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After Gronkowski injury, here's what you need to know about concussions

New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski absorbed a crushing tackle in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars -– a blow that led to him being immediately removed from the game and taken to the locker room for medical evaluation. The diagnosis: Concussion. Here are a few things you need to know about concussions and why they keep making headlines. Let’s get to the important point: Will Gronkowski be able to play in the “Big Game”? The National Football League has not established a time frame for players returning after…

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Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it “devastating” because Trump went where no administration had gone before. Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called global gag rule. He expanded on previous versions so that for the first time foreign NGOs that even discuss abortion as an option are barred not only from about $…

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Asthma patients 'not receiving basic care'

Nearly two-thirds of people with asthma are still not receiving the basic level of care despite claims it could prevent two out of three asthma deaths a year, according to a survey by Asthma UK. The study revealed a “frustrating” lack of progress in asthma care, following similar findings last year. Donna Green’s son Tiernan was one of the UK’s 1,200 asthma deaths in 2017. “As a mum who has lost a child to an asthma attack, I don’t want any other parent to go through what we have.” Donna,…

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What pediatricians want parents to know about the flu epidemic

The deadly flu epidemic sweeping the nation has closed schools in states from Alabama to Texas and killed at least 30 children since its official start on Oct. 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every state except Hawaii is now reporting widespread flu activity, the CDC said. The outbreak has left parents wondering what they can do to protect their families against the flu and what to do once their child is diagnosed. ABC News spoke to pediatricians across the country to find out what…

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German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals

A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The new indictment against Niels Hoegel was expected after officials said in November that he may have killed more than 100 patients in total. He worked at a clinic in Oldenburg from 1999 to 2002 and in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005. Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders in Delmenhorst…

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Oregon voters to decide Medicaid funding as costs rise

Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to decide how to pay for its ballooning Medicaid costs. A special election on Tuesday asks Oregonians whether they approve of a tax on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies that would leave Medicaid, as it is now, untouched. More than 1…

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