Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story

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Republicans are pulling in different directions as they strive to get traction for a health care overhaul in danger of being dragged down by intra-party differences. More>>

Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

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The House Republican health care bill has competition from another GOP group, governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. More>>

How do insurers decide what medicines to pay for?

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How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Fukushima radiation not cause for alarm in US

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Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan has reached North American shores, but _ despite a number of reports shared on social media _ scientists say the levels of radiation are so low that it poses no risk to public health. More>>

Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts

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New research finds a group of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon has some of the healthiest hearts. More>>

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

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A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study. More>>

Health bill short of votes, GOP leaders look to Trump Video included

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The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising their health care overhaul. More>>

California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage

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California authorities have proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinkage of the state's largest lake. More>>

Brazil yellow fever cases pass 400; more than 130 dead

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Brazil's Health Ministry says 424 people have been infected with yellow fever in the largest outbreak the country has seen in decades. More>>

UN imposes controls on chemicals used to make fentanyl

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The U.N.'s Commission on Narcotic Drugs has imposed controls on the production, sale and exports of some substances used for illicit manufacture of a deadly opioid that kills thousands a year in America. More>>

Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

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Health officials say elderly Americans are suffering brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates. More>>

Meningitis outbreak: Murder or public health tragedy?

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Jurors are set to hear closing arguments in the trial of a former pharmacy executive charged in a deadly national meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids made by the New England Compounding Center. More>>

High stakes for Trump on GOP health care bill Video included

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President Donald Trump knows he'll be judged on whether he can help repeal the so-called "Obamacare" law and replace it with something new. More>>

UK grants 1st license to make babies using DNA from 3 people

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Britain's Newcastle University says their scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people, the first time such approval has been granted. More>>

Doctors say unproven stem cell treatment blinded 3 women

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Doctors say three women were rendered legally blind by an unproven stem-cell treatment at a private clinic, in a dramatic illustration of how dangerous such clinics can be. More>>

GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments Video included

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State officials say the Republican health care overhaul working its way through Congress could leave them with a tough decision: Find a way to pay for federal cutbacks or see coverage dropped for millions of Americans. More>>

Pain doctor accused of overprescribing opioids pleads guilty

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A pain management doctor who federal prosecutors say prescribed opioids to drug abusers is due in court for a change-of-plea hearing. More>>

Egypt: 2,262 children fell ill in suspected food poisoning

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In Egypt, over 2,200 schoolchildren admitted to hospital in suspected mass food poisoning. More>>

Ryan's gambit: Second health care bill to woo the reluctant Video included

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House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing "Obamacare," a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits. More>>

Facing defiance, GOP leaders press ahead on health bill Video included

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Critics of the Republican health care bill have gotten fresh ammunition from budget office findings that 14 million would lose coverage in the legislation's first year. More>>

At a glance: Insurance coverage for hearing loss is spotty

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Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical problem in the US, but insurance coverage is spotty. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Both sides loose with facts in health debate Video included

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President Donald Trump told Americans he'd do it all on health care: "insurance for everybody," better coverage and lower consumer costs. More>>

Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike that saw deaths

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Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike as government signs agreement. More>>

AP Interview: US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

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The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official is hailing a pending U.N. move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledges it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. More>>

AP Explains: CBO is obscure but respected budget scorekeeper

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AP Explains: Obscure but respected, the Congressional Budget Office can rankle Republicans and Democrats alike with its independent analyses of government spending. More>>

City alleges drugmaker let OxyContin flood black market Video included

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Everett is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market in Everett. More>>

How well can you hear in a noisy background? Try it here

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Here's a chance to test your hearing in noise. More>>

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought

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Recent research says loud noise may damage our hearing in a way that does not show up in standard hearing tests. More>>

Get by without Planned Parenthood? One Texas effort stumbles

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The Republican health care bill that defunds Planned Parenthood has conservatives trying to reassure women that other clinics will step up to fill the gap. More>>

Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill Video included

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Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis. More>>

CDC: Don't donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika

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U.S. health officials say men from three Florida counties shouldn't donate sperm because of the risk of spreading Zika. More>>

FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

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U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. More>>

Cystic fibrosis patients surviving longer in Canada than US

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Cystic fibrosis patients are living longer than ever, but new research shows Canadians have about a 10-year survival advantage over Americans with the same genetic disease. More>>

Some parts of 'Obamacare' are working fairly well

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Despite cries for repeal, some parts of 'Obamacare' are working fairly well. More>>

GOP looking to avoid lengthy health care debate Dems faced Video included

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Democrats considering President Barack Obama's health plan allowed plenty of time for public opposition to boil over. More>>

Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan Video included

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Health Secretary Tom Price says he "firmly" believes that "nobody will be worse off financially" under the health care overhaul the Trump administration and congressional Republicans envision replacing President Barack Obama's law. More>>

Pence appeals for complete GOP support for health overhaul Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence is set to rally support in Kentucky for a White House-backed health care overhaul. More>>

Rio state to vaccinate population against yellow fever

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Rio de Janeiro state plans to vaccinate its entire population against yellow fever as a precaution amid Brazil's largest outbreak of the disease in years. More>>

2 critically ill in San Francisco after drinking toxic tea

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Two people are critically sick in San Francisco after drinking tea from the same Chinatown herbalist. More>>

Measles outbreak in Romania causes 17 deaths

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Romania's health minister says more than 3,000 people have caught measles in an ongoing outbreak in the country, which has claimed 17 lives. More>>

Woman resigned to being plump learns she had 140-pound tumor

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A woman who resigned herself to being plump despite dieting has found the real reason for her weight troubles: She had a 140-pound tumor. More>>

House GOP health bill would cut women's services Video included

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Women seeking abortions and some basic services would face restrictions and have a tough time paying for some of that medical care under the Republicans' proposed health bill. More>>

Rookie docs can work longer, 24-hour shifts under new rules

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Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new extended limits to take effect this summer. More>>

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law Video included

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Republicans must navigate a long and complicated path to turn their health care proposal from legislation to law. More>>

GOP health bill would cut CDC's $1B disease fighting fund Video included

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A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would eliminate a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency. More>>

APNewsBreak: Illinois official's pay was tied to health fund

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's new deputy governor is scheduled to receive half of her pay out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state's budget crisis. More>>

Employee health fund tapped for Illinois official's salary

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's new deputy governor is scheduled to receive half of her pay out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state's budget crisis. More>>

US surgeons remove 6-pound tumor from Gambian girl's mouth

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A 12-year-old girl from the West African nation of Gambia is expected to leave the United States next week after surgeons successfully removed a 6-pound tumor from her mouth. More>>

The Latest: Pence: current health care law bad for business

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A political group tied to House Republican leaders is running TV ads to pressure conservative lawmakers on health care. More>>

Doctors tie Zika virus to heart problems in some adults

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For the first time, doctors have tied infection with the Zika virus to possible new heart problems in adults. More>>

Doctors: Radiation not biggest impact on Fukushima health

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The 185 cases of thyroid cancer found in youngsters in the Japanese region hit by the 2011 nuclear disaster cannot be linked to radiation, doctors say, and it is not the biggest cause of residents' health problems. More>>

A look at the opposing sides on the GOP health care bill

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A look at the opposing sides in the Republican health care bill. More>>

Industry groups oppose GOP health bill, Ryan seeks unity Video included

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Facing strong objections from across the political spectrum, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with their health care overhaul. More>>

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    The ACA's "essential benefits" include emergency services, maternity care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, prescription drugs, diagnostic tests, preventive services and pediatric care.

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