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Senator: Is Medicare drug plan vulnerable to exploitation?

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior senator is examining whether Medicare's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies that set very high prices for medications....

Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die....

Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people's height
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia....





Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Ethan Dean has always dreamed of being a garbage man. He never tires of playing with toy garbage trucks and loves to watch the real ones drive past his house....

Doctors urged to check pregnant women for Zika at each visit
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant women about a possible Zika infection at every checkup....

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel....

Sushi restaurant worker among 93 Hawaii hepatitis A cases
HONOLULU (AP) -- A Hawaii outbreak of hepatitis A has grown to 93 cases, including an infected sushi restaurant worker who might have exposed diners, the state's Department of Health said Tuesday....

Watch for behavior changes for clues of dementia onset
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing - changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue....

First baby with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus - the first detected case in Spain....

Aid group: Yemen's dialysis centers at a 'breaking point'
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The international medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders is warning that thousands of Yemeni patients in need of dialysis face a life-threatening satiation after their treatment centers have been pushed to a "breaking point" because of the ongoing conflict....