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Q&A: The debate over the 'right to try' experimental drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea is a political crowd-pleaser with a catchy slogan: giving desperately ill patients the "right to try" experimental medicines.

Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of water

CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29.

House approves bill aimed to help aid terminally ill people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a Republican bill making it easier for terminally ill people to use unproven treatments.

Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency.

Study: Medical bankruptcies may not be as common as thought

Medical bills can push patients over the financial cliff, but a new study says this may not happen as often as previous research suggests.

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Conservative Utah lets women get birth control from pharmacy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.

Arsenic in groundwater? Virginia coal ash case before court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest electric utility asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's ruling that the company is violating federal law by discharging arsenic through groundwater into surrounding waters from a coal ash storage site.

Correction: Abortion-Mississippi story

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story March 19 about abortion legislation, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of a group involved in legal action opposing the law. It is the Center for Reproductive Rights, not the Center of Reproductive Rights.

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007.

Council of Europe concerned with Trump's death penalty plan

PARIS (AP) — Europe's leading human rights body has expressed concern about U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to impose the death penalty on some drug dealers as part of his plan to fight the opioid epidemic.


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Russia: Asking permission before taking organs is 'inhumane'

At least two lawsuits filed at a top European court claim Russia violated Europe's Human Rights Convention by removing organs from the recently dead without telling relatives.

Brazil to vaccinate entire country against yellow fever

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health minister says the country is expanding its campaign to vaccinate people against yellow fever to cover the entire country.

Hospital cited over woman left in cold in hospital gown

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal regulators have cited a Baltimore hospital in connection with a January incident in which a mentally ill woman was discharged and left at an open-air bus stop wearing only a flimsy gown and socks.

Judge temporarily blocks most restrictive abortion law in US

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The most restrictive abortion law in the United States was in effect less than 24 hours before a federal judge temporarily blocked it Tuesday during what could become a long legal fight between Mississippi's Republican governor and the state's only abortion clinic.

The Latest: Governor decries temporary block on abortion law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks' gestation — the strictest in the nation (all times local):

Supreme Court questions crisis pregnancy center law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A skeptical Supreme Court took aim Tuesday at a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny.

Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Packing on pounds seems to dull people's sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds.

WHO says tainted food outbreak threatens 16 African nations

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A deadly outbreak linked to tainted food in South Africa is now threatening other African nations, with neighboring Namibia reporting a confirmed case that might be connected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Donors raise $560 million for Gaza water treatment plant

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says international donors have raised 456 million euros ($560 million) to build a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide around 2 million people with safe drinking water.

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