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AP Top Health News At 8:12 a.m. EDT

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
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CHICAGO (AP) -- For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?...

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup
AP Photo
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer....

Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free
BANGKOK (AP) -- A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday....





Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul....

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) -- Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century....

Minnesota burn survivor leaves hospital after 264 days
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man who survived being badly burned in a lawnmower explosion was discharged Friday after 264 days in the hospital, but not before his caregivers gathered to say farewell to one of their favorite patients....

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station....

Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week....

FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price - more than $250,000 for a year's treatment....

Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for making false statements in research reports....