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  • Study: Many hospitals stop giving free formula to new moms

    CHICAGO (AP) — Many U.S. hospitals have abandoned sending breastfeeding new moms home with formula freebies, according to government researchers who found a big decline in a practice they say discourages nursing. In 2013, just…

  • Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

    HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrators planted coconut trees and waved signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters on Saturday complained about the…

  • Officials: $1M spent on medical care for jailed Chicago teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — A talented teenage basketball player unable to post bond on a low-level burglary charge ended up ingesting screws, needles, a 4-inch piece of metal and other objects while behind bars, leading the…

  • Florida woman released in jailing over son’s circumcision

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son’s circumcision has been released after nine nights behind bars. Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released at…

  • Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

    NEW YORK (AP) — For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life. She always thought she would live out her days as she had for decades, in…

  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

    LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. “We…

  • Teen dies of cancer weeks after prom with NFL player

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hospital officials say a Jacksonville teenager with liver cancer who went to her high school prom with an NFL player has died. Wolfson Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton tells The Florida…

  • Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund

    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…

  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year’s elections. It’s not the uninsured, but rather the…

  • German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

    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…

  • Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month…

  • Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children

    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…

  • Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday. The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult…

  • After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son’s circumcision

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman’s yearslong battle with her child’s father over the boy’s circumcision ended Friday after she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail. In a…

  • Dentist accused of running ‘house of horrors’ agrees to quit

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children’s dentist accused of running a “house of horrors” that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing medicine. Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville…