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Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

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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....

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures....

Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use

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




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....

AP Exclusive: Twin tragedies give survivor a new face
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man....

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?
Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, something insurers should cover? Mayo Clinic has raised that question by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research....

VP Pence's wife aims to raise awareness about art therapy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Karen Pence wants people to know that art therapy isn't exactly arts and crafts....

Michigan sports doctor to stand trial in sexual assault case
MASON, Mich. (AP) -- A sports doctor who treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics was ordered to stand trial Friday after a woman described how he sexually abused her for years during her childhood....

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies - and recording their attempts....

China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak
BEIJING (AP) -- China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people....



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