Sanders defends 'Medicare for All' after criticism by Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders vigorously defended his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday while hitting back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy.

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of 2 million people .

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.

Data shows flood of opioids across US, many of them generics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating.

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a war zone.

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AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in northeastern Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by the outbreak's spread to a city of more than two million people , Goma, on the border with Rwanda.

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools.

Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.

Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options.

Correction: Uganda Nonprofit-Lawsuit story

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — In a story July 15 about a lawsuit filed against a nonprofit, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a Ugandan court accused the defendant. The court has not issued a ruling.


Check your medicine cabinet! CVS eye drops added to nationwide recall

Select over-the-counter eye drops and ointments at CVS have been recalled over concerns that the products may not be sterile...

Bayer moving 500 jobs from North Carolina to St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG is closing its crop science division headquarters in North Carolina and moving 500 jobs to the St. Louis area, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and a company executive announced Tuesday.

New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

New York is the latest state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to discourage teens from getting hooked.

The Latest: Planned Parenthood won't comply with Trump rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's family planning rule (all times local):

New clues on why women's Alzheimer's risk differs from men's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer's disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex.

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week.

Hotel closes to investigate possible Legionnaire's outbreak

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta hotel relocated guests after reports of possible Legionnaire's disease cases connected to the hotel.

Graphic suicide scene edited out of '13 Reasons Why' finale

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix has decided to remove a graphic suicide scene from the Season 1 finale of its show "13 Reasons Why" as the series prepares to launch its third season.

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups.