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Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. The phone rang with a last minute order as Chris Willard tended to a large pot of Thai-style soup with fresh ginger, vegetables and thin-sliced beef....
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Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise
CHICAGO (AP) -- Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved....
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FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents....
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Puerto Rico reports 1st US Zika-related death amid outbreak
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico announced Friday that it has recorded the first Zika-related U.S. death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S. territory....
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First widely available Zika test OK'd for emergency use
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week....
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Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river
MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) -- At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank....
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First drug for delusions in Parkinson's patients approved
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder....
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Most states do bare minimum on fire-foam contamination
The military is checking U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination from a toxic firefighting foam, but most states so far show little inclination to examine civilian sites for the same threat....
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New York governor: Give Medicaid to inmates before release
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's governor is seeking federal approval to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates who face serious health challenges immediately before they're released from prison....
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Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs
HONOLULU (AP) -- State lawmakers are poised to make Hawaii one of a handful of states that allow psychologists to prescribe medication in hopes of increasing access to mental health services....
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