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Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem....

AP Exclusive: Twin tragedies give survivor a new face

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- He'd been waiting for this day, and when his doctor handed him the mirror, Andy Sandness stared at his image and absorbed the enormity of the moment: He had a new face, one that had belonged to another man....

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?

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Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, something insurers should cover? Mayo Clinic has raised that question by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research....




VP Pence's wife aims to raise awareness about art therapy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Karen Pence wants people to know that art therapy isn't exactly arts and crafts....

Michigan sports doctor to stand trial in sexual assault case
MASON, Mich. (AP) -- A sports doctor who treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics was ordered to stand trial Friday after a woman described how he sexually abused her for years during her childhood....

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies - and recording their attempts....

China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak
BEIJING (AP) -- China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions as it grapples with the worst outbreak of bird flu in years that has killed at least 87 people....

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) -- Tanzania's government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals in a country where gay sex is criminalized....

AP Explains: Why there's a US surge in mumps despite vaccine
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fifty years ago, mumps was once a childhood rite of passage of puffy cheeks and swollen jaws. That all changed with the arrival of a vaccine in the late 1960s, and mumps nearly disappeared....

NASCAR beefs up concussion testing before season begins
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was confident NASCAR took the right step Friday when it beefed up its concussion protocol by adding a consistent screening rule at all venues....