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New law supports first responders who treat injured pets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Until a new law was passed this spring, it was against the law in Ohio - along with many other states - for firefighters or paramedics to provide basic first aid to dogs and cats rescued from house fires, car accidents or other crisis situations. Only licensed veterinarians could do that....

Health insurer's limit on insulin pumps worries patients
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Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and finally switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back....

Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues....





Overdose deaths overwhelm medical examiner, coroner offices
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Soaring numbers of overdose deaths are adding to woes already plaguing medical examiner and coroner offices, resulting in a shortage of places to store bodies and long delays in autopsies and toxicology testing....

WHO plans urgent yellow fever vaccinations in Angola, Congo
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization is planning emergency vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Congo amid the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades that already is blamed for more than 400 deaths, health officials said Thursday....

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces?
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder....

Candidates avoid Medicare, Social Security finance woes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's framework for economic security and health care in retirement is financially unsustainable, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the presidential candidates....

Ouch! Flu spray fails again, panel urges shot instead
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine failed to protect kids again last year, the latest in a string of failures that has prompted an expert panel to recommend that doctors stop giving it to patients....

Temporary blindness tied to smartphone use in dark
LONDON (AP) -- Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision....

Abortion pill requests spike in Zika outbreak countries
NEW YORK (AP) -- Online requests for abortion pills spiked dramatically this year in Brazil, Ecuador and some other Latin American countries that ban abortions, an indication that women may be choosing to end pregnancies rather than risk birth defects stemming from a Zika virus outbreak....


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