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California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law

Jun. 20, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Assembly committee backed new rules for vaccination exemptions on Thursday following a raucous, hours-long hearing in the midst of a national measles outbreak and renewed scrutiny of immunization policies. The 9-2 vote showed support among lawmakers for a modified...

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

Jun. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010,...

UN: World population expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050

Jun. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, the United Nations said Monday. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division said in a new report that...

Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds

Jun. 10, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates. Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago. The previous work linked medical marijuana laws to slower than expected increases in...

Liz Weston: Don't believe these Social Security myths

Jun. 10, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

Researchers tell us that most people would be better off waiting to claim Social Security benefits. Yet most people file early. More than half apply for Social Security before they reach full retirement age, which is currently 66 and rising to 67 for people born in 1960 and later. More than 30% apply as soon...

Mutation that protects against HIV raises death rate

Jun. 3, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — People with a DNA mutation that reduces their chance of HIV infection may die sooner, according to a study that suggests tinkering with a gene to try to fix one problem may cause others. The study authors cited the case of the Chinese researcher who tried to produce this mutation in twin...

UN: Balkans faces alarming levels of air pollution

Jun. 3, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — People in all major cities across the western Balkans face alarming levels of air pollution that are reducing their life expectancies because the underdeveloped, politically fragile region is still heavily reliant on burning coal to generate power, the U.N. said Monday...

US pending home sales fell 1.5% in April

May. 30, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts on homes in April compared with the prior month, potentially signaling that rising prices have outweighed recent declines in mortgage rates. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 1.5% to a reading of...

Health paradox: New US diabetes cases fall as obesity rises

May. 28, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why. New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009. Earlier...

Cholesterol improves in US kids despite high obesity rates

May. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean...