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  • Female genital mutilation continues as change comes slowly
    BEKARREDAR, Ethiopia (AP) ? The 25-year-old Kedija had her external genitalia removed and her vagina sewn up when she was just seven days old. She has faced a lifetime of pain. "I was unable to hold my urine for long," she told The Associated Press. "I isolated myself from socializing because of that. Later when my menstruation began, because the opening was too tiny, the pain worsened even more. And after I got married it was painful to have sexual intercourse with my husband." Three childbirths later, she was diagnosed with near-fatal renal complications. Deep in Ethiopia's desert region of Afar, about nine in 10 women and girls undergo female genital mutilation, many before their first birthday.

  • Indian fake doctor infects 21 with HIV with tainted syringes
    LUCKNOW, India (AP) ? A fake doctor treating poor villagers in northern India for colds, coughs and diarrhea has infected at least 21 of them with HIV by using contaminated syringes and needles, a health official said Tuesday. Sushil Choudhury, the official, said police were looking for Rajendra Yadav, who fled Bangarmau, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state, after the HIV infections were detected in December last year. The villagers said they rarely saw Yadav changing the needles. Choudhury said that probably led to the spread of HIV. With India's health care system facing a massive shortage of doctors and hospitals, millions of poor people seek fake doctors for cheap treatment. India had 2.

  • APNewsBreak: Dental students took selfie with severed heads
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? Graduate dental school students and a top University of Connecticut orthodontics professor took a selfie with two severed heads used for medical research at a training workshop at Yale University last year ? an episode Yale officials called "disturbing" and "inexcusable." The selfie was taken in June at the Yale School of Medicine during the 2017 DePuy Synthes Future Leaders Workshop, which focused on dental-related facial deformities. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the photo from a person who received it through a private group chat.

  • Patients to address court in doctor's opioid kickback scheme
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? Victims of a scheme in which a doctor prescribed them a highly addictive opioid spray in exchange for kickbacks are expected to tell a federal judge how their lives were affected, including stories of overdoses, monthslong withdrawals, weight loss and broken bones from falling while on the powerful drug. Jerrold Rosenberg told one patient, "Stop crying, you're acting like a child," when she complained of severe side effects, which included losing 40 pounds and repeated vomiting for years, according to an excerpt of grand jury testimony filed by prosecutors in the case. Thursday's hearing before U.S.

  • $300M health care system cost to protect religious rights
    WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump's new effort to protect the rights of health workers who object to participating in abortions and other procedures will cost the health care system more than $300 million to set up, according to a government estimate. More than 40 complaints have been filed since Trump's election, alleging violations of conscience and religious rights. An estimated 18 million people work in the nation's health care system. "This is looking for a problem," said critic Susan Berke Fogel, a lawyer who directs reproductive health work for the nonprofit National Health Law Program.

  • British officials condemn Trump remarks on UK health care
    LONDON (AP) ? British officials reacted angrily Monday to President Donald Trump's stark criticism of the U.K. health care system, which he said was breaking down. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is proud of the National Health Service and rejected Trump's claim that it's collapsing. The "NHS may have challenges but I'm proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage ? where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance," he said. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called Trump's comments "wrong" and said Britons love the NHS. The latest dispute between Trump and Britain started when Trump criticized Democrats and the British approach to health care in a single tweet.

  • New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes
    NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify. According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, the percentage of long-term nursing home residents being given antipsychotic drugs dropped from about 24 percent in late 2011 to under 16 percent last year. Decreases were reported in all 50 states, with the biggest in Tennessee, California and Arkansas. Dr.

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