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83-year-old might have been longest-lived heart transplant patient
3/4/2020 5:38:47 PM

By Andy Tsubasa Field   BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)—Two years ago, an Iowa man whom Guinness World Records had named the longest-surviving heart transplant patient died 34 years after receiving his new heart. Records like this cause friends of Richard Gullickson, of rural Center, to believe he might be one of the longest-surviving heart transplant patients alive today, reported the Bismarck Tribune. Gullickson, who turned 83 this month, received his life-saving surgery 29 years ago at the University of Minnesota's Health Transplant Care facility—the same provider that...

Senior couple lost in woods survived on muddy water, fern fronds
3/4/2020 5:35:10 PM

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP)—A couple who went missing in the woods of Northern California for a week survived by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds, said rescuers who had given up hopes of finding them alive. Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were found Saturday in a densely forested area near Tomales Bay, a narrow inlet about 30 miles (48 kilometers) miles north of San Francisco, and were airlifted to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The couple's rescue was the first of two dramatic rescues over the weekend. Crews on Sunday found a missing man in...

Large cargo shipping industry cancels Long Beach conference
3/4/2020 5:30:37 PM

LONG BEACH—A trade conference for the cargo shipping industry, set to open Sunday at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Long Beach with more than 2,000 participants, has been canceled amid continued concerns about the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, organizers said. “In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel #TPM20 and #ElDorado20 this year, officials with the Journal of Commerce, which sponsors the event, posted on Twitter late Saturday. IHS Markit, which publishes the New York-based trade publication, further said in a...

HHS removes images of condoms from HIV/AIDS awareness Fliers
3/4/2020 5:11:44 PM

By Rachana Pradhan Kaiser Health News   The Department of Health and Human Services stripped from a government website HIV/AIDS educational material that featured condoms, calling the images “unapproved,” according to official correspondence obtained by Kaiser Health News. The images had been included in a 2017 fact sheet posted by HHS’ Office on Women’s Health to mark National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. A directive to remove it from HHS servers was contained in an Aug. 1, 2017, email from a junior department employee to Palladian...

75 years after Iwo Jima, a veteran remembers the fight
2/28/2020 6:05:56 PM

By Joanne Kimberlin   CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP)—Eddie Vincek is a survivor. He's made it to 95. Still stands tall, with remarkably few ailments. Still lives with his wife in their longtime house in rural Chesapeake, where he putters around the flower beds of their 4-acre yard. Seventy-five years ago, Vincek beat some other odds—surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the last and bloodiest struggles of World War II in the Pacific. More than 6,000 American troops never made it off that tiny island near Japan. Another 20,000 or so were wounded. Vincek hit the...

Getting to the heart of Presidential fitness: How much do we need to know?
2/28/2020 6:04:00 PM

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News   Differences in health policy weren’t the only bones presidential candidates had to pick last week. They also sparred over details of their personal health. And with the next debate and Super Tuesday primaries fast approaching, these skirmishes are likely to escalate. In the run-up to the Las Vegas Democratic presidential primary face-off, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, told CNN that opponents are trying to use his October heart attack against him. Then she mistakenly claimed that Mike...

Lizzo talks diversity, self-confidence, femininity
2/19/2020 4:02:49 PM

By Bernice Bautista   MEXICO CITY (AP)—Fresh from winning three Grammys, singer Lizzo visited Mexico City for a private concert, surprising her fans with acoustic versions of her hits and a toast with tequila. The star from Detroit, who won best pop solo performance (“Truth Hurts”), best traditional R&B performance (“Jerome”), and best urban contemporary album for “Cuz I Love You,” at the January awards show sat for an interview with The Associated Press. Lizzo spoke about diversity in the music industry, self-confidence and...

Students: Remove white supremacist's name from high school
2/19/2020 4:01:08 PM

ATLANTA (AP)—Students at an Atlanta high school want to rename their school because its namesake was a 19th century newspaper editor who endorsed white supremacy. About 180 Henry W. Grady High School students submitted a petition to the school board on Feb. 3 requesting a name change for the school, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Grady was an editor and part-owner of The Atlanta Constitution. He advocated for a “New South” after the Civil War, but he also campaigned against equality for freed slaves, saying “the supremacy of the white race of the...

Questions complicate efforts to contain new virus from China
2/19/2020 3:57:22 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted. Continuing questions about the new virus are complicating health authorities' efforts to curtail its spread around the world. And the United States is taking the first steps to check that cases masquerading as the flu won't be missed, another safeguard on top of...

Appeals court deals blow to administration’s Medicaid work rules
2/19/2020 3:53:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means President Donald Trump will have little to show for one of his major health care initiatives ahead of the November elections. The case involves Arkansas, but the ruling is expected to affect other states pursuing work...