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AP Top Health News at 5:02 p.m. EDT

Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die....

Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people's height
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia....

Doctors urged to check pregnant women for Zika at each visit
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant women about a possible Zika infection at every checkup....

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel....

Watch for behavior changes for clues of dementia onset
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing - changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue....

First baby with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus - the first detected case in Spain....

Aid group: Yemen's dialysis centers at a 'breaking point'
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders is warning that thousands of Yemeni patients in need of dialysis face a life-threatening satiation after their treatment centers have been pushed to a "breaking point" because of the ongoing conflict....

Art with heart: Making children's health wards less scary
NEW YORK (AP) -- For Dorkas Kaya and other young patients with HIV, seeing the walls of their residential treatment facility transformed with broad splashes of color and graffiti-like scribbles brought a singular reaction: "Whoa!"...

AP Exclusive: Pricey drugs overwhelm Medicare safeguard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show....

What are the top 20 priciest Medicare prescription drugs?