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AP Top Health News At 4:34 a.m. EDT

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick....

VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job....

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement
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BALTIMORE (AP) -- For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear....





Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools
CHICAGO (AP) -- Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools - their health may also benefit, a study suggests....

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre....

Check doctors' vitals, before they check yours
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that....

Tips for choosing a doctor
A referral from another physician or family and friends is a first step in choosing a doctor, but specialists advise doing some research to finalize your choice....

Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found that needles had been reused....

Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges, saying the senator had no grounds to sue....

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade
NEW YORK (AP) -- The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S....