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WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups....

UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response
GENEVA (AP) -- Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency....

South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization....




VA restored benefits to 4,200 veterans wrongly declared dead
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead....

Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect
NEW YORK (AP) -- As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?...

AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence....

Biden to host national cancer research summit in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday....

Consider obesity surgery more often for diabetes: Guidelines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese....

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before....

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness
RIO, Fla. (AP) -- A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital....