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  • Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears
    PARIS (AP) ? Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the largest dairy groups in the world, said it has been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1. According to a list published on the French health ministry's website, the recall affects customers in countries around the world, including: Britain and Greece in Europe, Morocco and Sudan in Africa, Peru in South America and Pakistan, Bangladesh and China in Asia.

  • Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ? Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January. Children in school uniforms and toddlers clinging to their parents received shots at a high school in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on the first day of the campaign Monday. Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that can cause breathing difficulties, heart failure and paralysis. It was more or less eradicated in Indonesia in the 1990s but health officials say it has re-emerged in the past four years because immunization rates have dropped, partly reflecting fears about vaccines.

  • Deadline week crunch for health law sign-ups under Trump
    WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Trump administration came into office looking to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law, but the Affordable Care Act survived. Now the administration is on the hook to deliver a smooth ending to sign-up season, with a crush of customers expected this week. For millions of eligible consumers time runs out on Friday. Dec. 15 is the last day for procrastinators to enroll in subsidized private coverage in 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. Consumer interest has remained brisk, even as the Trump administration cut the sign-up season in half, reducing it from roughly from 90 days to 45 days.

  • Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says
    CHICAGO (AP) ? Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords. Injuries continued even after manufacturers adopted voluntary safety standards including warning labels. The industry now has a plan in the works to make cordless blinds the only option at retail stores and online.

  • Settlement reached in mom's breastfeeding suit against YMCA
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? A lawsuit alleging a Rhode Island YMCA would not allow a mother to breastfeed in public has been settled. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on Friday announced the settlement on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding, who sued the Ocean Community YMCA in May. Gooding is a mother of three who was a part-time employee and member at the YMCA. She alleged employees at the Westerly branch told her in February 2015 and again a month later she couldn't nurse in public areas at the YMCA. The YMCA said it took "affirmative steps" to address Gooding's concerns at that time. It said a private area was created for employees who choose to breastfeed. Further details on the settlement haven't been disclosed.

  • Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices
    Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options. The cheapest individual coverage available in her market would eat up nearly a quarter of the income her husband brings home from the oilfields. The Bryson, Texas, couple makes too much to qualify for Affordable Care Act tax credits that help people buy coverage. But they don't make enough to comfortably afford insurance on their own, even though Paul Leatherwood works seven days a week. "I hate to put it like this, but it sucks," said Margaret Leatherwood, who stays at home and takes care of her grandchildren. This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured.

  • Drug companies sue to block California drug price law
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? 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 new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group for drugmakers, said in its lawsuit that California's law illegally tries to dictate national health policy.


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