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American facing espionage charge in Russia undergoes surgery

May. 29, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An American on trial for alleged espionage in Russia has undergone emergency surgery. Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow in December 2018, had the surgery on Thursday, according to the US Embassy and the Russian Foreign Ministry. Whelan's brother David said in a statement that the...

Medical center in Honolulu resumes non-emergency surgeries

May. 21, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu has resumed non-emergency surgeries after gradually reopening clinics and other outpatient services over the past three weeks. Surgeries resumed Wednesday at the hospital's main operating room in Honolulu after officials reported a decrease in...

Dermatologist Dr. Seemal Desai poses for a photo in an examination room in his office in Plano, Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Desai uses the privacy of an examination room and a tablet computer to virtually visit with some of his patients. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Hospitals, health care sector reel from COVID-19 damage

May. 18, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. COVID-19 worries have kept patients away from doctors' offices and forced the postponement and cancellation of non-urgent surgeries. The pandemic also has...

Scars on Larry Ballman's face from surgery to remove a lump of squamous cell carcinoma are visible as he sits on the front porch of his Cleveland, Minn., home Thursday, April 30, 2020. The surgery was delayed because of the state's halt on elective medical procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Care delays took physical, mental toll on patients

May. 16, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Larry Ballman anxiously watched the cancer on the right side of his face and neck spread from late March into the first weeks of April. A lump of squamous cell carcinoma went from about half the size of a golf ball to an egg within a week, he said, and his discomfort grew with it....

Pennsylvania nurse union alleges continued rationing of PPE

May. 15, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

Pennsylvania state health officials are being "misinformed” about the availability of personal protective equipment inside hospitals, one of the state’s largest nurses’ unions alleges in a letter that says hospitals have “resorted to severe rationing” even as they resume...

This April 1, 2020 photo provided by Herb Hoeptner shows him and his wife, Diane, at the UCSF hospital in San Francisco the day after surgery to donate one of her kidneys to him. Organ transplants have plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities. But the team led by Dr. Chris Freise, interim transplant director at the University of California, San Francisco, allowed living kidney transplants for people like Herb Hoeptner, who was on the brink of needing dialysis.

Organ transplants dive amid virus crisis, start to inch back

May. 11, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organ transplants plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities, with surgeons wary of endangering living donors and unable to retrieve possibly usable organs from the dead -- and hospitals sometimes too full even when they could. Deceased donor transplants -- the most common kind --...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces the state could begin the first stage of its reopening process, if the rate of hospitalizations from the coronavirus and the number of patients in intensive care continue to level off into next week during a news conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Annapolis, Md. Hogan also said he is allowing elective surgery and some low-risk activities like golf, tennis, boating and fishing starting on Thursday. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Hogan to allow elective medicine, ease some restrictions

May. 6, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will allow elective medical procedures and ease some restrictions on outdoor activities that have been in place due to the coronavirus, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday, though schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. The governor said the state is getting...

Governor Tim Walz puts his mask back on at the conclusion of the press conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans to discuss the State of Minnesota's budget projection. The state's budget outlook crumbled from a $1.5 billion surplus to a projected $2.4 billion deficit in just two months, as the COVID-19 pandemic eats up tax revenue and Minnesota leaders accelerate spending to respond.   (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Pandemic projected to take $4B bite out of Minnesota budget

May. 5, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to take a nearly $4 billion bite out of Minnesota's budget, swallowing up the state's rainy day fund, Gov. Tim Walz's budget officials reported Tuesday. Minnesota Management and Budget said it now projects a nearly $2.43 billion deficit for the current...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo signs remind members of the media

California hospitals cite $14 billion in losses, seek aid

May. 4, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals have suffered as much as $14 billion in losses by postponing elective surgeries and other procedures to clear space in anticipation of a flood of coronavirus patients that never occurred, the hospital association said Monday in asking state lawmakers to...

ADDING CITY - In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a fertilizer factory in Sunchon, South Pyongan province, near Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of the fertilizer factory, state media said Saturday, May 2, 2020, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill.  Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

South Korea: Kim did not have surgery amid lingering rumors

May. 3, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery or any other medical procedure, a South Korean official said Sunday, amid speculation about his health that continues to linger even after he reappeared publicly in recent days. North Korea had said Saturday that Kim attended...