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GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences....

Officials: South Beach halts Zika's spread, but risks remain
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Florida declared its crisis with local transmission of Zika over for the season Friday in a welcome announcement ahead of peak tourism months, but health authorities warned that travelers would continue bringing the disease into the state....

4 more Zika cases, likely homegrown, found in Texas

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DALLAS (AP) -- Four more cases of Zika that were likely transmitted by mosquito bites in Texas have been found in the same neighborhood where the state's first such case was discovered, state health officials said Friday....




New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem....

A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever....

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

Paris pollution: Medics on alert, outdoor sports not advised
PARIS (AP) -- With more asthmatic children needing hospital treatment in Paris amid exceptional air pollution, France's government put medics on alert Friday and warned residents to limit outdoor activity over the weekend....

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?...