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AP Top Health News at 4:57 a.m. EDT

Oakland votes to ban coal shipments, citing health risks
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town....

US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication....

Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states
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NEW YORK (AP) -- By striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states....





Congressional dysfunction likely to stall Zika funding bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika....

Texas illegally curbs abortion clinics, Supreme Court rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state....

NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill expanding breast cancer screening
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is expanding access to breast cancer screening by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure....

Trial begins in lawsuit over spinal bone cement
SEATTLE (AP) -- The physician who used a non-FDA-approved bone cement during a woman's spinal surgery and the company that ran an illegal test market to promote the dangerous product should be held accountable for her death, a lawyer for the woman's daughter told a jury Monday....

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
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
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....