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Federal pain panel rife with links to pharma companies

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers "horrible," have drug-industry ties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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New lawsuit seeks replacement of Flint's lead pipes

 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Environmental and civil rights groups want a federal judge to order the prompt replacement of all lead pipes in Flint's water system to ensure that residents have a safe drinking supply, a demand that Gov. Rick Snyder said on Wednesday might be a long-term option but not an immediate one.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Brazil: 270 of 4,120 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,120 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Obama to seek $12B from Congress for child nutrition

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it.

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Few US neighborhoods affordable, walkable with good schools

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. — a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen

 

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.

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Challenger disaster: McAuliffe's students go on to teach

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of '86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did.

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