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Missouri cites economy, eligibility checks for Medicaid drop

Aug. 20, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials are citing an improved economy as one of several factors that led to close to 90,000 children being dropped from the state's Medicaid health insurance program in the past year, although some lawmakers are still unsatisfied with the explanation. Acting Social...

Teen sues doctor, hospital for sexual harassment

Aug. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and her father have sued Appalachian Regional Healthcare, saying that the girl and at least 20 others were sexually harassed by a physician in West Virginia. The Register-Herald reports the lawsuit was filed Monday against Dr. Zouhair Kabarra and the Kentucky-based...

UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Aug. 19, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases. Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed...

New Hampshire getting $5M public health grant

Aug. 19, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting a $5 million federal grant to analyze efforts to reduce children's blood-lead levels and identify human health impacts from flooding, among other projects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant will allow the state's Public Health...

Correction: Vaccination Lawsuit-Kansas story

Aug. 19, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

STILWELL, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about a Kansas couple suing to keep from vaccinating their son, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the couple lived. The couple is from northeastern Kansas, not northwestern Kansas A corrected version of the story is below: Kansas couple sue to keep son...

New Illinois license plates to help fight pediatric cancer

Aug. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' newest specialty license plate will raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday to create the license plate. It will take effect Jan. 1. The measure was passed in honor of Jonny Wade, an 8-year-old who died of cancer, and other...

Cause of death unknown for baby found in Amazon trash can

Aug. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of death for a baby found in a trashcan in the restroom of an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reported Friday that at the time of the autopsy by the Maricopa County medical examiner it was unknown whether the baby was...

New York issues stricter rules on vaccine medical exemptions

Aug. 16, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials have issued emergency regulations restricting medical exemptions from vaccination for children attending school or child care. The increased scrutiny of medical exemptions was announced Friday and follows the elimination of religious exemptions. The new...

Officials: More kids in Mass. ingesting marijuana products

Aug. 16, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health care officials say there has been an increase in calls to the state's poison control center about toddlers ingesting marijuana products. The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention says the number of calls about children 5 years old and younger nearly tripled in...

Response plans required after fatal outbreak under NJ law

Aug. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed into law a measure requiring certain long-term care facilities to submit outbreak response plans to the state. The new law came in response to the deaths of 11 children last year at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. One...