• Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved...

  • Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Low rates for breast-feeding may contribute to health gaps facing U.S. blacks, but in several cities grassroots groups are aiming to change that. The Milwaukee-based African American Breastfeeding Network is one, and it recently got recognition from the federal...

  • 'The Thorn Birds' author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote Norfolk Island, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona...

  • Haley creates committee to study domestic violence

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday created another task force charged with finding a way to stem South Carolina's generational cycles of domestic abuse, on the heels of legislators advancing their own proposals. The executive order that Haley signed lists 40 agencies,...

  • Ga. Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism therapy for children younger than 6. Lawmakers passed the bill, 54-0 on Thursday. Supporters say early intervention can help children with autism learn to speak and lower later...

  • Lifespan opens urgent care center for mental health issues

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's largest health system has opened a new psychiatric urgent care and outpatient center. Lifespan Outpatient Psychiatry and Urgent Care is in East Greenwich. Lifespan says it's the area's first walk-in urgent care center for mental health issues....

  • Oklahoma health officials say 11 more deaths due to flu

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week. Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been...

  • Attempt to repeal abortion ultrasound law fails in Senate

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-controlled state Senate committee has defeated an attempt to repeal a 2012 law requiring a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure first. The Education and Health Committee rejected Sen. Mamie Locke's repeal bill Thursday on an...

  • Virginia Senate panel OKs marijuana derivatives for epilepsy

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to legalize two derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating epilepsy has cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly. The legislation offered by Sen. David Marsden, a Fairfax County Democrat, would allow legal possession of cannabidiol oil or...

  • Bill requires talking to doctor before opting out of shots

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker wants parents who don't vaccinate their children to meet with a doctor first. Rep. Mike Freiberg has a bill that would require those parents to learn about vaccines and their impact on diseases from a health care provider. The Golden Valley...

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