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  • Keep the volume down! UN issues guidelines for audio devices

    GENEVA (AP) — Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era. The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union on Tuesday presented new standards, or voluntary guidelines, […]
  • Counseling urged to prevent depression in at-risk new moms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors already are supposed to screen new mothers for depression, to find those who need prompt care. Now they’re also being urged to identify women at risk — because counseling could prevent depression from setting in. Up to 1 in 7 women experience what’s called perinatal depression, depression during pregnancy or after […]
  • Hospital tightens drug access, rules after excessive dosages

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system that found a doctor ordered possibly fatal doses of powerful painkillers for dozens of patients has tightened policies and drug access to address problems in pharmaceutical services that jeopardized Medicare participation for two hospitals, according to corrective plans submitted to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]
  • Millennial money: Minimalism can declutter finances, too

    Christian Matney, 22, and his wife, Aubry, 23, haven’t let their youth hinder them from big financial goals. The Austin, Texas-based couple — content creators at YouTube channel The Matneys — are travelers, entrepreneurs and homeowners, thanks in part to their commitment to financial minimalism . The approach involves decluttering accounts, obligations and balance sheets. […]
  • The Latest: Judge keeps Planned Parenthood names sealed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Undercover Planned Parenthood video case (all times local): 5 p.m. A judge says the names of 14 Planned Parenthood workers and others will remain sealed during the prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with secretly recording them. The ruling came Monday in San Francisco despite the publication of […]
  • Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it cleared a final vote in the Republican-led Legislature, calling […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Socialist Maduro seeks to raise dollars with appeal to greed CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s currency controls for years have made exchanging money a stressful ordeal of searching for illegal currency dealers, logging into banned websites, and sending wire transfers to foreign banks. But as President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government runs out of hard […]
  • Virginia animal shelter seeks suspect after dog set on fire

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials at a Virginia animal shelter say a dog was set on fire at a city park and suffered burns to over 40 percent of its body. Richmond Animal Care and Control says in a Facebook post that the male brindle pit bull was tied to a pole in a city […]
  • What the FDA’s actions mean for dietary supplements

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday to step up its policing of dietary supplements, which it said has mushroomed into a $40 billion industry with more than 50,000 products. The agency warned 17 companies for illegally making claims about their products’ ability to treat diseases. Here’s a look at […]
  • Court case to tackle jails’ medication-assisted treatment

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine started making its case in federal court on Monday against the ban on medication-assisted treatment in county jail amid the opioid crisis. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills recently lifted the Maine Department of Corrections’ ban on medication-assisted treatment. The ACLU’s lawsuit filed in September argued […]