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AP Top Health News at 1:52 p.m. EDT

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday....

Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory....

Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river
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MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) -- At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank....





Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination
The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat....

New York governor: Give Medicaid to inmates before release
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's governor is seeking federal approval to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates who face serious health challenges immediately before they're released from prison....

Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs
HONOLULU (AP) -- State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services....

Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama's health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions....

Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does it stand?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months, and there's no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety....

GAO: Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found....

CDC: Teen birth rates plunge, but racial disparities persist
NEW YORK (AP) -- Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens....


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