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  • Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That is $10 billion less...

  • 3 patients at Chinese nursing home castrated

    BEIJING (AP) — Police in northeastern China have detained a man accused of cutting off the testicles of three patients in a nursing home. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that two of the patients at the home in Qinggang County in Heilongjiang province were bedridden and the third was mentally handicapped. It said the man...

  • Regenerative engineering, medicine retreat at UGA

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is set to host a regenerative engineering and medicine retreat. The annual retreat for the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center and the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine research center will be held Aug. 12 at the Georgia Museum of Art. The retreat is free and open to the public, but...

  • Shelby County recognized for employee health

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shelby County's government has been named a recipient of the Healthier Tennessee Workplace Award. Healthier Tennessee is a nonprofit agency associated with Gov. Bill Haslam's office. The agency promotes healthy workplace conditions at businesses across the state. Shelby County was specifically recognized for the...

  • GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot

    LONDON (AP) — Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency. The experimental shot is the most advanced candidate vaccine for malaria but results from previous trials have been disappointing. Research published in 2012 showed the shot only reduced malaria cases by...

  • Insurers owe nearly $13.2M in refunds in Michigan

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government says more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13.2 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation's health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday. The law requires insurance companies to spend at...

  • EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women

    LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says a commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women after reviewing the evidence, sparked by a French pharmaceutical company's declaration last year that the drugs didn't work in women weighing more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds). Last November, HRA Pharma changed the...

  • China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague

    BEIJING (AP) — A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday. A total of 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of...

  • Midazolam is common thread in 3 lengthy executions

    Arizona used a two-drug protocol for Wednesday's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who had been sentenced to die for the 1989 deaths of a former girlfriend and her father. Witnesses saw Wood gasp and snort for an hour and 40 minutes after the execution drugs were injected in his veins. He finally was pronounced dead an hour and 57 minutes...

  • Mesa County boy treated for hantavirus

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Health officials say a western Colorado boy is being treated after contracting hantavirus. The Mesa County Health Department said Wednesday the boy, whose name and age have not been released, was taken to Denver over the weekend and is still being treated. Officials did not say where or how he contracted the...

  • Childhood traumas more common in military members

    CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings. The study is the largest to examine how common bad childhood experiences are among...

  • State hopes to trace source of intestinal parasite

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State health officials are trying to trace the origin of an intestinal parasite that has infected 77 Texans so far this year. In a statement Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services says 77 cases of cyclosporiasis (sye-kloh-spoh-RYE'-ah-sihs) have been reported around Texas this year, including 69 in the...

  • Boston enlists goats to combat poison ivy

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston is enlisting goats to combat poison ivy and other invasive plants in a city park. On Wednesday, four goats began their eight-week stay at an "urban wild" along the Neponset River in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. The goats are expected to feed on poison ivy, buckthorn, Japanese knotweed, and other invasive plant...

  • 5 owners of Oregon child care sites have pot cards

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Five Oregon home-based, day-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, officials said, prompting Gov. John Kitzhaber to say they should have to choose between their business and their pot. The state Office of Child Care has long viewed medical marijuana use as a private health matter that isn't...

  • APNewsBreak: 2 bats proposed for endangered list

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two bat species are being proposed for the Maine endangered species list because they've been decimated by white nose syndrome, state officials said. Recent cave counts of the northern long-eared bat and little brown bat show nearly 90 percent declines, officials said Wednesday. A third species, the eastern...

  • State and Xerox resolve Medicaid contract problem

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State officials have resolved a contract issue with Xerox Corp. over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments. Montana Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Opper sent a letter to Xerox on July 18 saying the company is no longer in breach of the $70 million state contract awarded in...

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