Health

June 01, 2017 - 1:44 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's lieutenant governor revealed Thursday that her two sons have struggled with opioid addiction, adding her family to the thousands known to be affected by the nation's prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic. "Like many Ohioans, my family is struggling with addiction...
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In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, photo Massachusetts State Police K-9, Maximus, searches a car for drugs with Trooper Brian Bonia, left, during a training session in Revere, Mass. During drug raids, police dogs literally follow their noses to sniff out narcotics, but now the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl could be deadly to the K-9s. Police have a new strategy for protecting their four-legged partners, by carrying Naloxone for their dog, the same drug to reverse heroin overdoses in humans. At right is Mass. State Trooper Brian Cooper. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 01, 2017 - 1:12 am
BOSTON (AP) — Police have started carrying new protection for their K-9 partners: naloxone (nuh-LAHX'-ohn), a drug that has long been used to reverse opioid overdoses in humans. Even a tiny amount of powdered fentanyl can sicken both police officers and dogs who sniff out drugs during raids. Three...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin in Edmond, Okla. A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017 traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today's opioid epidemic by helping to convince doctors that these powerful painkillers carried less risk of addiction than they actually do. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
May 31, 2017 - 5:37 pm
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had been wary of opioids, fearing patients would get...
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State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, accompanied by members of the California Nurses Association, discusses his single-payer health care bill at a Capitol news conference, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 31, 2017 - 5:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all of the state's residents could be paid for with a sales tax hike and a new tax on business revenue, according to a report released Wednesday. The report said those...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lowering expectations, Iowa’s two Republican senators say the long-promised repeal of “Obamacare” is unlikely, and any final agreement with the Republican-controlled House is uncertain. The comments May 30, by Sens. Grassley and Joni Ernst come as the Republican-controlled Senate moves forward on its work to dismantle the 2010 health care bill while facing conflicting demands within their own party and lockstep Democratic opposition. Both senators are active players in the health care debate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 31, 2017 - 3:29 am
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa Republican senators say the long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" is unlikely, and any final agreement with the Republican-controlled House is uncertain. The comments Tuesday by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst come as the Republican-controlled Senate moves forward on...
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This image provided by Medicare.gov shows a generic Medicare card. The government says it’s on track to meet a 2019 deadline for replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated digits and letters to protect seniors against identity theft. (Medicare.gov via AP)
May 30, 2017 - 2:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Old Medicare cards will be going in the shredder. Officials said Tuesday the government is on track to meet a 2019 deadline for replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with randomly generated digits and letters to protect seniors against identity theft. Planning for...
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May 30, 2017 - 2:37 pm
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Police in Lithuania say more than 25,000 private photos — including nude pictures — and other personal data have been made public following the hacking of a chain of plastic surgery clinics. Police says a hacking group called Tsar Team — which broke into the servers of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
May 30, 2017 - 4:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, R-Ky., must...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. The World Health Organization said in a statement released Friday that the three cases that India reported to the WHO on May 15 were detected through routine blood surveillance in a hospital in Ahmadabad, Gujarat's capital. Two cases were detected in February and November last year, while a third case was detected in January this year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
May 28, 2017 - 5:21 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has reported its first three cases of the Zika virus, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. Health Ministry officials said Sunday that the three patients in western Gujarat state had recovered. "There is no need to panic," Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a top...
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May 28, 2017 - 3:49 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. Health Ministry officials said Sunday that the three patients in western Gujarat state had recovered. "There is no need to panic," Dr. Soumya Swaminathan...
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