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DNA, genealogy research lead to teen's arrest in sex assault

Oct. 21, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they used DNA testing and genealogy research to arrest a teenager in the gunpoint sexual assault of a woman in a suburban Philadelphia park. Nineteen-year-old Mason Alexander Hall is being held on $1 million cash bail in the August 2017 attack at Norristown Farm Park....

Study raises fresh dementia concerns from playing pro soccer

Oct. 21, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland finds that they were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared with the general population but more likely to die from dementia. The results raise fresh concerns about head-related risks from playing...

Correction: HUD Funding-Illinois story

Oct. 21, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about two Illinois schools getting funding to study ways to educate the public about housing-related health and safety hazards, The Associated Press used the wrong shortened name for the Illinois Institute of Technology in the headline. It is Illinois Tech, not IIC. A...

Study points to virus as culprit in kids' paralyzing illness

Oct. 21, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children. The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is very rare. Since the first reports from California in 2012,...

Officials study fire at California fuel site after quake

Oct. 16, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...

Study: 'Medicare for All' not only way to universal coverage

Oct. 16, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care memo to Democrats: There's more than one way to get to coverage for all. A study out Wednesday finds that an approach similar to the plan from former Vice President Joe Bide n can deliver about the same level of coverage as the government-run "Medicare for All" plan from...

New study: Opioid crisis cost US economy $631B over 4 years

Oct. 15, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries. The biggest driver of the cost over the four-year period is unrealized lifetime earnings of those who died from the...

Dow Inc. CEO contributes $6M to new health institute

Oct. 14, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The CEO of Dow Inc. has donated $6 million to a new University of Missouri health institute that is focused on personalized medicine. The university said Friday that the gift from Jim Fitterling is one of the first from an individual donor for the NextGen Precision Health Institute....

Wisconsin boy sparks campaign to find bone marrow donors

Oct. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — Don't call Holden Zarda a superhero, because they aren't real. Instead of nabbing villains in imaginary webs or taking down the Joker with a few well placed BAMS!! and POWS!! 10-year-old Holden is working to save hundreds — thousands eventually — suffering from...

US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies

Oct. 7, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems, decades after mining for Cold War weaponry ended on their reservation, a U.S. health official Monday. The early...