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Smoke spreading from California fires sparks health concerns

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace.


Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense.


FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes.


California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.


Nurse's kidney donation triggers bi-state transplant chain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nurse's decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that led to three people getting new organs at two Kansas City-area hospitals.


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Brazil ex-minister: Loss of Cuban doctors will hurt millions

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Millions of Brazilians may be left without access to doctors due to the end of a program that brought Cuban physicians to rural and dangerous areas in Brazil, the former health minister who helped create the initiative said Thursday.


Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often.


The Latest: Environmentalist blasts new pesticide guidelines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's recommended new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.(all times local):


Experts seek ways to boost extreme wildfire survival rates

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from blazes in California and across the U.S. West.


FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

The Food and Drug Administration announced two major attacks on the tobacco industry...


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Twins separated by surgery are healing, sticking together

SYDNEY (AP) — Medical staff say that conjoined twins from Bhutan who were separated at an Australian hospital last week have been healing well, showing their cheeky side, and have become impossible to keep apart.


Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Food safety officials stress safe handling of raw turkey

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Food safety officials are stressing the importance of proper handling and cooking practices amid a nationwide outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella found in raw turkey, with Thanksgiving approaching.


Man whose wife died after collapse at hospital gets apology

BOSTON (AP) — A man whose wife collapsed outside a locked hospital emergency room door and later died has received a face-to-face apology from the chief executive of the hospital's parent company.


US officials report a record number of tick diseases

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year.


Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii retirement home said Tuesday residents in its independent living wing may take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.


Cambodia accuses 11 pregnant women of breaking surrogacy law

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged 18 people, including 11 pregnant women, with violating laws against surrogate births.


Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids.


FDA: Companies have 2 years to purge products of 6 artificial flavors

Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply...


More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren't sure what's causing it.


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