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  • The Latest: Dem cites allegations of VA nominee being drunk

    The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A top Senate Democrat says allegations against President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs involve him being "repeatedly drunk" when he was a White...

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  • Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick

    A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs — found that he and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit. The report,...

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  • After a death, how much can 'broken heart' hurt survivors?

    You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly...

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  • First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque (jihn-AR'-kew), from Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The...

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  • UK judge holds new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans

    A British judge heard a new appeal Tuesday from the parents of a terminally ill British toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment — something British courts have ruled isn't in the child's interest. The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the parents of 23-month-old Alfie...

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  • Authorities: Woman faked cancer claims for insurance money

    Authorities in North Carolina have accused a woman of filing nearly 300 insurance claims for cancer even though she didn't have the disease. The North Carolina Department of Insurance said in a statement Tuesday that 60-year-old Susan Leigh Huebotter is charged with insurance fraud and...

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  • US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

    Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a...

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  • Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug

    Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients. That's according to small, preliminary study in 27 kids with progeria. The benefit was small: Treated children were more...

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  • WATCH: Can being cold help you lose weight?

    No one likes to be cold enough to shiver, but what if being cold could actually increase your metabolism, improve blood sugar and help you lose weight?

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  • Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

    One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most effective of the three approved medications...

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  • Seniors more likely to fall when taking opioids after hospital treatment: Study

    Seniors recovering from trauma after being admitted to hospitals may be more likely to have falls when taking prescribed opioids, according to a new study. While opioids are commonly used to manage acute pain, they can have harmful side effects, particularly for seniors. In this study, published...

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  • CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

    The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed. Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., 66, has long career as a top HIV researcher, but he had no experience working in...

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  • What to know about 'dry drowning' after 4-year-old's incident

    The story of Elianna Grace, a 4-year-old girl recently hospitalized for a case of "dry drowning" in Sarasota, Florida, has sparked fear amongst parents about whether their children are safe playing in the water. Elianna’s mother Lacey brought her to the hospital after hearing about other children...

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  • US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

    A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world's most extensive penis transplant. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. They say the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a...

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  • Freezing fat cells: Noninvasive fat reduction procedures gaining in popularity

    Noninvasive fat reduction procedures, as a whole, increased 7 percent.

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  • Can being cold help you lose weight?

    No one likes to be cold enough to shiver, but what if being cold could actually increase your metabolism, improve blood sugar and help you lose weight? A study done on mice at the University of Tokyo supports this idea. The researchers found that a certain type of cells called beige fat can...

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  • It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

    Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there. "I thought this was it — this is where the road stops," he told the Lubbock...

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  • Irish premier launches bid to overturn abortion restrictions

    Ireland's premier has urged his country to show compassion as he launched a campaign to overturn some of Europe's strictest abortion rules. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday that Ireland's May 25 referendum on whether to lift a constitutional ban on most abortions is an opportunity...

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