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AP Top Health News at 4:38 a.m. EDT

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency....

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment....

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers....





Less-educated middle-age US whites dying younger than others
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found....

A winner in GOP plans to repeal Obamacare: tanning salons
As Republicans try to shore up support for their health care overhaul, one group can't wait for the replacement: owners of tanning salons....

After surgery, Georgia senator could miss crucial votes
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sen. Johnny Isakson is recuperating from his second back surgery this year at his Georgia home, complicating Republican leaders' plans as they count the votes for the GOP health care overhaul and a Supreme Court nominee....

Retirement dreams fizzle for some with 'Obamacare' repeal
CHICAGO (AP) -- Workers dreaming of early retirement are getting the jitters as Washington debates replacing the Obama-era health care law with a system that could be a lot more expensive for many older Americans....

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak
BOSTON (AP) -- The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country....

Hope flows into Indian village in the form of clean water
NAI BASTI VILLAGE, India (AP) -- Schoolchildren cheered and village women clapped as a gush of clean water flowed through a set of gleaming steel taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty north Indian village....

FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants
Nine deaths from a very rare kind of cancer have been linked to breast implants, indicating a very low but increased risk in women with implants, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....