Will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk

Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests.

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

Warren says she won't immediately push for Medicare for All

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Elizabeth Warren says that if she's elected president, she won't immediately push to give every American government-funded health care and will work to pass a "Medicare for All" plan by her third year in office.

Texas baby born without much of his skin finally goes home

HOUSTON (AP) - A baby boy born in Texas without much of his skin is finally at home after months of treatment involving grafts of skin grown in a lab from his own cells.

Feds: South Dakota doc made millions on unneeded surgeries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions of dollars by performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries, including one that left a patient partially paralyzed, federal prosecutors contend in a lawsuit against the doctor.


US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems.

Fentanyl overdose kills Washington state Olympic athlete

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Washington state medical examiners have confirmed that an Olympic discus thrower found dead in his hotel room in September died from a fentanyl overdose.

Vaping illnesses in US still rising, though at slower pace

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of vaping illnesses in the U.S. is still rising, but at a slower pace.

Doctor accused of unnecessary surgeries held without bail

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The website of a Virginia gynecologist describes his surgical skills as "unparalleled."

German lawmakers approve compulsory measles vaccine plan

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's parliament has passed a law requiring that children who attend school or daycare must be vaccinated for measles.


Strained French public hospital workers protest cost cuts

PARIS (AP) - Thousands of exasperated nurses, doctors and other public hospital workers marched through Paris on Thursday to demand more staff and resources after years of cost cuts.

The Latest: Doctor accused of performing unneeded surgeries

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Latest on a Virginia doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgeries on his ob/gyn patients (all times local):

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science

SEATTLE (AP) - Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too.

Overdoses possible in some student deaths on USC campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police investigators are looking into drug overdoses as a potential cause of death among some of the nine students who have died this semester at the University of Southern California.

Mexico top court rules e-cigarette sales should be allowed

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a challenge to the country's tobacco law for making it hard to sell e-cigarettes.

US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Drug-resistant "superbug" infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates threats to public health.

Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google's $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns.

3 universities, medical center get $1B to teach and research

Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that's one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday.

Slow down: Dutch cut max speed limit to rein in pollution

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch government is lowering the top speed limit on highways in a bid to put the brakes on emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide.