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  • NYU Langone reopening emergency room

    Updated: 15 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — NYU Langone Medical Center is set to reopen its emergency room for the first time since Susperstorm Sandy. The 22-square-foot facility has been upgraded and expanded. It will have more treatment rooms and space dedicated for pediatric emergencies when it reopens on Thursday. The Manhattan medical center evacuated 300 patients after it lost generator power because of the storm. The hospital has been reopening in phases. Most services were back by the end of January.

  • Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS virus

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says two more patients who became infected with a Middle East virus related to SARS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus. The ministry said on Thursday that the new cases from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were reported in the capital of Riyadh, as well as in the western city of Jiddah and the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The deaths bring to 83 the number of people who have died in the kingdom since contracting the virus in September 2012. The kingdom has recorded a total of 285 confirmed cases. On Monday, King Abdullah removed the country's health minister following a recent spike in MERS cases.

  • Judge to hear arguments in abortion lawsuit

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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman. Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or

  • Health official to discuss infant mortality at ASU

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal health official is scheduled to speak about the state's rising infant mortality rate at Alabama State University. Al.com reports Yvonne Maddox of the National Institutes of Health is expected to speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the ASU John Garrick Hardy Student Center (http://bit.ly/QzndZy ). Maddox is acting director of the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and will serve as the keynote speaker during the university's Baines-Woodruff Endowed Lectureship on Health Disparities. According to the state Department of Public Health, Alabama's infant mortality rate rose from 8.1 deaths per thousand to 8.9 deaths per thousand between 2011 and 2012.

  • Haslam: Prayer to help guide execution decisions

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will rely on prayer and advice from experts when he is faced with last-minute appeals from death row inmates facing execution. The Republican governor stressed at a forum hosted by the Christian group Q Ideas on Wednesday that he has yet to be confronted with death penalty decisions because of court-ordered delays. "So I can't honestly answer when it comes down to 11 o'clock the night before exactly what that would feel like and look like," Haslam said. Haslam said he would gather a team of experts in mental health and law enforcement and prosecutors to help him sort through the intricacies of each case.

  • New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

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    GENEVA (AP) — Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit. The company said Thursday that its net profit of nearly $2.97 billion, which was up from $2.42 billion in the same period last year, was helped by sales growth from some of its newest product launches, such as Gilenya for multiple sclerosis and Afinitor for cancer. The Basel, Switzerland-based company has been counting on these new drugs to offset patent expirations, such as its blockbuster heart drug Diovan which lost U.S. protection in 2012.

  • Marijuana rally at Statehouse Thursday

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    BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana advocates are calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to make better progress on licensing medical marijuana dispensaries. The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance is organizing a rally at the Statehouse Thursday afternoon and then will deliver a letter outlining their concerns to the governor. Matthew Allen, the group's executive director, says the goal is to try to shift attention back to residents who need marijuana to cope with long term illnesses such as cancer and chronic pain. He says too much focus has been placed on political intrigue around the 20 companies that have been awarded temporary licenses to become one of the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries.

  • Georgia Tech to host health care partnership forum

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is hosting a conference focused on ways academic institutions and medical facilities can collaborate in the technology and engineering fields to solve medical problems. The conference is being hosted at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center Tuesday. The conference is being led by Emory University and organizers say Georgia Tech and the Morehouse School of Medicine are partners. Wilbur Lam, an Emory and Georgia Tech faculty member and a physician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will also discuss two health care devices that are being developed through a medical and academic partnership. One is a smartphone attachment that would allow parents to diagnose ear infections in

  • Suicide prevention conference is Friday in capital

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest research on stopping youth suicide will be presented at the 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference on Friday in Springfield. The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Association among others, and will be held at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Officials say suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24. Nearly 5,000 young people take their lives yearly. But more people survive suicide attempts than die and are treated for self-inflicted injuries in emergency units. The conference's theme is "Preventing Suicide Among Youth and Young Adults: Everyone Has a Role." May is Mental Health Awareness Month and May 22 is Suicide P

  • Lake County school handed federal award

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An elementary school north of Chicago in Lake County has been handed a federal award for its environmentally friendly practices. Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake is one of 48 schools across the country recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a Green Ribbon Schools award. The schools were selected from submissions made by state education agencies. The Green Ribbon Schools recognition award honors schools that work to reduce their environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure environmental education. The LEED certified school has purchased more efficient water heaters and refrigerators, installed lights that turn on only when rooms are in use and redu

  • USC health lecture on nation's tobacco policy

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An international authority on the influence of public policy on individual's tobacco use is scheduled to speak at the University of South Carolina. The Arnold School of Public Health hosts Dr. Mike Cummings on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Russell House Theater. Cummings is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the influence of tobacco product marketing, product design and consumer risk perception as well as the influence of public policy on tobacco use. This event is free and open to the public. The Russell House Theater is located on Greene Street, and parking is available in the Bull Street Garage.

  • Free dental clinic to draw thousands in Hartford

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 2,000 patients are expected to seek free dental work at an annual clinic in Connecticut. The seventh annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford. Organizers say more than 1,600 volunteers will provide services such as X-rays, general health screenings, cleanings, fillings, oral surgery, extractions and temporary partial prosthetics. The clinic is first-come, first-served to those who come. A line of patients is expected to begin forming outside the XL Center's Trumbull Street entrance on Thursday evening and should continue during the night until the doors open at 6 a.m. Friday.

  • Safely dispose of old medicines at event Saturday

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans will be able to safely dispose expired, unwanted and unused prescription pills this Saturday during National Prescription Take-Back Day. The event is an effort to rid potentially dangerous prescription drugs from homes so they won't be abused or wind up in the water supply. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Nashville office is partnering with groups from around the state so people can drop off the medicines at a variety of locations. The DEA says the service is free and there will be no questions asked about the medication that is being disposed. Unused medications pose a public health and safety hazard because they could be accidentally ingested, stolen or abused. To find a n

  • Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia. Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries at the plant that has been turning waste into energy since 1987. "We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding," he said in a statement. "We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facil

  • Union sets Workers Memorial Day observance

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia AFL-CIO is planning a Workers Memorial Day Service next week in Benwood. Monday marks the state labor organization's 26th annual observance of Workers Memorial Day. The event set for 6 p.m. at the Benwood City Park honors 22 workers who died as a result of workplace accidents in West Virginia in 2013. The union says it also hopes Workers Memorial Day will bring greater attention to workplace conditions and further its efforts to enact safety and health legislation.

  • Albuquerque utility votes against fluoride

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has decided against adding more fluoride to the municipal water supply. The vote came during a meeting Wednesday night. In the same resolution, board members promised to revisit the issue after the federal government finalizes recommendations on optimal fluoride levels. They also agreed to enter discussions with Albuquerque Public Schools and the New Mexico Department of Health to collaborate on public awareness of dental health. The board was considering a measure that would have required the water authority to resume adding supplemental fluoride to the drinking water supply. It had stopped the practice in 2011 pending new federa

  • Notes from the La. Legislature's regular session

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana lawmaker is backpedaling at least slightly on his bill to give the governor more authority to remove New Orleans-area levee board members, part of an ongoing dispute over a board's lawsuit against the oil and gas industry. As his bill came out of committee, Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, proposed to give the governor authority to remove members if they violate state law "or public policy." Critics said the bill (Senate Bill 79) would introduce political meddling into state flood protection, rather than keeping the boards largely independent from the governor's office. So, Adley announced Wednesday that he was removing the "public policy" language.

  • WVa symptoms match with spilled chemical

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For two weeks following a January chemical spill into the public water supply, hundreds of West Virginians examined in emergency rooms had ailments consistent with exposure to the chemical, health officials said Wednesday. Federal toxic substance experts and the state Bureau for Public Health stopped short of saying that their analysis determined without a doubt that patients' problems stemmed from chemical contact. The Freedom Industries tank leak into the Elk River on Jan. 9 spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for four to 10 days. After the spill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly crafted a safety standard, which used limited lab rat research and accounted for two weeks

  • 2 former LA deputies accused of planting guns

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary, resulting in the arrest of a man who was sentenced to time in jail, authorities announced Wednesday. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, were charged last week with conspiracy and alteration of evidence by a peace officer while on duty in 2011. Martinez also is charged with perjury and filing a false report. Each could face more than seven years in state prison if convicted. They were free on bail Wednesday, and it wasn't immediately clear whether they had obtained attorneys. Martinez and Paez said they were on patrol on Aug.

  • Paraglider dies in hospital after weekend accident

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 32-year-old Utah paraglider has died after crashing over the weekend. Eric Hill died in the hospital Wednesday morning, said University of Utah Health Care spokeswoman Marissa Villaseñor. He had slammed into a hillside Sunday afternoon after barely lifting off from a steep rock bench in Draper known as Point of the Mountain, said Unified Fire Authority spokesman Brian Anderton. Hill, a California native, was about a quarter of the way through a journey to visit 200 countries in three years, said Kenny Eliason, the spokesman for Hill's trek, called the "Global Odyssey." Hill's parachute collapsed when he was hovering 10 feet to 15 feet above the ground, swinging as if on a pendulum, Anderton sa