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AGs: Pelvic mesh implants caused dire complications
SEATTLE (AP) -- Dawna Hankins was scheduled to have a partial hysterectomy in 2008 when her doctor suggested implanting a vaginal mesh device at the same time to deal with minor incontinence....

Biden to host national cancer research summit in Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday....

Consider obesity surgery more often for diabetes: Guidelines

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- New guidelines say weight-loss surgery should become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are mildly obese....




Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before....

As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness
RIO, Fla. (AP) -- A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital....

South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City - the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months....

1 of 3 deaths in EU avoidable if optimal care was available
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's statistical agency says that one out of three deaths in the 28-nation bloc would be avoidable if optimal health care was available....

Concern in Haiti over emerging condition linked to Zika
MIREBALAIS, Haiti (AP) -- Berny Saint-Sauveur was moaning and incoherent when his family carried him into a hospital in central Haiti. He was unable to move, he later found out, because of an unusual paralysis syndrome linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus....

Romania: Hewlett Packard vows to probe suspected wrongdoing
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Tech giant Hewlett Packard said Tuesday it would investigate allegations of wrongdoing in a health services contract in Romania which prosecutors say cost the East European country 16.8 million euros ($18.8 million)....

France to tighten up drug trial rules after fatal incident
PARIS (AP) -- France's health minister presented a plan on Monday to tighten the rules regarding human drug trials following an experimental test that killed a volunteer in January....