• Groups that spent the most lobbying lawmakers on health care

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year: ___ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620 The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470 Steward Health Care: $674,451 Partners HealthCare System: $644,715...

  • Parents say teen shot by police suffered from mental illness

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Tampa Bay-area teenager who shot a police officer in the leg before police fatally shot him suffered from mental illness but never received a specific diagnosis, his parents said. For a short time, Austin Goodner took medications to treat attention...

  • Medical pot businesses to battle black market for customers

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Black-market marijuana will be cheaper than legal medical cannabis, so when state-regulated retail shops open later this year, they'll need incentives to get patients in the door. A trade show in Chicago gave retailers some ideas, such as cannabis-infused premium...

  • North Dakota health officials warn about hantavirus

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Spring cleaning season is here and the North Dakota Health Department says people should be aware of the risk of being infected by hantavirus. Health officials are warning residents to be aware of the presence of rodents when cleaning up houses, barns,...

  • Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies. The Geneva-based U.N. agency has come under criticism for reacting too slowly to crises in recent years, including the Ebola outbreak in West...

  • German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and...

  • Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state is taking public comment on a request to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. A hearing is planned for Wednesday in Lansing. The petition was filed by Lisa Smith of Wayne County's Van Buren Township whose...

  • Animal protection group: suspected dog flu in Massachusetts

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based animal protection group says it's preparing for a possible influx of canine influenza after a terrier in Massachusetts came down with symptoms resembling those of a dog flu strain that has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest. Officials at the...

  • Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas. The Mexican Institute for Social Security...

  • Man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel. Kevin Tveisme, 28, of Portland, was injured in 2013 when his furnace clicked on,...

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