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AP Top Health News at 12:54 a.m. EST

Oregon approves new taxes to address Medicaid costs
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Tuesday that asked voters - and not lawmakers - how to pay for Medicaid costs that now include coverage of hundreds of thousands of low-income residents added to the program's rolls under the Affordable Care Act....

Philadelphia wants safe injection sites to help opioid fight
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia wants to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic, officials announced Tuesday, saying they are seeking outside operators to establish one or more in the city....

Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor....





Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Report says not clear yet
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Electronic cigarettes could be a boon to public health or a major liability, depending on whether they help Americans quit smoking or encourage more young people to try traditional cigarettes, a new report concludes....

Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it "devastating" because Trump went where no administration had gone before....

Kenyans accuse largest hospital of rape, abuse of patients
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Hundreds of Kenyans held a peaceful demonstration at the country's largest public hospital on Tuesday to demand that management act on allegations of rape and sexual harassment of patients....

Beaches open after sewage spill on California Central Coast
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) -- Eight beaches on California's Central Coast reopened after nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean over the weekend, official said Tuesday....

Heat-not-burn cigarette alternative faces US scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A device that heats tobacco without burning it reduces some of the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes, but government scientists say it's unclear if that translates into lower rates of disease for smokers who switch....

German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals
BERLIN (AP) -- A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday....

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care
MIAMI (AP) -- The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country....