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US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago....

Surgeon General sounding alarm on teens' use of e-cigarettes

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth....

Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio House committee has voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks....





Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men....

Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage
Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage?...

Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday....

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America's second-largest state....

Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later
TOKYO (AP) -- Six decades after "Minamata disease" mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients....

Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup....