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Sparks fly as Vatican conference challenges China on organs

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances aren’t enough to prove the transplant program has been reformed. Sparks flew in the afternoon session …

Former president’s breathing tube indicates severe pneumonia

Former President George H.W. Bush is being treated for pneumonia in intensive care at a Houston hospital where doctors are evaluating him before removing a breathing tube. His underlying health problems include vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease. The 92-year-old Bush also broke a vertebra in 2015 …

Can’t buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures — sex. That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis …

As health system collapses, Zimbabwe turns to street herbs

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s public health system is collapsing along with the economy, with some major hospitals suspending all non-emergency surgeries because painkillers are scarce. Some in this southern African country are turning to the growing number of peddlers of traditional medicines, many of them young men occupying street …

Digital X-rays give look inside holy reliquaries in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — High-definition digital X-ray technology is giving researchers in Mexico their first glimpse inside centuries-old reliquaries in the capital’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The reliquaries — containers for holy relics — are life-size, wax body representations of Roman Catholic saints. According to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, …

Organ transplants have come a long way but hurdles remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brenda Hudson recalls weeks spent in a glass-enclosed isolation room after her first kidney transplant, her family allowed to visit only when suited up against germs. That transplant lasted a remarkable four decades — and now Hudson’s recovery from a second one, this time faster and surrounded …