• In this July 2012 photo released by Karen Corby shows her son Paul at the Pottsville Free Public Library in Pottsville, Pa. Karen Corby whose autistic adult son was denied a heart transplant is using an online petition to gather support in a bid to convince a hospital to reconsider.

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.

    Karen Corby said Thursday that her son, Paul, now 23, was denied a heart transplant from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last summer over what it said were concerns about his "psychiatric issues" and "autism," among other factors.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT
  • In this family photo released in Jan. 2012 by Tony and Jane Nicklinson, former corporate manager, rugby player, skydiving sports enthusiast Tony Nicklinson sits at his home in Wiltshire, England, where following a stroke he suffers from locked-in syndrome. The High Court in London has rejected an attempt by Tony Nicklinson suffering from locked-in syndrome to overturn Britain’s euthanasia law by refusing to legally allow doctors to end his life.

    Britain's High Court on Thursday rejected an attempt by a man who has locked-in syndrome to overturn the country's euthanasia law by refusing to legally allow doctors to end his life.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT
  • Sandra Pico, 52, holds medications she takes, at her home in North Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday, July 26, 2012. Pico makes about $15,000 a year working about 20 hours a week as a home health aide, a bit too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough that she can afford private insurance. She thought she'd be getting health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law. Then she learned her own governor won't agree to expand Medicaid under the law which would have given her coverage.

    Many working parents like Pico are below the federal poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That's especially true in states where conservative governors say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama's health law.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT
  • In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 photo, a nurse changes the diaper of a newborn baby at the Perinatal Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil has one of the world's highest rates of cesarean births - the result of a widely held belief that in this particular field, surgery trumps nature. But some women are beginning to rebel, and the government is on their side with big money to spend on promoting natural birth.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — From the day Mariana Migon discovered she was pregnant, she knew she wanted a natural birth. So just weeks before her due date, the first-time mother abandoned her obstetrician, her health plan and her private hospital room for the free public hospital in downtown Rio — where she had a real chance at a vaginal birth.

    "If I'd stayed with my health care plan and my doctor, I would have had a C-section," said Migon, as she sat beside the incubator holding her baby girl, who was premature.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT
  • In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 photo, the box for a Sephora Collection Pink Eyelash Curler is displayed in Philadelphia.

    Scientists have found new evidence for a theory about why some cancers return after they've seemingly been wiped out. Three studies in mice say tumors contain a pool of cancer stem cells that can multiply and seed the tumor's regrowth.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT