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Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state takes at least 10 days,...

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  • AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

    The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge...

      • Nevada attorney general files wide-ranging opioid lawsuit

        Nevada's attorney general expanded the state's lawsuit against the maker of the opioid OxyContin on Monday to include the company's former president, his family, other drugmakers, distributors and drugstores, including Walgreens, CVS and Walmart. The lawsuit naming more than 40 defendants is one...

          • Iowa Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven resigns

            The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services resigned Monday at the request of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds , two years after she appointed him to the job to help fix a difficult transition from state-run Medicaid to a program run by private insurance companies. "At the request of the governor,...

              • UN: World population expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050

                The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, the United Nations said Monday. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division said in a new report that world population...

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                  • Treatment for toenail fungus isn't always necessary

                    Dear Mayo Clinic: I am in my late 50s, and a few of my toenails have turned a yellowish color and seem to have thickened. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is there anything I can do to fix this? A: What you're likely experiencing is a fungal nail infection. Fungal nail infections...

                      • After losing 100 pounds on a vegan diet, this dad opened plant-based restaurant

                        DESOTO, Texas A vegan diet turned James McGee's life around, and he hopes to pass on the plant-based love to his DeSoto community through Peace Love & Eatz, his smoothie and juice restaurant located inside the Grow DeSoto Market Place on Belt Line Road. McGee, 27, is a married father of three young...

                          • Dietary supplements are a waste of money for most seeking to avoid dementia, experts say

                            Sales of purported brain-health supplements such as fish oil and jellyfish are expected to reach $5.8 billion by 2023, but in a report released recently, an AARP panel of brain experts called them a huge waste of money for healthy seniors seeking to avoid or reverse dementia. "The market is so...

                              • Trump administration rule would undo health care protections for LGBTQ patients

                                A new Trump administration proposal would change the civil rights rules dictating whether providers must care for patients who are transgender or have had an abortion. Supporters of the approach say it protects the freedom of conscience, but opponents say it encourages discrimination. The sweeping...

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                                  • How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions

                                    Fifty years ago, children with an aggressive form of leukemia went from diagnosis to death in a few months, as the disease rampaged through their lymph nodes, spleens, livers, and nervous systems. Today, 90% of children with the blood malignancy, called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), are cured....

                                      • Legal promise of equal mental health treatment often falls short

                                        Amanda Bacon's eating disorder was growing worse. She had lost 60% of her body weight and was consuming about 100 calories a day. But that wasn't sick enough for her Medicaid managed-care company to cover an inpatient treatment program. She was told in 2017 that she would have to weigh 10 pounds...

                                          • What states mean by a 'public option'

                                            WASHINGTON When Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed a law creating a new health plan alternative for Washington state residents, many accounts proclaimed Washington to be the first state with a "public option." But the term is difficult to define even the word "public" is slippery in the...

                                              • Mayo Clinic Q&A: Why you should quit smoking even after a cancer diagnosis

                                                Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who is 68, just started treatment for bladder cancer. He's been a smoker since his 20s, and his oncologist is strongly encouraging him to quit. It seems like trying to stop smoking now, while he's going through chemotherapy, will just add more stress to a tough situation....

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