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1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers....

Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea....

GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans....





Former president's breathing tube indicates severe pneumonia
Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for pneumonia in intensive care at a Houston hospital where doctors are evaluating him before removing a breathing tube....

Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from one of the remaining clinics, a study found....

Report: NYPD mental health training needs better utilization
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department has trained more than 5,000 police officers on how to handle mental health crisis calls but doesn't have a way to dispatch those officers when the calls come in, according to a report published Thursday....

Czechs a step away from smoking ban in bars, restaurants
PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe....

California withdraws immigrant health care request
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California officials on Wednesday withdrew their request to sell unsubsidized insurance policies to people who can't prove they're legally in the United States after learning the decision would fall to President-elect Donald Trump's administration....

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400....

Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping....