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Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene....

Shock as Zimbabwe's Mugabe named WHO 'goodwill ambassador'

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GENEVA (AP) -- Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organization by the agency's first African leader....

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus....





Women say they were branded, traumatized by group's doctors
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Women say they were branded and traumatized by doctors in a secretive group, and state officials will review why authorities didn't act sooner on the women's reports, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday....

Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends
CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there's a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S....

Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low....

Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian state took a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia on Friday, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law....

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....

Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths were caused during the year by diseases from toxic exposure....

Officials: Jambalaya at fundraiser sickens more than 100
COLUMBIA, La. (AP) -- Louisiana's health department says salmonella from the chicken and sausage jambalaya at a softball team's fundraiser may have killed one person and apparently has made more than 100 people ill....