• Ga. Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    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: 7 hr ago

    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....

  • Attempt to repeal abortion ultrasound law fails in Senate

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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...

  • Oklahoma health officials say 11 more deaths due to flu

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    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...

  • Virginia Senate panel OKs marijuana derivatives for epilepsy

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    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: 8 hr ago

    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...

  • Tuscaloosa VA director moving to Augusta VA hospital

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving the director of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center to Augusta, Georgia, to run the troubled Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The VA announced that Maria Andrews will move to her new job as director in Augusta within...

  • Illness sickens more than 100 Hampden-Sydney students

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — An illness has sickened more than 100 students at Hampden-Sydney College this week. Hampden-Sydney tells media outlets that health officials believe the illness is gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection. Symptoms have included vomiting, diarrhea and...

  • WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia —...

  • Autistic Alabama drivers to get cards to show police

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state health department will soon provide cards for Alabama drivers who have been diagnosed with autism disorders. The Legislature passed a law last year to create for the cards. A proponent of the ID cards, Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur, says they...

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