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Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's lasted six years. But now welcome relief from rising U.S. health care costs seems to be winding down....

Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance....

Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science....




Immigrants, poor fish for their dinner, unaware of mercury
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River....

Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days....

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants....

Surgeon who helped pioneer key CPR technique dies at 87
MIAMI (AP) -- Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87....

FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach....

Romanian officials raid homes in medicines corruption probe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian prosecutors have searched dozens of home and offices looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs....

Boy who lost hands to infection gets double-hand transplant
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday....