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Gun, drug, car deaths loom large in US longevity gap: Study
CHICAGO (AP) -- Guns, drugs and cars contribute substantially to the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other developed nations, a study found....

VA hospitals compare favorably on deaths, readmission rates
CHICAGO (AP) -- Veterans' hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions - heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions....

Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign....




Water tests show a few homes in Ohio village still have lead
SEBRING, Ohio (AP) -- The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples....

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."...

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing....

Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier....

4th patient infected during mold outbreak at hospital dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday....

Citing huge patient load, NY nurses seek rules on staffing
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- When the emergency room fills up - whether it's a big accident, flu season or a stroke of misfortune - Brooklyn nurse Rose Green says she can find herself sprinting from room to room, trying to keep ahead of the whims of calamity....

Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that there's no evidence Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus....

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