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AP Top Health News at 4:33 a.m. EDT

Dutch probe 'appalling' euthanasia of dementia patient
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In a rare series of moves, Dutch authorities are investigating whether doctors may have committed crimes in five euthanasia cases, including the deaths of two women with advanced Alzheimer's disease....

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely
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LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in "a much safer way," meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease....

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional....





Woman's win of nursing home money a rarity in aging Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- When her stay at the glamorous Grancreer residence turned into a nightmare of disrupted sleep and difficulties with the staff, retired harpist Yumi Makino opted out, and after a two-year legal battle got her deposit money back in a rare victory over a big real estate company....

'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer....

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy....

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show....

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile
NEW YORK (AP) -- So you want to have a baby....

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better....

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients
CHICAGO (AP) -- There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says....