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  • A third of US adults say they or someone they know has used fertility treatments

    More than a million babies have been born with fertility treatmens, Pew research study found.

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  • US judge throws out suit over health subsidy cuts

    A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies. The ruling by Judge Vince Chhabria on Wednesday came after California and other states that sued said a workaround was largely succeeding in protecting...

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  • WATCH: World's 1st test-tube baby celebrates 40th birthday

    Louise Joy Brown said she's proud to be the first baby born via IVF.

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  • New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

    Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday. Milk, 100 percent fruit juices, water, and flavored or sparkling water without added sweeteners must now be the...

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  • Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

    Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says the state's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules it adopted last week for medical marijuana. In a letter Wednesday to Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates, Hunter specifically cites last-minute...

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  • Japan OKs 1st anti-smoking law seen as lax and partial

    Japan has approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for...

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  • Destiny's Child singer Williams seeks mental health help

    Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams says she's seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years. Williams said in an Instagram post Tuesday that she has "sought help from a great team of health care professionals." She gave no specifics on her treatment, and a...

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  • Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

    Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care. Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit in...

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  • States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

    California and 17 other states that sued the Trump administration over its decision to cut off Affordable Care Act subsidies say a workaround has largely succeeded. The assessment came in a court filing late Monday in which the states asked U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria to put their lawsuit on...

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  • Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

    The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of it being allowed to stand. Some Democrats are...

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  • Mom blames teen's death on packaging for peanut cookies

    A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies. In a July 12 Facebook post, Kelli Travers-Stafford wrote that her daughter Alexi mistakenly ate one of the cookies at a friend's house despite her peanut...

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  • FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

    The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription. The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter. In a statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb...

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  • US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

    The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. "For me, it's personal. I almost lost one of my...

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  • Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation

    In a case that has attracted national attention, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday that judges in the state have the authority to order people to remain drug free as a condition of probation and under some circumstances order a defendant jailed for violating the drug-free requirement. ...

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  • WeWork takes meat off the menu at company events

    Office space sharing company WeWork says it is no longer serving red or white meat at company events. In an email to employees Thursday, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Miguel McKelvey said the company won't serve pork, poultry or red meat, and it won't allow employees to expense...

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  • WeWork takes meat off the menu at company events

    Office space sharing company WeWork says it is no longer serving red or white meat at company events. In an email to employees Thursday, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Miguel McKelvey said the company won't serve pork, poultry or red meat, and it won't allow employees to expense...

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  • 2-year sentence for woman who faked cancer to raise $51,000

    A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison. The Journal News reports Vedoutie Hoobraj apologized to the community and to cancer patients on Friday at her sentencing for wire fraud in...

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  • Nurses at Vermont hospital back at work after 2-day strike

    Nurses at Vermont's largest hospital are back on the job after a two-day strike. The strike of 1,800 nurses from the University of Vermont Medical Center ended at 7 a.m. Saturday after 48 hours. Hospital administrators brought in outside nurses during the strike and say most hospital...

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