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The Associated Press
AP Top Health News at 5:16 p.m. EST

Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping....

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400....

Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics....





Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Call it contraception equality....

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years....

Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill themselves with a gun. But now two unlikely allies - the gun industry and a leading suicide prevention group - are coming together to tackle it....

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess....

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday....

Stolen laptop had info of thousands of hospital patients
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials at Children's Hospital Los Angeles say a laptop stolen from a physician's car last year may have contained personal health information for nearly 3,600 patients....

Czech boars still radioactive 31 years after Chernobyl
PRAGUE (AP) -- An agency in the Czech Republic says about a half of all wild boars in the country's southwest are radioactive and considered unsafe for consumption due to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster....