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House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

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With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. More>>

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

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No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say... More>>

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward... More>>

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go... More>>

5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

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Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product... More>>

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. More>>

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

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The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million. More>>

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health... More>>

Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

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U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. More>>

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

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A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an... More>>

5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

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There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here... More>>

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

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A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine. More>>

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

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When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. More>>

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

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Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. More>>

Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. More>>

Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

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Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. More>>

Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

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A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group... More>>

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up... More>>

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

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One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an... More>>

GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot

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Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency. More>>

Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds

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The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare. More>>

Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

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Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account... More>>

China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague

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A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday. More>>

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

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More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. More>>

Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

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The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. More>>

APNewsBreak: Study recommends inmate immunity test

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Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three... More>>

Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country

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An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died... More>>

W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license

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A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where investigators found syringes were being reused. It was the second disciplinary action involving the doctor's license... More>>

EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women

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A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a review of the evidence sparked by the French manufacturer's declaration that the drugs... More>>

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

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Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. More>>

HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

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By The Associated Press There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug... More>>

Judges in health care rulings vote party line

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In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. More>>

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new,... More>>

Childhood traumas more common in military members

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Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from... More>>

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

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Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull - to keep her alive. More>>

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

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President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. More>>

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

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A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. More>>

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

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For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear. More>>

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

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Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. More>>

Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

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President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. More>>

Undercover probe finds health law failings

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Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday. More>>

Meningitis diagnosis prompted W.Va. clinic probe

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An investigation that found syringes were being reused at a West Virginia pain management clinic - whose operator had his medical license revoked in Texas - was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis, a... More>>

White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

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The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court. More>>

German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

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Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne. More>>

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

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A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. More>>

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

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The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. More>>

Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

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Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools - their health may also benefit, a study suggests. More>>

Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

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A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges,... More>>

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

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A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls. More>>

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

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A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from... More>>

Health dept.: West Virginia clinic reused needles

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Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found potentially that needles had been reused. More>>

Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

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By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any- safeguards as recently as 2012.... More>>

Firefighter loses hand to flesh-eating bacteria

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A Rhode Island firefighter who got an infection after being pricked by a thorn has lost his hand to flesh-eating bacteria. More>>

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

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Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions. More>>

States sue 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

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Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising. More>>

FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen. More>>

NY's Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives

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Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive... More>>

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general... More>>

AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

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A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the... More>>

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

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Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. More>>

300 vials labeled influenza, dengue found at lab

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The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses and bacteria. More>>

Genentech Alzheimer's drug misses goals in studies

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate... More>>

Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

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No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. More>>

House votes to allow marijuana-related banking

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The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana. More>>

Number of people with HIV unchanged since 2012

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The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United... More>>

Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries - good news about an epidemic that is... More>>

VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the... More>>

Greece: Hospital probe into bribery-death claim

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A judicial inquiry is taking place at a state hospital in Athens where a 67-year-old heart patient died after allegedly being denied timely surgery by a doctor seeking a bribe. More>>

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

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Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. More>>

States told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

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A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage. More>>

Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds

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The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. More>>

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