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Walking is medicine? It helped high-risk seniors stay mobile

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity - mostly walking - helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes....

Research finds talc doesn't cause cancer; juries disagree

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. So who's right? And is baby powder safe?...




Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up business
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Drug giant Pfizer says it won't split into two publicly traded companies, despite pressure from investors frustrated by its lagging stock price, ending years of Wall Street speculation over its strategy and future....

Paris OKs disputed plan to transform highway into walkway
PARIS (AP) -- The Paris City Council has approved a controversial plan to transform a stretch of highway that runs along the Seine River through central Paris into a pedestrian-only zone....

Just say no to Narcan? Heroin rescue efforts draw backlash
CINCINNATI (AP) -- First responders in U.S. communities reeling from waves of heroin overdoses say some people tell them they should just say no to using so many resources on drug abusers....

Doctors 'prescribe' fresh produce with help from food banks
OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The idea is simple: Load fresh fruits and vegetables into a refrigerator truck and drive it to a health clinic, then have a doctor write a "prescription" for food to improve the diets of low-income people with diabetes and high blood pressure....

AP news guide: The Flint water crisis, a year on
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A year after the tap water in Flint was exposed as a source of dangerous levels of lead, residents of the impoverished city are still grappling with the man-made public health crisis, which has led to criminal charges and drawn attention in the presidential election....

6 Portland health providers give $21.5M for homeless housing
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Five major hospitals in Portland, Oregon, and a nonprofit health care plan said Friday they will donate a combined $21.5 million toward the construction of nearly 400 housing units for the city's burgeoning homeless and low-income population - a move hailed by national housing advocates as the largest private investment of its kind in the nation....

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives....