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Mormon leader: We didn’t leave Boy Scouts, they left us

Nov. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday the church severed its century-long tie with the Boy Scouts of America because the organization made changes that pushed it away from the church. “The reality there is we didn’t really leave...

Alaska city’s residents offered blood testing for chemicals

Nov. 15, 2019 10:39 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a Southeast Alaska city will be able to have their blood tested to detect chemical contaminants that may have spread through its water supply, officials said. Samples will be taken next week in Gustavas, The Juneau Empire reported Thursday. The samples will be sent to...

Hundreds tested over tuberculosis diagnosis at SC med center

Nov. 15, 2019 6:35 AM EST

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people have been screened for tuberculosis after possible exposure to a patient recently diagnosed with the contagious disease. Lexington Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson says more than 300 free screenings have been completed on people who possibly came into...

Whitmer OKs bill to bar sale of cough suppressant to minors

Nov. 14, 2019 11:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription. The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and cold...

Feds: South Dakota doc made millions on unneeded surgeries

Nov. 14, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions of dollars by performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries, including one that left a patient partially paralyzed, federal prosecutors contend in a lawsuit against the doctor. Dr. Wilson Asfora enriched himself by using medical devices he...

US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack

Nov. 14, 2019 6:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems. Currently the drug, Vascepa, is approved for a relatively narrow group of patients with extremely...

South Dakota Sen. Rounds: Wife’s cancer surgery a success

Nov. 14, 2019 4:53 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds says his wife is resting at home after undergoing successful cancer surgery. Rounds says the couple returned home to Fort Pierre on Wednesday after Jean Rounds underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Rounds says his wife will now...

Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her administration announced a $1 million...

Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries held without bail

Nov. 14, 2019 2:51 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The website of a Virginia gynecologist describes his surgical skills as “unparalleled.” But federal prosecutors say many of the procedures Dr. Javaid Perwaiz performed on unsuspecting patients were unnecessary and unwanted, including hysterectomies and tubal ligations....

The Latest: Doctor accused of performing unneeded surgeries

Nov. 14, 2019 10:54 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a Virginia doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgeries on his ob/gyn patients (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A Virginia doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgical procedures on his patients has been ordered held without bail while he awaits trial. Dr. Javaid...