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Thousands participate in Providence breast cancer walk

Oct. 20, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of people, many decked out in pink, showed in Providence for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Organizers of the American Cancer Society event tell WPRI-TV about 15,000 people participated in Sunday's event, and raised nearly $550,000 for cancer...

Pan-Mass Challenge raises $63M for Dana-Farber

Oct. 20, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Pan-Mass Challenge charity bicycle ride raised a record-breaking $63 million this year for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The gift announced Saturday is the largest single donation in the history of Dana-Farber. The Pan-Mass Challenge has now raised $717 million for cancer...

Democrats target prescription drug affordability, access

Oct. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate are working on a package of bills aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable and accessible. Lawmakers say the measures will allow the importation of low-cost medications from Canada and will expand drug pricing transparency. Other bills...

Vaping industry spends big in Montana

Oct. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The vaping industry spent more than $554,000 lobbying Montana lawmakers and donating to campaigns from 2016 to 2019. The Billings Gazette reports that Montana health officials earlier in October documented the state's first death from vaping and earlier reported at least two cases of...

Grant to help Washington U. address cancer disparities

Oct. 20, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A $7.6 million federal grant will help Washington University in its effort to reduce cancer disparities in parts of Missouri and central and southern Illinois. The grant from the National Cancer Institute was announced Wednesday. It will fund creation of the St. Louis-based university's...

Utah transgender nonprofit opens office in Orem

Oct. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A project that started as a way for one transgender person to pay for gender-confirmation surgery has grown into a Utah-based nonprofit helping others who can't afford the procedure. Ian Giles founded the organization Genderbands, which provides free chest binders and awards surgical...

HUD giving UIC, IIC $2.7 million to study health hazards

Oct. 20, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $1.7 million and the Illinois Institute of Technology is receiving $1 million from the federal government to look for ways to educate the public about housing-related health and safety hazards. In a news release, the U.S. Department of Housing...

Start-up company helps nursing home residents see the world

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Jim Halsey, 83, has traveled in his life to Japan and South Korea, through Europe and Central America. One recent day, he squatted in a narrow, wooden boat and watched as an elephant trudged through a swamp in Botswana. Halsey, who was an intellectual-property lawyer before he...

Where you die can affect your chance of being an organ donor

Oct. 20, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved. But the local organ collection agency said no. It gave no reason, no explanation to his family, though the Connecticut man appeared to be a well-qualified...

Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Oct. 20, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals. Sen. Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry. A study by Healthy...