GOP, Democrats team up to address surprise medical bills
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other concerns, from prescription drug costs to uneven vaccination rates.
New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer
SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions.
Faces of concussions: NHL's head-on battle with an epidemic
HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — Wearing a black shirt with "Fight for your happiness" on the front and "Sick not weak" on the back, Daniel Carcillo eats an apple as his wife makes a cappuccino nearby and their oldest daughter scampers around the kitchen.
UN health agency seeks to halve number of snakebite deaths
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030.
Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center
SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S.
US lawmakers demand UN health agency change opioid guidance
Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on the World Health Organization to withdraw pain care guidelines that include what they say are false claims about the safety of prescription opioids.
Tougher vaccine rules move forward in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with tougher rules that limit parents from choosing whether to vaccinate their schoolchildren as a handful of opponents shouted "We will not comply" inside the Senate.
Mandatory overtime for nurses at center of hospital strike
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A hospital strike now in its third week is putting a spotlight on staffing shortages at the same time Ohio lawmakers are debating legislation that would allow nurses to refuse mandatory overtime.
Harris, Gillibrand offer plans to bolster maternal care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic women running for president unveiled plans Wednesday to improve maternal health care, with Sen. Kamala Harris reintroducing a bill aimed at addressing racial disparities in childbirth care and Sen.
Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say.
Gillibrand proposes more access to maternal care, adoption
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) says she wants to improve women's access to maternal care and make adoptions and high-tech fertility treatments more accessible to those who want children.
Harris' bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue.
Lilly selling half-price version of popular Humalog insulin
A half-price version of Eli Lilly's popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company's promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices.
Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are bucking a national trend of restrictive abortion laws by voting to repeal requirements that physicians document a pregnant woman's marital status and tell her about the "emotional implications" of an abortion.
Mississippi abortion law 'smacks of defiance,' US judge says
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that he is likely to block a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Correction: WHO Travel story
LONDON (AP) — In a story May 20 about travel spending at the World Health Organization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that information about the organization's travel spending was obtained from internal documents.
Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority.
Vermont attorney general sues owners of opioid manufacturer
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's filed suit against eight members of the family that owns the drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be partly responsible for the opioid crisis.
900-lb. man pleads guilty in drug case while in ambulance
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who weighs more than 900 pounds (410 kilograms) pleaded guilty in a federal cocaine conspiracy case Tuesday during a hearing that was held in a courthouse loading dock as the defendant lay on a stretcher inside an ambulance.
Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in 'Cuckoo's Nest'
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land.
Poland's sextuplets doing fine as mom visits her newborns
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 29-year-old Polish mother who gave birth to sextuplets has been able to leave her hospital bed and visit her babies in another ward, where the infants are said to be doing fine, doctors said Tuesday.
Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN
PARIS (AP) — A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.
Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates
CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal.
California eyes health care for immigrants in US illegally
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lilian Serrano's mother-in-law had lots of stomach problems, but she always blamed food. Doctors at a San Diego-area clinic suspected Genoveva Angeles might have cancer, but they could not say for sure because they did not have the equipment to test for it and Angeles, who had been in the country illegally for 20 years, could not afford to see a specialist and did not qualify for state assistance because of her immigration status.
Ex-nurse accused of raping patient appeals HIV testing order
PHOENIX (AP) — A former nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care facility has appealed a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.