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Lawsuit: Sterilization for sentencing breaks violated rights

A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit. Christel Ward was among the misdemeanor-level White County Jail inmates who took the deal,...

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  • Health care divide leaves tax on path to reinstatement

    The industry that makes medical devices from artificial hips to miniature pumps for IV drips is looking for a fallback plan to repeal a widely reviled sales tax that almost met its end in GOP health care legislation. The 2.3 percent excise, one of several taxes and fees in the Affordable Care Act...

      • 35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

        Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of a sufficient oxygen supply in the children's ward. District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said Saturday that the deaths of the children...

          • Harwell 'open' to medical marijuana law in Tennessee

            The treatment of her sister's back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana. Harwell, who is speaker of the state House of Representatives, told a Republican gathering earlier this month that allowing medical marijuana...

              • Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

                The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of rape and incest. The...

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                  • Doctors warm to single-payer health care, survey finds

                    Single-payer health care is still a controversial idea in the U.S., but a majority of physicians are moving to support it, a new survey finds. Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system, according to the survey by Merritt...

                      • Tips for using compression stockings

                        Dear Mayo Clinic: My doctor prescribed compression stockings to prevent my legs from swelling during the day. How will that help, and are they all the same? A: Compression stockings aren't like regular stockings. They're typically prescribed with certain specifications and require professional...

                          • Home remedies: fighting a fever

                            You can try a number of things to make yourself or your child more comfortable during a fever: Drink plenty of fluids. Fever can cause fluid loss and dehydration, so drink water, juices or broth. For a child under age 1, use an oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte. These solutions contain...

                              • More Immigrant Children in U.S. Illegally to Receive Health Care

                                WASHINGTON When Dolores Loaeza was a baby and she needed medical care, her mother could call her pediatrician in Mexico for free advice, and, if needed, to send medication across the border to Los Angeles. As an immigrant without legal permission to be in the country, Dolores was not eligible for...

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                                  • Food safety tips for summer

                                    Foodborne illness peaks in the summer, because bacteria that are present throughout the environment and in the bodies of people and animals grow faster in the warm summer months. And outdoor activities increase. More people cook outside without the safety controls of a kitchen. Dr. Steven Perkins,...

                                      • More are joining faith-based Obamacare alternatives, but what are the risks?

                                        More are joining faith-based Obamacare alternatives, but what are the risks?

                                        KANSAS CITY, Mo. When Ron Drummond had a routine hernia surgery last year, he didn't bill any insurance company. Instead, he got 25 to 30 personal checks from people he barely knows, many accompanied by a note saying the sender was praying for him. Drummond, who lives in Basehor, Kan., and works...

                                          • Trend of drinking hydrogen peroxide can be deadly, doctors warn

                                            It's meant to boost your health but Minnesota doctors caution that this alternative health remedy can send you or a loved one to the emergency room. Six people have been treated at Hennepin County Medical Center this year for injuries sustained after accidentally drinking highly concentrated hydrogen...

                                              • Home remedies: weathering wrinkles

                                                Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, especially for the face, neck, hands and forearms. But some people are more prone to wrinkles based on sun-exposure and other factors. Although genetics mainly determine skin structure and texture, sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles, especially for fair-skinned...

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                                                  • Insurers face long odds to win reprieve of health care tax

                                                    WASHINGTON Health insurers won a victory in 2015 when a tax that was part of the Affordable Care Act was suspended. Now as they fight to repeal or delay the tax again before it comes back into effect, the odds don't seem to be in their favor. Insurers, businesses and conservative groups are scrambling...

                                                      • Americans eager for leaders to cooperate to make health law work

                                                        Move on. That's what most people say Congress and the Trump administration should do after the Senate failed to approve legislation in July to revamp the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey this month. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump should be trying to make the health...

                                                          • How to get rid of head lice

                                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: Are some types of lice resistant to over-the-counter treatments? Is there a prescription medicine that eliminates head lice? A: Over-the-counter treatments for head lice are often effective, but they don't work in all cases. Some strains of lice can be resistant to over-the-counter...

                                                              • Lobbyists push GOP to repeal Obamacare fees in tax overhaul

                                                                WASHINGTON The Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law may have stalled, but lobbyists are pushing the GOP to continue to target the provisions the industry most despises: the law's taxes. House and Senate Republicans hope to push forward on a tax overhaul...

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