With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding.
Officials: Temple mumps outbreak swells to 74 likely cases
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia health officials say they now believe 74 people have contracted mumps at Temple University. City Department of Health spokesman James Garrow said Wednesday there are 15 confirmed cases and 59 probable cases, all but three of them in Philadelphia.
US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., the nation's top medical advisers said Wednesday.
Science Says: Tiny 'water bears' can teach us about survival
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S.
EPA argues for shifting focus from climate change to water
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.
APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund
COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration.
Officials: Air is safe near Houston-area petrochemical fire
Houston authorities on Tuesday assured residents that there were no measureable air-quality problems from a petrochemical storage terminal fire despite a huge black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.
San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first U.S.
Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds
LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.
FDA approves drug for treating postpartum depression
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug specifically developed for severe depression after childbirth.
Jury: Roundup weed killer is major factor in man's cancer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits.
Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked.
UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible'
GENEVA (AP) — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be "irresponsible" for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump plays down white nationalist threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be oblivious to the threat of white nationalism. Following a deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, he said white supremacy isn't a rising danger.
Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Three decades ago, Lori Ann Bourgeois was guarding fighter jets at an air base. After her discharge, she fell into drug addiction.
Apple Watch may spot heart problem but more research needed
WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat at least sometimes — but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps.
Newer heart valves may let more people avoid surgery
Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. New studies suggest it's OK and often better to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.
Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate
The latest U.S. research on eggs won't go over easy for those who can't eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 ½ eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs.
EPA bans consumer use of deadly paint stripper, in rare step
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday banned consumer use of a popular but deadly paint stripper but stopped short of also banning commercial use of the product by tradespeople.
More charges in $50M state benefits prescription drug probe
A police officer and three firefighters were among seven people indicted this week in an alleged $50 million prescription drug scheme involving public employees, the latest charges in an investigation that has already produced nearly two dozen guilty pleas.
The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The way most of us speak today is shaped in part by how long ago our ancestors gave up chewing tough, raw meat.
Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO
GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported.
WHO: Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight
GENEVA (AP) — The director-general of the World Health Organization says recent attacks on Ebola treatment centers in Congo threaten to reverse the gains that have been made in fighting the epidemic.
No dental insurance? Discount plans can provide savings
WASHINGTON (AP) — No dental insurance? You're not alone. Roughly 1 in 4 Americans don't have dental coverage, according to industry figures.