• Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health authorities said Monday they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China and suspect a man who travelled with her also had it. This is the first time this particular type of bird flu — H7N9— has been...

  • Apparent marijuana permit winners want process to proceed

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Owners of businesses on former Gov. Pat Quinn's short list for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say the process was fair and should proceed. Public documents show Quinn's staff was ready to grant at least a dozen licenses before leaving...

  • VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions. The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer...

  • Documents: Top-scoring marijuana cultivation applicants

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left office this month. Quinn did not act on the licenses, leaving...

  • Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut — operating through her eyelid. The idea: Make a small...

  • Finding available options when diagnosis calls for surgery

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options. —Start with the doctor recommending the traditional surgery, asking what will happen if you don't have the operation and if there are alternative treatments, either...

  • Idaho health officials see increase in flu-related deaths

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from the flu following a spike in flu-related deaths in the state. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in a statement Monday says 16 flu-related deaths have been reported through Thursday....

  • Flu-related quarantine lifted at state prison in Concord

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire corrections officials have lifted a quarantine at the state prison in Concord that was due to the flu. Visits, classes and a parole board hearing were canceled as of Thursday after inmates in three housing units showed flu symptoms. The normal...

  • Gov. Martinez donates $10K to cancer group

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is giving $10,000 to fund cancer research and awareness. Martinez took the opportunity to promote early cancer testing during an event Monday at the Capitol Rotunda for the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer program dubbed Suits and...

  • Judge: New Mexico likely violated rights of care provider

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has ruled that a hearing must be held because state officials likely violated the rights of a behavioral health nonprofit whose Medicaid billings were questioned. The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/0L4dWc ) reports that District Judge...

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