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  • Shot series offers protection from severe reactions to insect stings

    WASHINGTON — Late summer is prime season for insect stings as the normal sources of food for local bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps begins to dry up. Most people who are stung get a…

  • Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system. Once the proposed regulations are final, they should expand insurance coverage…

  • 9/11 recovery workers: Congress must renew health programs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers gathered at the World Trade Center site on Thursday to demand that Congress extend programs offering money and free health care to people exposed…

  • Young nurse asked to adopt newborn after mom dies of Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The 19-year-old mother clutched her newborn son as she arrived at the Ebola holding center. The child’s father was gone, and she had no family to help her. She knew…

  • Ukraine: sufficient vaccine coming to block polio outbreak

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One day after the World Health Organization confirmed two cases of polio in Ukrainian children, the country’s health minister says efforts are underway to import enough vaccine to prevent an outbreak.…

  • Annapolis clinic for uninsured children closing

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A nonprofit Annapolis clinic that serves children without health insurance is scheduled to close by the end of the month. The Capital of Annapolis (http://bit.ly/1O06GrA ) reports that 73-year-old nurse practitioner…

  • CVS says decision to stop tobacco sales has helped reduce smoking

    (NEW YORK) — One year after the company stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, CVS Health says it has seen impressive results. The national pharmacy chain stopped tobacco sales in September 2014, and since…

  • Ebola transmissions over in Liberia, enters 90-day watch

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The World Health Organization says Liberia has been declared free of Ebola transmissions and will be under heightened surveillance for 90 days. The organization said Thursday that 42 days – twice…

  • Can food allergies be prevented?

    In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics directed parents to delay feeding their babies foods linked with allergies, such as milk, eggs and peanuts, until ages 1, 2 and 3 respectively. A decade later, the…

  • Specially trained dogs help out farmers with disabilities

    MAYSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The demanding daily chores of a farmer were always a little different for Alda Owen, who is legally blind, able to see some blurry shapes and very close objects but not…

  • Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old’s parents

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents’ effort to block the operation because they say she’s mentally incompetent. Christine…

  • Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department’s inspector general said Wednesday, but “serious” problems with enrollment data make it impossible…

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming…

  • Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska nursing home located on the border with South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents next year to ease a severe care shortage in one…

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and a side effect from a vaccine…