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  • Chain of kidney transplants begins at San Francisco hospital

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney. Instead, she helped six. The Sacramento woman's donation to a Benicia man set off an organ swap that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Three transplants were completed Thursday, and the remaining...

  • New Mexico releases details of child vaccine exemptions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list. The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state's largest...

  • Lawmakers say right-to-die legislation needs to be studied

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A right-to-die proposal that would allow terminally ill people in Utah to end their lives needs to be studied more before the Legislature can consider passing it, state lawmakers said Thursday evening. After a 30-minute presentation about the proposal, a state House committee voted unanimously to recommend that lawmakers...

  • Application process for New Mexico's med marijuana program

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has opened the request for applications period for the licensing of non-profit producers for the medical marijuana program. There currently are 23 licensed non-profit producers in the program, which are located throughout the state. No new licensed non-profit producers have been added...

  • Serious strain of bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry has been found in a Minnesota commercial turkey flock but the risk to humans is low, state and federal officials announced Thursday. It's the same highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza that's been confirmed in backyard and wild birds in Washington, Oregon and Idaho,...

  • Flu strikes Panthers, who are already without top 2 goalies

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are missing more than just their starting and backup goalies against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Jaromir Jagr, Erik Gudbranson and Willie Mitchell all sat out due to a flu-like illness. Mitchell had been scheduled to return on Thursday after missing 15 games because of an upper-body injury....

  • Arkansas Senate backs expanding access to experimental drugs

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves. The state Senate on Thursday approved by a 33-0 vote a bill to expand access to potentially life-saving medications years before terminally ill patients...

  • Hundreds rally in support of governor's Medicaid plan

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at the state capitol Thursday to protest a decision by lawmakers to reject the governor's Medicaid expansion plan. A slate of lawmakers, religious leaders and people with chronic health issues spoke during rally that lasted two hours. The speakers insisted that the plan introduced by...

  • Backers, foes brace for Nebraska medical marijuana debate

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of medical marijuana will urge Nebraska lawmakers Friday to pass a bill they say would help ease suffering, but the state's top law enforcement official plans to fight it. Both sides will square off in a legislative hearing on the proposal, introduced for the first time in this year's session. The bill by Sen....

  • Homeowners group denies playhouse for cancer-stricken girl

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a young girl with leukemia want to build their daughter a playhouse, but they've been blocked by their homeowners association. Pete and Jennifer Schultz, who live in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Raymore, say they need the playhouse for their 6-year-old daughter, Ella Joe, because her health keeps...

  • Report: Suicides by girls and young women continue to climb

    NEW YORK (AP) — The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health officials said Thursday. The rate for boys and young men increased since 2007, too. And it remains three times higher than the female rate for ages 10 to 24. But the female increase has been steadier. Why...

  • Anderson's return for No. 2 Virginia slowed by appendectomy

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Any chance that guard Justin Anderson would return for No. 2 Virginia against No. 16 Louisville on Saturday were upended by his appendix. The school says the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer with a 13.4 average had an appendectomy on Thursday and will miss the game. Anderson has missed seven games since breaking...

  • Arkansas House approves new abortion pill restrictions

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted to impose new limits on the administration of the abortion pill Thursday, one of several efforts to restrict the abortion gaining traction after Republicans widened their majorities in the state Legislature. The bill approved by the House on a 61-7 vote would override doctors and require...

  • Workers at state mental health facility get layoff notices

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Layoff notices are going out to employees at a state mental health institution in Mount Pleasant that is slated for closure. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy McCoy says Thursday that notices had gone out to 36 workers. The layoffs will be effective April 6. There currently are about 74 people working at the...

  • Santa Barbara County reports school-related chickenpox

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Barbara County health officials say there have been five confirmed cases of chickenpox and one case of shingles associated with a school. A Public Health Department statement Thursday says the majority of confirmed cases were in children who were not vaccinated. The department says people with compromised...

  • State investigates fetuses in Las Vegas hospital laundry

    Nevada state health officials are investigating after two dead babies were discovered by workers at a laundry facility as they were cleaning linens from a Las Vegas hospital. The Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance is currently investigating the case, which was reported to police Tuesday by the medical laundry company Angelica in...

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