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Elderly often face neglect in California care homes

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her final months, Elaine Geslicki, a bedridden dementia resident at a home for seniors in the Los Angeles area, had difficulty communicating. But by the time the owner of Court Yard Estates sent her to the hospital in an ambulance, the severe pressure sores and bite marks from rats...

Oregon man imprisoned for importing fentanyl from China

Sep. 19, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for importing fentanyl from China. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported 28-year-old John William Schantz was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Portland. Schantz pleaded guilty to one count of importing a...

Judge denies Missouri request to allow 20-week abortion ban

Sep. 18, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Missouri to allow a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy to go into effect while the state waits for further court action. The Kansas Star reports that U.S. District Court Judge Howard Sachs had previously paused parts of Missouri's...

Purdue Pharma asks judge to stop lawsuits against Sacklers

Sep. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that's filed for bankruptcy , as Purdue did this week in an...

16 nursing homes to accept opioid-addicted patients

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts nursing homes will now accept patients being treated for opioid addiction. Athena Health Care Systems reached a settlement on Tuesday with the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to forgo a practice that has long-remained common among nursing homes. Athena...

Will combo pill catch on in US to prevent heart attacks?

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes. Experts said the study may draw U.S. interest to a strategy that has...

Mainers will likely have final vote on vaccine exemptions

Sep. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to undo state lawmakers' elimination of religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines will be decided by a statewide vote in March if petitions submitted Wednesday are validated by the state. Mainers for Health and Parental Rights delivered more than 77,000 signatures...

UConn men's coach Hurley back at work after spinal surgery

Sep. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he spent his life believing that when it came to his health, he was bulletproof. But that was before being told by doctors in August that he had a degenerative spinal condition that could have left him paralyzed. Hurley returned to work...

Transgender man can sue Catholic hospital over hysterectomy

Sep. 18, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California transgender man can go ahead with a discrimination lawsuit against a Catholic hospital that canceled his hysterectomy, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturns a lower court ruling dismissing the...

Teen vaping of nicotine jumped again this year, survey finds

Sep. 18, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A greater share of U.S. teens are vaping nicotine e-cigarettes. About 25% of high school seniors surveyed this year said they vaped nicotine in the previous month, up from about 21% the year before. The University of Michigan study was published online Wednesday by the New England Journal...