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  • Hospital efforts to save very premature babies vary widely

    They weigh as little as a pound yet force some of the toughest choices in all of medicine. Extremely premature babies face big differences in how hard hospitals try to save them, a study finds.…

  • Pharmaceutical firm wants lethal injection drugs returned

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drugmaker has asked states to return supplies of the company’s products that could be used for lethal injection in a broad request that included states that don’t use the drugs…

  • Using a smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote…

  • Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their…

  • Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting…

  • No agreement between Florida governor, feds on Medicaid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott says he and the Obama administration are still far apart on health care financing issues that have paralyzed the state’s efforts to pass a new budget. After…

  • EPA suggests triggers for warning of algae in drinking water

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing guidelines to help state and local officials detect dangerous levels of algal toxins in drinking water. EPA officials Wednesday released suggested thresholds that…

  • Striking Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Nurses in Zimbabwe are refusing to work the night shift in the southern African nation’s public hospitals and clinics in a nationwide strike over salaries. Striking nurses are demanding $150 for…

  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer undergoes appendectomy

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been sidelined with an appendectomy. Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship last season, could be held…

  • Missouri woman pleads guilty in relatives’ poisoning deaths

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has admitted that she plotted with her mother to fatally poison her brother and father using antifreeze, and that she attempted to kill her sister the same way.…

  • Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4 billion for Synageva BioPharma

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals will pay a huge premium to buy Synageva BioPharma in an $8.4-billion deal for a rare disease treatment maker that lost nearly $60 million in the first quarter and has no products on…

  • Broadway stars to celebrate B. Smith, help fight Alzheimer’s

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway stars and singers will come together next week to celebrate former model and restaurateur B. Smith and raise money to help people with Alzheimer’s disease. Tony Award-nominee Keith David, current…

  • What Keeps You Young?

    Places to go, people to see, things to do. Whether it’s zip lining down a gorge, acting onstage or cruising in a classic car, older adults find all sorts of ways to rejuvenate. More than…

  • GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business

    LONDON (AP) — British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline opted Wednesday to keep its stake in its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following a big deal with Switzerland’s Novartis. GSK said it has cancelled…

  • Disinfectant Wipes Reduce Risk of Foodborne Illnesses

    (TUCSON, Ariz.) — Those disinfectant wipes that have become a regular presence in the kitchen may be just what the doctor ordered to help eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses. University of Arizona researcher Dr.…