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  • Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

    Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The...

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  • US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a firsthand look at the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War. Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and spillage of the...

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  • Drugmakers funnel millions to lawmakers; a few dozen get $100,000-plus

    Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress.

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  • 62 cases of AFM confirmed across 22 states: CDC

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated reported AFM cases.

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  • Melania Trump to focus on opioids, newborns in hospital tour

    First lady Melania Trump will travel to Philadelphia to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb. Mrs. Trump is being joined on her Wednesday visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar....

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  • Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

    Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss. The study tracked about 20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had weight...

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  • Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

    The nation's second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday. The personal information of nearly 79 million people — including names,...

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  • Trans teen on sharing the final steps of her transition: gender confirmation surgery

    This past June, Jazz Jennings underwent her gender confirmation surgery.

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  • The Latest: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

    The Latest on drugmakers disclosing list prices of advertised drugs (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The federal government wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said a proposal...

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  • 7 companies, 4 men charged in $1B telemedicine fraud scheme

    Seven companies and four men are facing charges, accused of roles in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme that deceived tens of thousands of patients and more than 100 doctors, federal prosecutors announced Monday. The eastern Tennessee U.S. attorney's office said six Florida companies, a...

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  • Ann Curry to host TV show to solve medical mysteries

    Ann Curry is getting into the business of medical crowdsourcing on television. The former "Today" show anchor has agreed to anchor a Turner series that describes people with mysterious medical ailments, in the hope of reaching doctors or patients who have seen something similar and gotten...

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  • WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak

    The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month and...

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  • Unvaccinated child dies from flu in Florida

    A child in Florida who wasn't vaccinated has died from getting the flu.

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  • As US suicide rates rise, Hispanics show relative immunity

    Support from family and community appear to shield Latinos from rising suicide rates, researchers say.

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  • Drugmakers to disclose prices for medicines advertised on TV

    Dozens of drugmakers will start disclosing the prices for U.S. prescription drugs advertised on TV. The prices won't actually be shown in the TV commercials but the advertisement will include a website where the list price will be posted. The move announced Monday by the industry's...

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  • Arkansas drops 4,100 more from Medicaid over work rule

    Arkansas has nearly doubled the number of people removed from its expanded Medicaid program over a new work requirement that's the subject of a federal lawsuit. The state Department of Human Services on Monday said more than 4,100 people lost their Medicaid coverage for not complying with...

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  • AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers neglecting their own health

    Skipping your checkup but not grandma's? Caring for an older loved one is a balancing act, and a new poll shows that too often it's the caregivers' health that's neglected. The survey, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found about a third of caregivers have...

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  • UK offers prescription for loneliness, no drugs involved

    Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government's effort to combat loneliness. Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday described loneliness as "one of the greatest public health challenges of our time," saying it...

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  • Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

    Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan Government...

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  • Democratic candidates focus on health care as midterms near

    In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

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  • New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

    In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: "I want to ask you a question about health care." Marylea Evans recounted how, decades...

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  • Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

    Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves on the same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside the...

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  • Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

    The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal police shooting is higher in states with the highest rates of gun ownership, compared to those with the lowest. The study, from researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Northeastern University found that people were 3.6 times more likely to...

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  • Battles over safe Ebola burials complicate work in Congo

    A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance that complicates efforts to contain a Congo outbreak, causing a worrying new rise in cases. The deadly virus' appearance for the first time in the far northeast has sparked...

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