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3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death....

Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General....

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April....




Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall....

APNewsBreak: Problems remain at troubled Washington hospital
SEATTLE (AP) -- Inspectors who visited Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients....

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which had gotten a skeptical reception at the Capitol....

FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders
Federal regulators on Friday approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders....

After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Drawn-out deaths. Communities torn apart. Survivor's guilt. Patrick Fallah says his memories of the days when the Ebola virus swept through Liberia are so awful that he sometimes has trouble focusing on the present....

Indian public health group loses permit for foreign funds
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's government has canceled permission for foreign funding for one of the country's main public health organizations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation....

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A simple question - should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? - could lead to major changes in the social safety net....