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Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. More>>

In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. More>>

Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. More>>

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely. More>>

Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict

Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the... More>>

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own... More>>

Noses, made in Britain: UK touts lab-grown organs

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory. More>>

Italy court overturns ban on egg or sperm donation

Italy's constitutional court has struck down a ban on egg or sperm donation for infertile couples. More>>

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more deaths from MERS

Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the... More>>

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original... More>>

Medical Assn won't stop Medicare doc data release

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to... More>>

Philippine court rules family planning law legal

The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a family planning law is constitutional, allowing the government to provide reproductive health care services primarily to the country's poor despite strong opposition to... More>>

Court extends stay on new Arizona abortion rules

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday issued an injunction blocking new Arizona abortion restrictions that are considered the most stringent in the nation, saying women likely would suffer irreparable harm if the rules... More>>

Uruguay to give medicinal marijuana to prisoners

Prisoners in the jails of Uruguay will be able to use marijuana if a doctor says it will benefit their health. More>>

Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups

A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found. More>>

Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. More>>

3 dozen possibly ill with Norovirus on cruise ship

Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California. More>>

Guinea: Airport passengers screened for Ebola

Health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing from the capital city's airport must fill out a health form and have their temperature taken as part of an effort to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola... More>>

Even the healthy locked out of 2014 policies now

Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market as a little-noticed consequence of... More>>

Gay men concerned after LA meningitis deaths

In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not... More>>

Pink eye outbreak shuts schools in American Samoa

Officials in American Samoa on Friday ordered all public schools in the U.S. island territory closed after nearly 2,300 students and more than 100 teachers contracted pink eye. More>>

Obama signs cancer research bill in memory of girl

A 10-year-old girl who died of brain cancer is leaving a legacy for other sick children in a new law signed by President Barack Obama. More>>

FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers called opioids. More>>

Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday offered a Republican alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in... More>>

Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone

Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them... More>>

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said. More>>

Obama signs bill temporarily fixing Medicare fees

President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees. More>>

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County health officials say three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died - and all three had sex with other men. More>>

Stay granted for new Arizona abortion-drug rules

The nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of abortion drugs are now temporarily on hold one day after going into effect in Arizona. More>>

Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards

Bakari Soumaoro carried his sick friend all the way to the hospital on his back, not realizing that the man's fever and chills were caused by one of the deadliest diseases on Earth. More>>

Syrians adjust to life without limbs

Grimacing, Mustafa Ahmad slid the scarred stump just below his right knee into his new prosthetic leg. Extending his arms for balance, he slowly rose and hobbled across the packed dirt floor toward the door of his... More>>

Afghan girl who lost arm paints with prosthetic

The doctors and therapists who worked with a little girl from Afghanistan knew the prosthetic arm they gave her would change her life. More>>

Health leaders on drug co. boards; a conflict?

Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest. More>>

Monday is the deadline to sign up for health law

By The Associated Press Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama's health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5... More>>

Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good. More>>

Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78

Health authorities in Guinea are facing an "unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, an international aid group warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78. More>>

Low-cost Dominican surgeries spark warnings by US

Beverly Brignoni was a young New Yorker seeking a less expensive way to enhance her appearance and she did what many other people are now doing: travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery. More>>

Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline. More>>

Test accurately rules out heart attacks in the ER

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. More>>

Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears

Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people. More>>

Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been... More>>

AP sources: Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7M

Beating expectations, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press. More>>