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Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat
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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 approves 20-week abortion ban
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hope to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected....

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....

House GOP eyes food stamp overhaul, possible requirements
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of people....