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5 days ago

UN health agency ‘vigilant’ about China bird flu outbreak

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says an increase in bird flu cases in China this year has not shown sustained human-to-human transmission, but it vows to remain "vigilant" over the puzzling outbreak in which affected fowl don't show any symptoms….

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5 days ago

AP Exclusive: Missing drugs a problem at VA medical centers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press….

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5 days ago

Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

DALLAS (AP) — A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries….

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6 days ago

GOP health plan: Lower costs, better care, or road to ruin?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor….

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6 days ago

AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press….

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6 days ago

Cases involving alleged drug theft at VA health facilities

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff – mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system – had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared….

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6 days ago

Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dr. Scarlett Gard's passion for humanitarian work took her to India and Bangladesh. After finishing her medical training, she set off for a place she knew had a diverse population in need of doctors: western Kansas….

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6 days ago

House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor….

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6 days ago

Penn State students raise $10 million-plus in dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of hardy Penn State students raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon….

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1 week ago

Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem….