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  • Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

    The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport...

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  • World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

    A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person's skin. The U.S.-based Carter Center, which leads the eradication campaign, says just 30 cases were reported last year in isolated areas of...

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  • Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

    Latest report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu has killed 30 children

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  • US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

    The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more...

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  • Letter sent to police barracks sickens 2 troopers, staffer

    A letter containing what investigators are calling a "biohazard" has been sent to a Pennsylvania police barracks and has sickened three employees. State police and federal authorities say two state troopers and a civilian staff member became ill Thursday afternoon immediately after one of...

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  • The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life

    The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local): 1:15 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's committed to building "a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished." Trump spoke Friday via video from the White House Rose Garden to...

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  • US agency details doctor protections ahead of March for Life

    With abortion opponents marching in the streets of the capital, President Donald Trump's administration on Friday announced actions in line with long-standing demands from social and religious conservatives. The Department of Health and Human Services spelled out plans to protect medical...

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  • Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass

    Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The...

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  • Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

    The CDC called for more research on how these drugs affect pregnant women.

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  • Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

    Regulatory moves that could one day make smoking an obsolete habit get underway next week when U.S. regulators hold a public meeting on a closely watched cigarette alternative. The proposal from the Food and Drug Administration is two-fold: cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are...

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  • China's birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families

    The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children. There were 17.2 million births in the country last year, down from 17.9 million in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday. ...

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  • Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown

    The mother of a mentally ill woman who was left outside a Baltimore hospital on a frigid night wearing only a flimsy gown and socks says the 22-year-old daughter was denied care by medical professionals and left to face life-threatening conditions on the street. Cheryl Chandler said she was...

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  • Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

    Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try...

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  • For rival camps in abortion debate, a weekend to mobilize

    Activists on both sides of the abortion debate will be rallying and marching over the next few days in their annual show of force, while looking ahead to the coming year with a mix of combativeness and trepidation. The events kick off Friday with the March for Life in Washington, the...

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  • WATCH: Mixed welcome for Pennsylvania's 1st medical marijuana dispensary

    When Pennsylvania's first ever medical marijuana dispensary, Keystone Canna Remedies, opened its doors in Bethlehem on January 17, many welcomed its arrival with open arms, including former Philadelphia Flyers winger Riley Cote.

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  • Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

    Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of...

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  • Fauci: NIH in a "scramble" to prepare for any gov't shutdown

    Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says the institution is in a "scramble" to prepare for a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday. Fauci spoke to The Associated Press Thursday as President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress sought a budget deal that would...

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  • Governors to Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis

    Governors of both parties are calling on Congress and President Donald Trump's administration to provide more federal money and improve coordination to deal with America's deadly opioid crisis. The National Governors Association released a list of recommendations for action on Thursday. ...

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  • Trump tries to protect medical providers who oppose abortion

    The Trump administration is creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion. The new enforcement unit will be part of the civil rights office at the Department of Health and Human Services. It will be called the Division...

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  • Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles

    The Arkansas Department of Health says about 150 people were exposed to measles after an ill traveler flew from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Little Rock. Officials say those exposed to measles include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 on Jan. 10, as well as people in...

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  • Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

    A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. Noel Conway, 68, has motor neuron disease. He applied to the High Court last July, asking for a declaration that Britain's outlawing...

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  • How to avoid getting the flu while flying

    "GMA" spoke with a flight attendant and a doctor to get their pro tips.

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  • Try these apps to exercise without stepping foot in a gym

    If you made a New Year's resolution to amp up your exercise routine, there is an app for that. And if your excuse for not exercising is that you don't have time to go to a gym or can't afford a membership, sorry, but there are apps to overcome that too. In 2018, as long as you're equipped...

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  • WATCH: 14 Chicago elementary students sickened by laced candy

    More than a dozen children were sent to the hospital after eating candy tainted with an unknown substance handed out by a classmate.

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