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  • A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

    VIEQUES, Puerto Rico (AP) — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the […]
  • Rhode Island union wants courthouse shutdown due to bedbugs

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Union workers say a Rhode Island courthouse should be shut down over reports of bedbugs. The Providence Journal reports that the union representing court clerks and deputy sheriffs is asking the state judiciary to close the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence and relocate workers after bedbugs were found on the third […]
  • California: Drugmaker paid doctors to overprescribe Humira

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie illegally plied doctors with cash, gifts and services to prescribe one of the world’s best-selling drugs, Humira, despite its potentially deadly complications, a California official said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit by the state’s insurance commissioner accuses the company of a far-reaching kickback scheme that led […]
  • Judge to consider suspending Idaho’s abortion reporting law

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Lawyers are asking a U.S. judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking a new Idaho law requiring doctors to report extensive personal information to the state about women who have had abortions. The law, which took effect July 1, requires health care providers to disclose information about patients who had one […]
  • White House sets ‘new direction’ in biodefense strategy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday released a new biodefense strategy that it said takes a more comprehensive approach to preparing the nation for deliberate biological attacks and natural outbreaks of infectious disease. The goal of the strategy, which was required by Congress, is to more effectively prevent, prepare for and respond to […]
  • Day care owner accused of tying kids to car seats for hours

    MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours has been jailed on child endangerment charges. An affidavit says Rebecca Anderson also yanked a 6-month-old child by the bib around his neck, tied laces around the children’s necks to […]
  • Canadian marijuana imports OK’d by US for California study

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. The University of California San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced Tuesday […]
  • Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who have been hospitalized. Viviane Ursule Sanou, head of the National Secretariat against Circumcision, said Tuesday the banned procedure was carried out on girls and young women […]
  • Macron announces changes to France’s health care system

    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled plans to make France’s health care system, considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years. Macron announced organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies to provide health […]
  • South African court says marijuana use in private is legal

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s top court says adults can use marijuana in private. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a provincial court’s ruling in a case involving Gareth Prince, who advocates the decriminalization of the drug. Prince says cannabis should be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco. Government authorities have said […]