• Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of senator

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California's new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation's author. The California secretary of state says advocates can begin collecting signatures in Sacramento and Yolo counties for the recall of...

  • Boy who lost limbs to infection gets double-hand transplant

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Surgeons in Philadelphia have performed a double-hand transplant on a boy believed to be the youngest patient to undergo the procedure. Eight-year-old Zion Harvey's forearms are still heavily bandaged but his new hands were visible as he joined doctors at a news...

  • FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators say they have approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Reshape Medical's balloon system to treat obesity in adults. The balloon is...

  • 7 cases of rare infectious disease reported in South Dakota

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State health officials say seven cases of a rare infectious disease that humans can catch from animals and insects have been reported in western South Dakota. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the cases of tularemia, sometimes called rabbit fever, have been...

  • Skin doctors urge under-18 ban on tanning beds

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Dermatologists who treat skin cancer patients urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to approve a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds, but salon owners accused critics of overstating the risks. Current Massachusetts law allows 14- to 17-year-olds to...

  • Gilead beats Street 2Q forecasts on surge in sales, profit

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Blockbuster hepatitis C medicine Harvoni lifted Gilead Sciences' second-quarter profit by 23 percent as total revenue for the biotech drugmaker jumped 26 percent and it raised its 2015 sales forecast for the second time. Gilead Sciences Inc., based in Foster City, California, said...

  • Iowa bird flu disaster declaration extended to Aug. 30

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration Tuesday is the third extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired Friday. The...

  • Health care spending to accelerate, US report says

    Updated: 7 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president,...

  • GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood fed aid

    Updated: 13 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest...

  • 4 cases of West Nile virus reported so far this year in SD

    Updated: 36 min ago

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year. The state Department of Health says the cases have been reported in Brown, Butte and Spink counties. The ages of the ill individuals range from 20 to 59. The...

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