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  • Md. task force looking into new heroin epidemic

    WASHINGTON — Heroin use has risen dramatically across the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Maryland, a task force is looking at ways to tackle…

  • California right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.…

  • Missouri law allows tax exemption for stillbirths

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is joining at least one other state in offering a tax exemption for stillbirths, after Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law allowing it starting this year. The measure…

  • FDA approves new heart failure pill from Novartis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government regulators have approved a new pill from Novartis to treat heart failure, a deadly chronic disease that affects millions of U.S. patients. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination drug,…

  • USDA prepares for possible return of bird flu this fall

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top veterinary official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more money, surveillance and farm security is needed to fight off a possible return of bird flu this fall.…

  • The battle for control of the growing breast milk industry

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150…

  • Hot weather can be silent killer to the sick, elderly

    WASHINGTON — Local emergency rooms are seeing an uptick in patients with heat-related health problems. Most of them are workers or athletes who spend too much time outside in the high temperatures and need to…

  • Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Experts think the…

  • Patients lash out at ‘monster’ cancer doctor in fraud case

    DETROIT (AP) — Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from…

  • Oh, say, can you C? It’s a vitamin with lots of benefits

    WASHINGTON — Looking for the fountain of youth? You might want to fill your glass with orange juice and tomato juice. They’re great sources of vitamin C that might help you live longer. New research published in the…

  • Panel: Politics among reasons for botched UN Ebola response

    LONDON (AP) — The Ebola outbreak exposed the U.N. health agency’s organizational failings, a panel reported Tuesday — but it didn’t blame any individuals at the World Health Organization for its bungled response last year…

  • California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong opposition from lawmakers in Catholic districts and others ahead of a Tuesday vote. Aid-in-dying…

  • At least 5 kids got wrong immunizations at New Jersey clinic

    SALEM, N.J. (AP) — At least five children were given the wrong immunizations at a health clinic for the uninsured, including a 2-year-old boy who got an “excessive dose” of a cervical cancer prevention vaccine,…

  • #DontJudgeChallenge: Teens Protest Body Shaming Through Hashtag

    (NEW YORK) — A beauty trend is blowing up on social media where teens are posting thousands of videos with the hashtag, “dontjudgechallenge,” mocking glamour shots by intentionally making themselves look exceptionally unattractive. The hashtag…

  • Why Scuba Diving Should Be Prescribed to Wounded Veterans

    The Indianapolis 500 always falls around Memorial Day — the celebration of our nation’s military members. Pre-race festivities usually include a big-name concert, an elaborate national anthem and a roaring choreographed flyover of military aircraft.…