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2nd doctor charged in genital mutilation case

Genital mutilation charges against second doctor in MichiganFor the second time in a week, authorities have charged a Detroit-area doctor with breaking a federal genital mutilation law, this time arresting a suburban physician and his wife for allegedly helping another doctor perform genital cutting on 7-year-old girls in a Livonia clinic.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday, while a doctor removed parts of the girls' genitals, the wife of the clinic owner held the girls' hands "in order to comfort them."

Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, both of Livonia, were arrested Friday morning at the Burhani Medical Clinic in Livonia, where the alleged cuttings took place.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy asked to resign, replaced by nurse

Sylvia Trent-Adams appointed Surgeon GeneralU.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was asked to resign Friday and was replaced by Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve in the role.

Murthy was confirmed under the Obama administration in Dec. 2014. He was dismissed by President Donald Trump's administration.

"Today, Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump Administration," the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

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Dutch 'abortion boat' arrives off the coast of Mexico

Dutch abortion boat reaches MexicoA Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico's west coast, according to the organisation which operates it.

The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries' laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

Women on Waves, a non-profit group, said in an online statement that it was offering "free legal medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy" to women who needed them. It said its ship "has all required permits" and would receive women until Sunday.

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Rape Victims In U.S. Made To Pay Part Of The Medical Bill

Rape victims have to pay part of medical costsWomen who have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. often bear some costs for testing and other medical treatment when they report the rape to authorities, according to a new study.

Victims with private insurance pay on average $950, or 14 percent, of the cost of medical services, and the insurance providers pay about $5,789, researchers found.

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CDC: Nearly half of U.S. adults are infected with HPV

half of US adults infected with HPVNearly half of American men and women under 60 are infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, putting them at risk for certain cancers, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More than 45 percent of men were infected with genital HPV in 2013-2014, while 25 percent were infected with high-risk genital HPV. At the same time, about 40 percent of women carried genital HPV, while almost 20 percent had high-risk genital HPV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Gallup: ObamaCare has majority support for first time

Obamacare supported by 55% of AmericansMore than half of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Gallup poll out Tuesday, marking the first time the law has gained majority support since Gallup began tracking public opinions on it in 2012.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say that former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law should remain in place, though 40 percent say it needs significant changes. Still, the new rate is up significantly from November, when only 42 percent said they approved of the law.

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AARP, American Medical Association oppose GOP health care bill, citing loss of coverage

AARP, AMA oppose GOP health planTwo major interest groups with sway among Capitol Hill lawmakers have come out forcefully against the GOP's newly released health care plan, saying the bill could lower the quality of health care or even put it out of reach for many low-income Americans.

On Tuesday night, the AARP came out against the bill, saying it will increase costs to Americans aged 50 and older by thousands of dollars per year.

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