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New York City gives letter grades for food cart cleanliness

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New York City's iconic food carts are starting to get health department letter grades, giving on-the-go workers and tourists alike a quick reference for cleanliness and safety. More>>

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Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

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A report says limiting meat is optimal for people and the planet, but not everyone agrees. More>>

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

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The nation's deadly opioid crisis is bringing new and unwanted attention to the wealthy Sackler family and complicating its philanthropic legacy. More>>

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

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Lawsuits are seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the opioid crisis in the US, but one family is getting a lot of the scrutiny. More>>

UN health agency: Rising misconduct reports are 'positive'

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The World Health Organization says it is seeing increasing reports of misconduct reported by staffers within the U.N. health agency, describing the trend as "a positive thing.". More>>

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

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No one has been convicted of a felony in the Flint water investigation, three years after the start of a state criminal probe. More>>

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

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New dilemma in teen vaping epidemic: no approved medications to ween young people off nicotine. More>>

Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

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Health officials see possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect. More>>

Trump administration proposes higher 'Obamacare' premiums

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Trump administration proposal would lead to higher 'Obamacare' premiums. More>>

Dispute over rules riles California's legal pot market

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California has finalized hundreds of pages of rules governing the nation's largest legal pot market, but the dense regulations are unlikely to settle long-running disputes over testing and home deliveries. More>>

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

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On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists. More>>

Idaho woman has 50-pound tumor removed

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An Idaho woman who thought she was gaining weight because of menopause discovered she actually had a 50-pound tumor that had been growing inside her for decades. More>>

The Latest: Dem says EPA's Wheeler 'as extreme' as Pruitt

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, is describing himself as a champion of deregulation and the environment. More>>

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

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Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs. More>>

Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

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Massachusetts court filing says company that makes opioid sought 'blizzard of prescriptions' when it launched the drug in the 1990s. More>>

FDA resuming some food inspections halted by shutdown

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FDA to resume inspections of riskier food despite government shutdown. More>>

Third party to run center where comatose woman had baby

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An Arizona care facility where a woman in a vegetative state was raped and then gave birth must relinquish control to an outside party. More>>

Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide

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A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. More>>

Too much brine? Study highlights growing toxic brine problem

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According to a U.N.-backed report, desalination plants are producing 142 million cubic meters (5,014 million cubic feet) of brine each day. More>>

Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm's rape investigation

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The owner of a long term care facility in Arizona where a patient in a vegetative state was impregnated in a sexual assault has hired metro Phoenix's former longtime top prosecutor to review circumstances that led up to the rape. More>>

Hospital: Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

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An Ohio hospital system says an intensive care doctor ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked to stop lifesaving measures. More>>

Supreme Court rejects appeal over military burn pits

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The Supreme Court is rejecting appeals from military veterans who claim they suffer health problems because of open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

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Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia. More>>

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

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Health care proposals are among the first actions for some new Democratic governors and Democratically controlled legislatures. More>>

US flu season poised to be milder than last year's harsh one

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Officials the current flu season is shaping up to be milder, after last year's brutal one. More>>

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'

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A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition". More>>

Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels

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Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels showing the beer's ingredients and calories as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving. More>>

EU OKs Poland's wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

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The European Union's executive body has supported Poland's massive killing of wild boar as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever. More>>

The Latest: Official decries blocking of birth control rules

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A federal judge in Philadelphia is imposing a nationwide injunction on new Trump administration rules that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. More>>

Surgeons fear pelvic mesh lawsuits will spook patients

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Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options _ or maybe even push the products off the market. More>>

Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

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Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation that echoes some of his own themes. More>>

Center where comatose woman had baby faced criminal probe

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State regulators reportedly wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix long-term care facility years before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth. More>>

No stethoscope for pain: Scientists seek real way to measure Video included

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There's no stethoscope for pain: Scientists are seeking ways to finally take a real measure of the ache so patients no longer have to hope they're describing it right. More>>

Food giants undermined China's obesity fight, scholar says

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A new research paper says a food industry-funded group undermined China's efforts to keep obesity rates in check. More>>

Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

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Activists are asking a judge to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver. More>>

911 audio shows shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth

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Court documents show an Arizona woman in a vegetative state who was sexually assaulted and had a baby received a medical exam nearly nine months before giving birth. More>>

'Don't feed the fatberg': Huge mass blocks English sewer

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A British official say a giant "fatberg" _ a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long _ has been found blocking a sewer in a southwestern English town. More>>

Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

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Congo says healthy baby born to mother who recovered from Ebola, rare bright spot in outbreak. More>>

Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

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Researchers are creating a cellphone app that can tell if someone's overdosed on opioids and summon help. More>>

Routine food inspections halted by US government shutdown

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Federal regulators aren't doing routine food inspections because of partial federal shutdown. More>>

Crossing the sea: EU Medicines Agency shifts to Amsterdam

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The European Union's Medicines Agency has started shifting its work from London to Amsterdam in a concrete consequence of Britain's looming departure from the bloc. More>>

Comatose woman who had baby is hospitalized, police say

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Police in Phoenix have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility where a patient in a vegetative state for years gave birth. More>>

US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

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The U.S. cancer death rate has now been falling for 25 years _ an important milestone in the overall decline. More>>

US officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

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US health officials say food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce is over. More>>

Fetal heartbeat: New abortion-related fight in Kentucky

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Already mired in three lawsuits challenging abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers ratchet up stakes with new bill to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. More>>

Judge dismisses opioid crisis lawsuits against drugmakers

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A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers brought by 37 cities and towns in the state that blame the companies for the opioid crisis. More>>

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

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Analysis finds annual US spending on medical marketing reaches $30 billion; drug ads top surge. More>>

Eli Lilly giving price info on advertised drugs via website

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Drugmaker Eli Lilly starts posting list prices and out-of-pocket costs, with TV ads directing patients to a website. More>>

Washington governor, NY mayor push expanded health coverage

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Washington Gov. and likely presidential candidate Jay Inslee is proposing a public health insurance option for state residents. More>>

Europe's top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

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Europe's top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium's leading euthanasia doctors. More>>

Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600,000 people

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without insurance, including immigrants in the U.S. illegally. More>>

New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients Video included

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A suburban Michigan woman and a South Side Chicago father have forged a new friendship at the University of Chicago Medicine after each received a new heart, kidney and liver within 30 hours. More>>

Family of woman in vegetative state outraged after baby born

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The CEO of a private health care facility in Phoenix has resigned after reports that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. More>>

High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case

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The Supreme Court seems likely to side with drugmaker Merck in a dispute over the warning label on its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax. More>>

Drugmakers seek sanctions over '60 Minutes' comments

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Several drug manufacturers targeted in lawsuits over the opioid crisis have asked a federal judge in Cleveland to sanction Ohio's governor-elect and two other lawyers for statements made in television interviews. More>>

Bristol-Myers Squibb buying Celgene in $74B deal

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Bristol-Myers Squibb is buying Celgene in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $74B. More>>

Sweden: No Ebola virus detected in hospital patient

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Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus. More>>

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

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Congolese flee to Uganda after troubled presidential election, raising Ebola fears. More>>

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

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Annual spending by US health industry on ads and promotions reaches $30 billion. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Edit baby genes for health, not smarts

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AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans support gene editing of embryos to prevent diseases but not to make youngsters smarter, faster or taller. More>>

NYC pharmacies can't sell cigarettes starting Jan. 1

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New York City pharmacies, and big stores that include pharmacies, won't be allowed to sell cigarettes starting Tuesday. More>>

The Latest: WHO warns against Congo 'prolonged insecurity'

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The Latest: WHO chief warns against 'prolonged insecurity' in Congo amid Ebola outbreak. More>>

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom

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Thailand's legislature has agreed to amend the country's drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as the kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller. More>>

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

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Marijuana industry had seminal year in 2018, with legalization spreading in the US and across Canada, billions invested in cannabis companies and even a cannabis-based drug getting regulatory approval. More>>

Congo delays Sunday's election for months in Ebola zone

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Congo delays Sunday's presidential election for months in areas of deadly Ebola outbreak. More>>

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