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In this Friday, March 17, 2017 photo, Wendy Kline, a hairstylist who voted for Donald Trump poses for a photo in Harrisburg, Pa. Older Americans who buy their own health insurance are among the groups hardest hit under the Republican plan to replace the Af
For many older Americans, costs rise under GOP health plan
NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. - Among the groups hardest hit by the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is one that swung for Donald Trump during last year's presidential race — older Americans who have not yet reached Medicare age.
Many of those who buy their own health insurance stand to pay a lot more for their coverage. That is especially true for the nearly 3.4 million older Americans who have enrolled through the government marketplaces, many of whom receive generous federal subsidies through



FILE - In this March 8, 2017, file photo, House Paul Ryan, of Wis., speaks during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan said he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide mo
Ryan: more help for older people needed in GOP health bill
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis last week concluded that older people would likely pay higher premiums under the proposal to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law.



Small Brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever
CASIMIRO DE ABREU, Brazil - This small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro is on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one man by yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases.
Health authorities this week confirmed that 38-year-old Watila Santos died from the illness on March 11.



A dwelling of the Tsimane, a group of indigenous people with a traditional lifestyle deep in the Bolivian Amazon, and according to a new study released Friday March 17, 2017, they have some of the healthiest hearts on the planet, according to Dr. Randall T
Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts
LONDON - Deep in the Bolivian Amazon lives a group of indigenous people who spend their days hunting and farming. Researchers say this may be partly why they have some of the healthiest hearts on the planet.
The Tsimane, a society of hunter-gatherers, have the lowest-ever recorded levels of clogged arteries among any population studied, new research found.



2 Saskatchewan employers fined for safety violations; 1 worker hurt
REGINA - Two Saskatchewan employers have pleaded guilty to health and safety violations that in one case injured a worker.
Kelsey Pipeline, a Saskatoon company, was fined $40,005 for failing to ensure the safety of a worker.



FILE - This undated image provided by Amgen Inc. shows the drug Repatha. The medicine cut the chances of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study of people at high risk for those problems, released Friday, Mar
Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost
A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 per cent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.
Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap and lower LDL or bad cholesterol, but some people can't tolerate or get enough help from them. The new drug, Amgen's Repatha, is given as a shot once or twice a month and is part of a novel class of medicines that drop LDL to unprecedented levels.



Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.
The reason for the increase isn't clear, the report's authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one expert.



Fees hikes for birth, death, marriage certificates, hunting and fishing licences
REGINA - The cost of getting a birth, death or marriage certificate in Saskatchewan is going up.
The government is raising dozens of fees and charges paid by Saskatchewan residents in a move that Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says better reflects the cost of the services.



UK grants 1st license to make babies using DNA from 3 people
LONDON - Britain's Newcastle University says its scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people to prevent women from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children — the first time such approval has been granted.
The license was granted Thursday by the country's fertility regulator, according to the university.



Errol Greene and his son Darien are shown in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Rochelle Pranteau *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Wife of man who died in remand hopes inquest gives family 'the answers we need'
WINNIPEG - The wife of a man who died after suffering an epileptic seizure at the Winnipeg Remand Centre says she hopes the inquest into his death will give his children the answers they deserve.
Rochelle Pranteau has been asking for the inquest since last May when her common-law husband, Errol Greene, 26, suffered two seizures and died after she says he was denied his anti-seizure medication by staff at the remand centre. He was in custody awaiting bail on a charge of breaching conditions by consuming



Manitoba eyes new tools to fight marijuana-impaired driving: minister
WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is set to introduce legislation to help police crack down on drivers who are high on marijuana.
Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says the bill, expected Thursday, will also include measures dealing with health and safety concerns stemming from the expected federal legalization of pot.



Doctors say unproven stem cell treatment blinded 3 women
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Three women were left nearly or totally blind by a vision treatment at a stem cell clinic, in what doctors call a dramatic illustration of how risky such clinics can be.
The clinic's method hasn't been proven effective or tested for safety in people, said ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Albini of the University of Miami. He and colleagues, who examined the women after their treatments at a Florida clinic, described the outcome in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.



At a glance: Insurance coverage for hearing loss is spotty
About 15 per cent of American adults ages 18 and older report some trouble hearing, according to federal statistics. Problems worsen so steadily as people age that nearly half of those 75 and older suffer from hearing loss.
It is the third most common chronic physical disorder in the United States and is twice as prevalent as diabetes or cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



People walk past the Physical Recreation Centre at Carleton University in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The university has raised eyebrows and ire by opting to remove the scale from its primary athletic facility.Carleton University pulled the scale ou
Carleton University raises eyebrows with removal of scale from athletic facility
An Ottawa university has raised eyebrows and ire by opting to remove the scale from its primary athletic facility.
Carleton University pulled the scale out earlier this month in a bid to shift focus away from weight and onto a more holistic view of health.



Alberta should better prepare young people in care for life as adults: report
EDMONTON - Alberta's child and youth advocate says the death of an aboriginal teen shows the province must do a better job of preparing young people in government care for life as adults.
The recommendation is contained in Del Graff's report on an indigenous man who was the victim of a homicide only months after he turned 18.



How well can you hear in a noisy background? Try it here
NEW YORK, N.Y. - How well can you understand speech in a noisy setting?
Difficulty doing that is a hallmark of what's called "hidden hearing loss." Now, with the help of an exercise prepared for The Associated Press by the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami, you can give it a try.



In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, Matt Garlock, of Mansfield, Mass., stands for a photo in Somerville, Mass. The 29-year old has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Scientists h
Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Recent research may have found an explanation for problems like his, something called "hidden hearing loss."
Scientists have been finding evidence that loud noise — from rock concerts, leaf blowers, power tools and the like — damages our hearing in a previously unsuspected way. It may not be immediately noticeable, and it does not show up in standard hearing tes



President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. Clockwise, from lower left are, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill
WASHINGTON - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026, Congress' budget analysts projected Monday. Their report deals a stiff blow to a GOP drive already under fire from both parties and large segments of the medical industry.
The Congressional Budget Office report undercuts a central argument President Donald Trump and Republicans have cited for swiftly rolli



Tests taken at Winnipeg college's welding shop spark health concerns
WINNIPEG - Results of some routine air quality tests have some staff and students at Winnipeg's Red River College wondering if they should be worried about their health.
The tests detected manganese at levels seven times higher than current Manitoba standards in the shop used for the school's welding program.



CDC: Don't donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Men from three Florida counties shouldn't donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday.
The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there's evidence the virus was spread by mosquitoes. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn't clearly be linked to Miami-Dade.