Health

In this Aug. 2, 2018 file photo provided by Dawn Manteufel, Greg Manteufel lays in his hospital bed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. He lost parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip from capnocytophaga, a bacteria commonly found in the saliva or cats and dogs which almost never leads to people getting sick, unless the person has a compromised immune system. Manteufel was perfectly healthy when he got sick in June of 2018. Over the last seven years, a team of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, connected to Harvard Medical School, have tested other healthy people who were affected and developed a theory on why they were affected- a gene change in all the victims. (Dawn Manteufel via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 10:24 pm
WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — It's hard to regard Ellie as a menace. When Greg Manteufel is frustrated or feeling down, she sits by him. At night, she sleeps under his covers. At dinner, she's there next to him, knowing he'll throw something her way. She belies the stereotype of the vicious pit bull. "We...
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Linda Morris looks over her Medicare statements, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Parker City, Ind. Federal law enforcement officials say they’ve taken down a nearly-$2 billion Medicare fraud scheme that exploited curiosity about genetic medicine by having seniors get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. A Medicare enrollee, Morris said she was roped in at a conference on aging well. The retired high school math and journalism teacher got her cheek swabbed by one of the many health vendors at the event. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 27, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors' curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed $2.1 billion. Dubbed "Operation Double Helix," the crackdown targeted...
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September 27, 2019 - 1:35 pm
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Three Greeks and two Georgian nationals appeared in court Friday on charges of belonging to a criminal organization that allegedly sold babies for adoption. All five denied the charges before a Thessaloniki magistrate. The two Georgian nationals are accused of being the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, an employee of Eurotunnel and his dog check trucks on their way to Britain during a day of test in case of no deal Brexit, at the exit of the Channel tunnel in Calais, northern France. Britain’s government watchdog says there is still a “significant amount” of work to do to ensure Britain has an adequate medicines supply in case of a no-deal Brexit. In a report issued on Friday, Sept. 27, the National Audit Office said additional shipping capacity chartered by the U.K. for sending goods across the English channel might not be operational until the end of November - one month after the Oct. 31 deadline. (Denis Charlet, Pool via AP, file)
September 27, 2019 - 5:32 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's government watchdog says there is still a "significant amount" of work to do to make sure the country has an adequate supply of licensed drugs in case of a no-deal Brexit. In a report issued Friday, Britain's National Audit Office said additional shipping capacity chartered...
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In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2019, David Alport, owner of the Bridge City Collective marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore., goes over sales numbers with the store's general manager Cameron Moore. The company has seen a 31% decrease in its sales of vaping products in the past two weeks. “It’s having an impact on how consumers are behaving,” said Alport. “People are concerned, and we’re concerned.” (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
September 26, 2019 - 8:55 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes. The ailment has...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 10, 2018 photo, a high school principal displays vaping devices that were confiscated from students at the school in Massachusetts. On Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 805 confirmed and probable cases have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 12. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 26, 2019 - 1:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds more Americans have been reported to have a vaping-related breathing illness, and the death toll has risen to 12. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 805 confirmed and probable cases have been reported. That's a 52% jump in one week. Illnesses...
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B.K. Morris, a nurse with MedStar Visiting Nurses Association, gives a flu shot to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar during a news conference in Washington. The flu forecast is cloudy and it's too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, not to delay vaccination. (AP Photo/Lauran Neergaard)
September 26, 2019 - 12:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu forecast is cloudy and it's too soon to know if the U.S. is in for a third miserable season in a row, but health officials said Thursday not to delay vaccination. While the vaccine didn't offer much protection the past two years, specialists have fine-tuned the recipe in...
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File- This Feb. 23, 2018, file photo shows shoppers leaving a Sam's Club in Pittsburgh. Walmart’s Sam’s Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on everyday care its customers might delay or skip because of the cost. Starting early October, Sam’s Club members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, will be able to buy one of four bundles of health care services ranging in annual fees from $50 for individuals to $240 for a family of up to six members. The pilot program could potentially be rolled out to members in all the states, says Lori Flees, senior vice president of Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 26, 2019 - 10:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart's Sam's Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on routine care that customers might delay or skip because of the cost. Starting next month, Sam's Club members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will be able to buy bundles of health...
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September 26, 2019 - 8:57 am
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Bishops' Conference is coming out against a constitutional court ruling that assisted suicide is not punishable in cases when a patient in an irreversible condition is suffering unbearable pain. The secretary-general of the bishop's conference, Stefano Russo, says on...
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September 26, 2019 - 5:28 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have closed three pharmacies in the western city of Cologne after a pregnant woman died after using a tainted diabetes test. North Rhine-Westphalia's state Health Ministry said Thursday the pharmacy that dispensed the glucose screening test and two of its branches...
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