Health

A used syringe is shown on a sidewalk in San Francisco, Thursday, May 10, 2018. The city of San Francisco hands out millions of syringes a year to drug users but has little control over how they are later discarded and that's contributing to dirty streets and hundreds of complaints. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 10, 2018 - 8:16 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco hands out millions of syringes a year to drug users but has little control over how they are discarded and that's contributing to thousands of complaints. The city distributes an estimated 400,000 syringes each month through various programs aimed at reducing HIV...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016 file photo, a prescription is filled at a pharmacy in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, May 11 2018, Trump is scheduled to give his first speech on how his administration will seek to lower drug prices. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 10, 2018 - 8:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before taking office, President Donald Trump railed against the pharmaceutical industry and accused it of "getting away with murder." The populist rhetoric appears to be giving way to a more nuanced strategy focused on making the pharmaceutical market more open and competitive,...
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May 10, 2018 - 6:21 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's minister of health on Thursday announced the first death since a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the country, as well as nine other cases of people sickened by a hemorrhagic fever that is suspected as Ebola. Health officials declared an Ebola outbreak in the...
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May 10, 2018 - 4:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of California counties are suing drug makers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of 64,000 people in the United States in 2016 alone. The...
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2015 file photo shows marijuana plants a few weeks away from harvest in a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. A survey of U.S. cancer doctors released on Thursday, May 10, 2018, finds nearly half say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 10, 2018 - 4:06 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors...
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Mike Pack, of Akron, Ohio, speaks at a rally held by a coalition of groups seeking help in addressing the opioid crisis outside the federal courthouse in Cleveland on Thursday, May 10, 2018. The federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits filed by government entities collectively seeking billions of dollars to address the nation’s opioid crisis said Thursday he will continue to push for solutions to the problem while lawyers continue their settlement talks. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie)
May 10, 2018 - 2:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits filed by government entities collectively seeking billions of dollars to address the nation's opioid crisis said Thursday he will continue to push for solutions to the problem while lawyers continue their settlement talks. U.S...
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Marco Zambelli wears his prosthetic hand during an interview with the Associated Press in Rome Thursday, May 10, 2018. An Italian government-funded research institute and prosthetic maker unveiled a new robotic hand that they say amputees to grip objects with more precision, and with a mechanical design that will significantly bring down the price of a myoeletric prosthetic hand. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
May 10, 2018 - 2:07 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian researchers on Thursday unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and featuring a design that will lower the price significantly. The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics,...
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Picture shows 104-year-old Australian David Goodall in a room in Liestal near Basel, Switzerland, where he plans to end his life on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Swiss law currently allows assisted suicide for anyone who acknowledges in writing that they are taking their lives willingly — without being forced. The practice is frowned upon by many doctors and others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill. (AP Photo/Philipp Jenne)
May 10, 2018 - 10:51 am
LIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said. Exit International, the group that helped David Goodall carry out his wish, said the scientist was declared...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, collects fat from a patient's back as part of an experimental stem cell procedure in Beverly Hills, Calif. Federal prosecutors in California and Florida sued on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to stop Berman's and another company from providing stem cell treatments, alleging the clinics marketed their procedures as remedies for ailments including cancer and heart disease without proof of safety and efficacy. Berman, co-director of the California clinics, said he stands by his treatments and looks forward to fighting the lawsuit. (AP Photo/Raquel Maria Dillon, File)
May 09, 2018 - 9:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in California and Florida sued on Wednesday to stop two companies from providing stem cell treatments, alleging the clinics marketed their procedures as remedies for ailments including cancer and heart disease without proof of safety and efficacy. The firms...
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FILE - This 2016 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus, in red, about 40 nanometers in diameter. According to a study released on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, screening millions of blood donations for the Zika virus has netted only a few infections, raising questions about whether the costly current level of testing should continue. (Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC via AP)
May 09, 2018 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A new study finds that screening blood donations for the Zika virus netted only a few infections at a cost of more than $5 million for each positive test result. The study was the first large look at the impact of U.S. guidelines set two years ago, when the Zika epidemic was an...
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