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AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans were never too thrilled with "Obamacare" and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care?...

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

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CHICAGO (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage....

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia....




For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs
LONDON (AP) -- For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday....

Doctor who linked kids' lead exposure to health issues dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A pediatrician and University of Pittsburgh researcher who linked lead exposure in children to health and intelligence issues has died. Dr. Herbert Needleman was 89....

UK royals make pretzels, visit German cancer research center
HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a rowing regatta, visited a cancer research center and made pretzels in the university city of Heidelberg on the second day of their visit to Germany....

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar....

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis....

For many African girls, menstruation means humiliation
WAKISO, Uganda (AP) -- Some menstruating schoolgirls were locked in dormitories while their peers were in class. To avoid the humiliation, others stayed home....

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment....

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