• Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. The crash of Germanwings...

  • Nearly 100 get food poisoning; officials won't say from what

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated. Philly.com reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1HQbZYs )...

  • Nevada man accused of trespassing murder suffered stroke

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has postponed a decision on whether to further delay Wayne Burgarello's murder trial after his lawyer reported the 73-year-old Sparks man who killed an unarmed trespasser has suffered another stroke. Defense attorney Theresa Ristenpart told Washoe District...

  • Indiana HIV outbreak cases now 81 as virus continues spread

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 81 people have now tested positive for HIV as an outbreak of the virus in southeastern Indiana continues among intravenous drug users. The state Department of Health said Friday there have been 74 confirmed HIV cases and seven preliminary...

  • Aetna changes plan amid HIV drug complaint

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Aetna has agreed to change its prescription drug policy to ensure that Florida consumers with HIV and AIDS can access their medications at lower costs. Friday's announcement followed complaints last year alleging that Aetna and three other insurance companies...

  • Tensions emerge in LSU hospital privatization in Shreveport

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The privatization deal struck for LSU's Shreveport hospital has created management and financial tensions that threaten the health of the university's nearby medical school, according to an outside review. A consulting firm describes the current connection...

  • Head-shaving event continues buzz about combatting cancer

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — More than $7,300 has been raised at a head-shaving event in Dubuque aimed at raising money for cancer research. Members of Phi Theta Psi, a co-ed social organization, at the University of Dubuque organized the third annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event held...

  • Maine hearing on bats with white nose syndrome set for April

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that proposes to add two bat species that have been severely reduced by white nose syndrome to Maine's endangered species list will be the subject of a public hearing in April. The state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife wants to add the northern...

  • Oklahoma Health Department: Measles case in Stillwater

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in Stillwater and says others may have been exposed. The department said Friday this is the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997. The infected person is an international...

  • NM officials: flu sickened more this year; season not over

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are warning that the flu season is not over. Officials say more people have been hospitalized in the state this season than in many years. According to the state Department of Health, the virus hospitalized 40 people per 100,000...

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