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Officer honored for adopting baby from opioid addicted mom

A police officer who persuaded a pregnant woman he found using heroin to let him adopt her unborn child has been honored by the city of Albuquerque. Officer Ryan Holets and his wife were praised Monday for adopting a baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise...

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  • Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

    Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including...

      • Sen. Collins may change vote if GOP reneges on her changes

        Sen. Susan Collins may change her vote on the GOP tax overhaul if her amendments are not included in the final version that emerges from conference committee, the Republican said. Collins' comments on Thursday, the same day nine religious leaders protesting the tax plan were arrested at her office...

          • California shaken baby conviction set aside after 15 years

            A California man is set to walk out of prison after 15 years, after a judge on Friday set aside his life sentence for shaking his 4-month-old daughter to death in 2001. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles set Zavion Johnson's second-degree murder conviction aside amid questions...

              • Jane Fonda uses 80th birthday to help others with fundraiser

                Even with all her fame and accolades, Jane Fonda struggled for years with self-confidence. The two-time Oscar-winner was able to overcome her insecurity with a strong support base of friends, therapy sessions and by writing a memoir. But she knows others aren't as fortunate as her, particularly...

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                  • For Marketplace customers who delay, auto-enrollment could be nasty wake-up

                    Shopping to update your coverage on the health insurance marketplace may be annoying didn't you just do this last year? But letting the exchange automatically renew your coverage instead could be a big mistake. If you don't like the plan you're auto-enrolled in this year you may be stuck with it...

                      • Mayo clinic minute: What's your limit on holiday salt?

                        It's the time of year when food takes center place. You may find yourself packing plates high with mashed potatoes or snacking on stacks of chips. From family gatherings to treats in the office, high-sodium snacks and foods are everywhere. Too much salt can lead to problems for some people with...

                          • Falling Off the Cliff: A crisis for the disabled

                            PHILADELPHIA On a bitter March morning in 2014, I picked my way across an icy corner in Point Breeze and knocked on Patricia Sankey's storm door. I heard slow, heavy steps and the rattle of keys, and then Sankey opened the inside door. She was a short, round, older woman dressed in a pink housecoat....

                              • Millions gained coverage under health care law, but many are worse off as premiums soar

                                As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears Friday's deadline, Heidi and Richard Reiter sit at the kitchen table at their Davie home and struggle to piece together the family's health insurance for 2018. The Reiters buy their own coverage, but they earn too much to qualify for financial...

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                                  • Challenges abound for 26-year-olds falling off parental insurance cliff

                                    Marguerite Moniot felt frustrated and flummoxed, despite the many hours she spent in front of the computer this year reading consumer reviews of health insurance plans offered on the individual market in Virginia. Moniot was preparing to buy a policy of her own, knowing she would age out of her...

                                      • Understanding and preventing gangrene

                                        Dear Mayo Clinic: I have heard that a stubbed toe can lead to gangrene in some individuals. Is that true? What are the signs of gangrene, and how can it be avoided? A: Gangrene, which refers to tissue death caused by a severe shortage of blood supply or serious bacterial infection, occurs in lower...

                                          • Understanding myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia

                                            Dear Mayo Clinic: What's the difference between myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia? How are they diagnosed? A: Both of the conditions you mention are chronic pain disorders, meaning they cause pain that lasts for long periods of time and can be difficult to manage. Myofascial pain syndrome...

                                              • Infectious diseases A-Z: Fight the flu with an influenza shot

                                                Have you had your flu shot? Consider this. Dec. 3 9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a reminder that everyone 6 months and older should be encouraged to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports higher than usual flu activity around the U.S. than is usually seen...

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