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  • Motion filed to dismiss penis amputation suit

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An attorney for two Alabama doctors accused in a lawsuit of amputating a man's penis in what was supposed to have been a routine circumcision filed a motion Tuesday seeking to dismiss the claims. Attorney Mike Florie says his clients, Dr. Michael Bivins and Dr. Alan Aikens, never performed a circumcision on Johnny Lee...

  • Florida Medical Association backs Medicaid growth

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers. The organization passed a resolution at its annual conference last weekend saying it will publicly support...

  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year. Rear Adm....

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play...

  • Chicken pox halts deportation at Artesia facility

    ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico congressman says the deportation of immigrants from a detention facility in Artesia have been temporarily stopped because of chicken pox. Rep. Steve Pearce said Tuesday that the immigrant women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers are being treated and vaccinated. But Pearce says two...

  • Hawaii candidates eye health care, economy

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Democratic candidates for governor told voters on Tuesday how they would improve health care, the economy and quality of life for seniors. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige also compared leadership styles in a forum hosted by AARP on Hawaii's Big Island. Asked about his leadership style, Abercrombie...

  • Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola. SIM USA President Bruce Johnson announced Tuesday that his group and Samaritan's Purse decided on the evacuation following an upsurge in the number of...

  • Legislator says La. abortion law not in jeopardy

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges said she doesn't believe the provision is threatened after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Tuesday to overturn Mississippi's...

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. McDonald, 61, of Cincinnati, will replace Acting VA...

  • Overdoses leading cause of Tennessee deaths

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Drug overdoses are once again the leading cause of death in Tennessee, but the state Health Department is hoping a new law will reverse that trend. According to data released Tuesday by the state Health Department's Vital Statistics office, drug overdoses killed 1,166 people last year. By comparison, 1,008 people died...

  • NCAA proposed settlement raises medical questions

    CHICAGO (AP) — A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions. Here are some of them: WHAT WILL THE EVALUATIONS BE LOOKING FOR?...

  • Liberians in US worry about Ebola outbreak

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is causing some to cancel travel plans and stirring fear in Minnesota, which has the largest Liberian immigrant population in the United States. The potentially Ebola-related death last week of a Liberian government official whose...

  • Report: Health premiums rose significantly in 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's insurance commissioner released a report Tuesday showing the cost of health-care premiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes for more authority to regulate those costs. California's four largest insurers raised premiums for individuals from at least 22 percent to as much as 88 percent,...

  • Illinois warns insurers of discrimination ban

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois regulators issued a reminder to health insurers that it is illegal to deny coverage to someone because they are transgender, drawing praise from the gay rights community. The bulletin, which was dated Monday and announced Tuesday, notes that both new and amended policy filings should comply with provisions...

  • Jury selection to go 3rd day in salmonella trial

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection will move into a third day in the federal trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant. Dozens of potential jurors filled an Albany courtroom Tuesday as they were called one-at-a-time into the judge's chambers to answer questions about what they...

  • Oregon looks at regulating insurer doctor networks

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon insurance regulators are seeking the authority to require private insurers to have enough doctors and other health care providers to adequately serve all their customers. The move comes as a growing number of insurance companies seek to save money by shrinking the number of providers in their network. Regulators...

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