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Q&A: The debate over the 'right to try' experimental drugs
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The idea is a political crowd-pleaser with a catchy slogan: giving desperately ill patients the "right to try" experimental medicines....

Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of water
CROSBY, Texas (AP) -- The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29....

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told
HOUSTON (AP) -- A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property....

Idaho to require personal details of women getting abortions
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho will require abortion providers to report how many times their patients have terminated a pregnancy in the past and other personal information under the latest anti-abortion law approved in the conservative state....

Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director
NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency....

Study: Medical bankruptcies may not be as common as thought
Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests....

Guinea worm disease transmission stopped in South Sudan
ATLANTA (AP) -- South Sudan has gone 15 months without a single reported case of Guinea worm disease, the nation's health minister said Wednesday, suggesting a major victory for global health officials trying to eliminate the painful affliction....

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007....

Conservative Utah lets women get birth control from pharmacy
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal....

Russia: Asking permission before taking organs is 'inhumane'
At least two lawsuits filed at a top European court claim Russia violated Europe's Human Rights Convention by removing organs from the recently dead without telling relatives....