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US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication....

Texas illegally curbs abortion clinics, Supreme Court rules
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state....

NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill expanding breast cancer screening
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is expanding access to breast cancer screening by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure....





Trial begins in lawsuit over spinal bone cement
SEATTLE (AP) -- The physician who used a non-FDA-approved bone cement during a woman's spinal surgery and the company that ran an illegal test market to promote the dangerous product should be held accountable for her death, a lawyer for the woman's daughter told a jury Monday....

New law supports first responders who treat injured pets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Until a new law was passed this spring, it was against the law in Ohio - along with many other states - for firefighters or paramedics to provide basic first aid to dogs and cats rescued from house fires, car accidents or other crisis situations. Only licensed veterinarians could do that....

Health insurer's limit on insulin pumps worries patients
Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis wasn't happy with her insulin pump and finally switched two years ago to another brand. Now her health insurer is pushing her to go back....

Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues....

Overdose deaths overwhelm medical examiner, coroner offices
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Soaring numbers of overdose deaths are adding to woes already plaguing medical examiner and coroner offices, resulting in a shortage of places to store bodies and long delays in autopsies and toxicology testing....

WHO plans urgent yellow fever vaccinations in Angola, Congo
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization is planning emergency vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Congo amid the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades that already is blamed for more than 400 deaths, health officials said Thursday....

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces?
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder....