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The Associated Press
AP Top Health News at 7:02 p.m. EST

A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US
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NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever....

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago....

Surgeon General sounding alarm on teens' use of e-cigarettes
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth....





Ohio lawmakers pass Republican 20-week abortion ban proposal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected....

Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men....

Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage
Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage?...

Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday....

Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later
TOKYO (AP) -- Six decades after "Minamata disease" mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients....

Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup....