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  • Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Once a month, baby-toting young women gather in a YMCA conference room to share tips, talk about and demonstrate breast-feeding — an age-old yet sometimes shunned practice in their community. It’s part…

  • Study: Chances of driver dying in car crash plummets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths…

  • Illness sickens more than 300 Hampden-Sydney students

    FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Hampden-Sydney College is canceling classes until Monday after an illness sickened more than 300 students this week. An email to faculty and students on Thursday says residence halls and some areas…

  • Attempt to repeal abortion ultrasound law fails in Senate

    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…

  • Virginia Senate panel OKs marijuana derivatives for epilepsy

    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…

  • WHO: Ebola response shifts to ending epidemic

    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…

  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. The California Department of Public Health tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/15W9x2B) on Wednesday that 79 of those…

  • UN seeking $3.1 billion to help children at risk

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is appealing for $3.1 billion to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide, including those living in Ukraine, Syria and other conflict zones and in areas…

  • AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

    PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years,…

  • Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain…

  • Bernie Mac widow drops malpractice lawsuit against doctor

    CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of the late comedian Bernie Mac has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against his Chicago doctor. Rhonda McCullough alleged in the lawsuit that dermatologist Rene Earles failed to recognize signs…

  • California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls…

  • Things to know about potential e-cigarette health concerns

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top health official Ron Chapman on Wednesday slammed electronic cigarettes as a growing health threat and announced plans for a public awareness campaign. Some things to know about the concerns…

  • Brown University’s founding dean of medicine dies at 92

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The founding dean of Brown University’s medical school has died. Neuropathologist Dr. Stanley Aronson was 92. The university says Aronson died Wednesday in hospice care in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown President…

  • Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and…