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  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

    Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:13:11 GMT
    Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.
    HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:12:12 GMT
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a...
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in...
  • Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:20 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis...
  • Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

    Severe respiratory illness confirmed in 12 states

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:50 GMT
    Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus - enterovirus 68.
    Health officials say 12 states now have respiratory illnesses caused by an uncommon virus - enterovirus 68.
  • UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:54:16 GMT
    The World Health Organization says China is sending a laboratory team to Sierra Leone to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as international efforts to stop the dreaded disease ramp up.
    The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a...
  • Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

    Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:23:21 GMT
    A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable, an official said Tuesday.
    A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace...
  • CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

    CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:12:48 GMT
    The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.
    The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.
  • Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

    Tracing the rise of Ebola in West Africa

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-09-16 17:02:17 GMT
    Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part...
    Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea...
  • Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

    Gilead to license generic version of Sovaldi

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:12:24 GMT
    By The Associated Press Gilead Sciences says it has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Gilead Sciences has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce a cheaper version of its popular, $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in...
  • A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:22:58 GMT
    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:52:57 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...
  • More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:21:52 GMT
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
  • Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

    Kids' poisonings linked to anti-addiction medicine

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:22:05 GMT
    A federal study says an anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children.
    An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have...
  • Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

    Concerns raised over 'Obamacare' abortion coverage

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:21:34 GMT
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
  • Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

    Venezuela's newest shortage: breast implants

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:31:13 GMT
    Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
    Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
  • New questions over abortion coverage in health law

    New questions over abortion coverage in health law

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:11:26 GMT
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:21:19 GMT
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives...
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that...
  • APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

    APNewsBreak: NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug swap

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:21:17 GMT
    New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving...
    New York's attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a manufacturer from discontinuing its drug widely used to treat Alzheimer's patients, arguing the company is illegally driving patients to...
  • Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:11:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday.
  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:11:06 GMT
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya's pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent.
  • Ebola patient in Nebraska bored in isolation room

    Ebola patient in Nebraska bored in isolation room

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:11:58 GMT
    Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola say that as he improves, he's getting bored in his isolation room.
    Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola say that as he improves, he's getting bored in his isolation room.
  • Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:42:06 GMT
    Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
    Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
  • Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

    Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:21:03 GMT
    Sierra Leone is accusing the World Health Organization of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.
    Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.
  • 4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:21:10 GMT
    A top medical official in Sierra Leone says a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment.
    Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent...
  • Cuba sending dozens of doctors to fight Ebola

    Cuba sending dozens of doctors to fight Ebola

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-09-15 11:50:43 GMT
    Cuba's health ministry says it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health...
    Cuba's health ministry said Friday it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health...
  • Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

    Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:45 GMT
    From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants...
    From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have...
  • From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:36 GMT
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease...
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -...
  • Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

    Seeking help after years of 9/11 survivor guilt

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:20:33 GMT
    The roar of a plane. The rise of a new building. Terrorism in far-off lands.
    The roar of a plane above Lower Manhattan. The rise of a pristine tower where ruins once smoldered. News of terrorist attacks in far-off lands.
  • Livestrong takes hit after Armstrong confession

    Livestrong takes hit after Armstrong confession

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:13 GMT
    The Livestrong cancer charity is reporting a sharp drop in donations and revenue after founder Lance Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during most of his record-setting cycling career.
    The Livestrong cancer charity is reporting a sharp drop in donations and revenue after founder Lance Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during most of his record-setting cycling career.
  • Texas asks court to allow closure of most clinics

    Texas asks court to allow closure of most clinics

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:08 GMT
    A federal appeals court that has already upheld one Texas restriction on abortions is hearing arguments about an even tougher part of the same law: the requirement that all abortion clinics adopt costly...
    Texas asked a federal appeals court Friday to allow the state to immediately enforce a law requiring all abortion clinics to adhere to costly standards required for walk-in surgical clinics, which would close more than...
  • Ebola patient in Omaha eating ice cream

    Ebola patient in Omaha eating ice cream

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:30:06 GMT
    Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back.
    Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back.
  • Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 19:09:53 GMT
    Sierra Leone has requested funds from the World Health Organization to evacuate a doctor sickened with the deadly Ebola disease.
    The World Health Organization said Saturday it could not meet a request from Sierra Leone to evacuate a doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola disease.
  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:49:15 GMT
    More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty. They say the protections are needed to ensure that...
    More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers...
  • Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

    Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:49:08 GMT
    Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's most stringent waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that has no exception for rape or...
    Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or...
  • Body donation programs in 3 states scrutinized

    Body donation programs in 3 states scrutinized

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:29:25 GMT
    The FBI is investigating programs in at least three states that collect human bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes.
    Authorities are investigating programs in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes.
  • Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

    Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

    Friday, September 12 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 17:49:23 GMT
    A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a 2012 deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak is expected in federal court for his arraignment.
    A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty to a mail fraud charge Thursday as his lawyer said he is concerned he could be made a...
  • Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths

    Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:09:14 GMT
    By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a...
    By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a...
  • 4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

    4th Sierra Leonean doctor infected with Ebola

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:28:28 GMT
    Liberian officials are saying their country is at war with Ebola, and so many people are infected that the capital alone will need at least 1,000 beds in isolation units.
    Another doctor from Sierra Leone who has tested positive for Ebola will be evacuated for medical treatment, an official said Thursday, making her the first citizen of a hard-hit country to be treated abroad.
  • FDA panel backs Novo Nordisk injection for obesity

    FDA panel backs Novo Nordisk injection for obesity

    Thursday, September 11 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 21:48:19 GMT
    Federal health experts say Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug Victoza should be approved for a new use in treating obesity.
    Federal health experts say a diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk should be approved for a new use in treating obesity.
  • Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics

    Study: Many hospitals use too many antibiotics

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:48:43 GMT
    A new study suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job.
    Doctors in many U.S. hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job, a new study released Wednesday suggests.
  • 23andMe CEO navigates health regulation

    23andMe CEO navigates health regulation

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:50:03 GMT
    No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in health care than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based...
    No Silicon Valley company better embodies the promise and the pitfalls of working in health care than DNA testing firm 23andMe. Launched in 2006 to a flurry of media coverage, the Mountain View, California-based company...
  • 35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

    35 deaths attributed to Ebola outbreak in Congo

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-09-11 13:28:10 GMT
    The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened.
    The World Health Organization says that an Ebola outbreak in Congo is thought to have killed 35 people of the more than 60 sickened.
  • Missouri lawmakers enact 72-hour abortion wait

    Missouri lawmakers enact 72-hour abortion wait

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:07 AM EDT2014-09-11 05:07:53 GMT
    Missouri lawmakers enacted one of the nation's most stringent abortion waiting periods Wednesday, overriding a veto of legislation that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor before...
    Missouri lawmakers enacted one of the nation's most stringent abortion waiting periods Wednesday, overriding a veto of legislation that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor before ending a...
  • Nebraska doctors: Ebola patient improving

    Nebraska doctors: Ebola patient improving

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-09-11 04:47:38 GMT
    A Nebraska doctor treating an American who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia says the man's condition is improving.
    A Nebraska doctor treating an American who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia says the man's condition is improving.
  • 4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    4th US aid worker with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:59:16 GMT
    A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient.
    The fourth U.S. aid worker sickened with Ebola arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, mirroring the carefully choreographed routine of the two Americans already successfully treated and released from Emory University...
  • US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

    US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:48:30 GMT
    A Senegalese doctor says the student who brought Ebola to the West African country has recovered.
    As the U.S. government and the United Nations both stepped up giving Wednesday to quell the Ebola epidemic sweeping through several West African countries, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will spend $50...
  • Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

    Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:48:25 GMT
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million - on top of $10 million already committed - to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the...
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group's largest donation to a humanitarian effort.
  • GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

    GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:48:22 GMT
    Republicans controlling the House are set to unveil a short-term spending bill with new funds to battle the Ebola outbreak but no additional funding to cope with the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant children on...
    Republicans controlling the House unveiled a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government open into mid-December and provide $88 million to battle the Ebola outbreak.
  • Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

    Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:17:49 GMT
    Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.
    Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.
  • FBI: Air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

    FBI: Air marshal attacked with syringe in Nigeria

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:17:43 GMT
    The FBI says a U.S. air marshal was attacked with a syringe at a Nigerian airport.
    A U.S. air marshal was being monitored after being attacked with a syringe containing an unknown substance at a Nigerian airport, officials said Tuesday.
  • Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

    Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:38:15 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says it has reached out to all veterans on official and unofficial waiting lists at the VA's troubled Phoenix medical center, where a whistleblower first exposed long delays in...
    Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.
  • Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

    Thyroid, kidney cancers up in kids but still rare

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-09-10 17:28:19 GMT
    Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity.
    Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity.
  • Study: Screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

    Study: Screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:16:46 GMT
    Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older - although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating...
    Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older - although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to...
  • With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

    With surge in Liberia, Ebola case toll above 4,200

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:37:07 GMT
    The African Union is to send medical support teams to the West African countries affected by Ebola for a six-month mission.
    A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients.
  • Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

    Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:36:58 GMT
    A new study finds that many people newly covered by Medicaid under the federal health law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. That's one of the most expensive settings for health care.
    Many people newly insured by Medicaid under the federal health care law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms, one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes.
  • NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

    NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:37:25 GMT
    Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground...
    Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero.
  • Parkinson's, cancer findings earn medical prizes

    Parkinson's, cancer findings earn medical prizes

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-09-09 13:36:32 GMT
    Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists.
    Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists.
  • Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

    Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-09-09 13:16:17 GMT
    Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.
    Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.
  • 4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care

    4th American with Ebola to be flown to US for care

    Monday, September 8 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-09-09 00:18:44 GMT
    The American doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia appears to be better tolerating his experimental treatments, but his recovery remains uncertain.
    A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for care Tuesday and will be treated at an Atlanta hospital where two other aid workers successfully recovered from the disease, the...
  • WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases

    WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:26:12 GMT
    The African Union says the largest Ebola outbreak in history is creating a sense of siege in affected communities during an emergency meeting.
    The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are...
  • Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control mandate

    Missouri lawmaker challenges birth control mandate

    Monday, September 8 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-09-08 18:56:02 GMT
    A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection...
    A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection of his...
  • British boy arrives in Prague for cancer treatment

    British boy arrives in Prague for cancer treatment

    Monday, September 8 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-08 17:25:47 GMT
    A British boy who was taken from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent is on his way to Prague with his parents for treatment for his brain tumor.
    A British boy who caused an uproar after being taken by his parents from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent landed in Prague on Monday to get treatment for his brain tumor.
  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    Monday, September 8 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-09-08 17:16:06 GMT
    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business.
    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business.
  • Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

    Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:52 GMT
    Hospitals are becoming safer for very sick children, according to a new study that found steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care units.
    Hospitals are becoming safer for very sick children, according to a new study that found steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care units.
  • FDA OKs Merck drug, 1st in new cancer drug class

    FDA OKs Merck drug, 1st in new cancer drug class

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:35 GMT
    U.S. regulators have approved the first drug in a new class of cancer medicines that work by stimulating the immune system, a Merck drug developed for treating deadly skin cancer.
    Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments.
  • WHO: Use survivors' blood to treat Ebola patients

    WHO: Use survivors' blood to treat Ebola patients

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:33 GMT
    The World Health Organization recommends that doctors should use blood from survivors to treat patients in an effort to combat the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola.
    The World Health Organization recommends that doctors should use blood from survivors to treat patients in an effort to combat the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola.
  • NIH finds old ricin, other forgotten germs in labs

    NIH finds old ricin, other forgotten germs in labs

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:29 GMT
    The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored...
    The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous...
  • White House asks for $30M for CDC's Ebola efforts

    White House asks for $30M for CDC's Ebola efforts

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:26 GMT
    The White House is asking Congress for $58 million above current levels to speed the production of promising drugs to fight Ebola and to give additional flexibility to the Department of Homeland Security to cope...
    The White House on Friday sent Congress a request for $30 million to pay for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.
  • Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs

    Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-09-08 04:45:23 GMT
    A liberal-leaning think tank is unveiling a health care cost-control plan that borrows some Republican ideas.
    Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let states take the lead in controlling health costs.
  • Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

    Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

    Sunday, September 7 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-09-07 22:44:55 GMT
    New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection.
    New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way.
  • Obama warns Ebola outbreak could worsen

    Obama warns Ebola outbreak could worsen

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:55:05 GMT
    President Barack Obama says helping contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a U.S. national security priority but it's going to be a long and difficult task.
    President Barack Obama says helping contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a U.S. national security priority but it's going to be a long and difficult task.
  • Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

    Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

    Sunday, September 7 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-09-07 16:04:50 GMT
    As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors.
    As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors.
  • Wife, son of Ebola patient visit Nebraska center

    Wife, son of Ebola patient visit Nebraska center

    Sunday, September 7 2014 12:44 AM EDT2014-09-07 04:44:26 GMT
    A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has visited with two of his family members at the Nebraska hospital where he's receiving treatment.
    A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia visited Saturday with two of his family members at the Nebraska hospital where he's receiving treatment, a spokesman said.
  • Study: More than 8 in 10 US homes forbid smoking

    Study: More than 8 in 10 US homes forbid smoking

    Sunday, September 7 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-09-07 04:24:55 GMT
    Health officials say smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 U.S. homes - nearly twice what the numbers were two decades ago.
    Smoking is banned in more than eight out of 10 U.S. homes - nearly twice as many as two decades ago, according to a new government study.
  • US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

    US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

    Saturday, September 6 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-09-06 07:34:12 GMT
    A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia - the third American aid worker sickened with the virus - is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska...
    A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia - the third American aid worker sickened with the virus - is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center.
  • US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

    US doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

    Friday, September 5 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-09-05 22:26:52 GMT
    Medical professionals overseeing an Omaha isolation unit say a doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick, but is in stable condition.
    A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said Friday.
  • AP Photos: HIV patients in Myanmar struggle

    AP Photos: HIV patients in Myanmar struggle

    Friday, September 5 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-05 05:42:53 GMT
    Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half-century of dictatorship and self-imposed isolation, has one of the world's worst health care systems, with tens of thousands dying each year because treatment is...
    Myanmar, which only recently emerged from a half-century of dictatorship and self-imposed isolation, has one of the world's worst health care systems, with tens of thousands dying each year because treatment is lacking...
  • US to provide $75M to expand Ebola care centers

    US to provide $75M to expand Ebola care centers

    Thursday, September 4 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-09-05 01:35:42 GMT
    Health officials are monitoring more than 200 people in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt who may have been exposed to Ebola after a single man infected a doctor who then continued to treat patients...
    The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers.
  • US doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska

    US doctor infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska

    Thursday, September 4 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-09-05 00:04:41 GMT
    A missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday.
    A doctor who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment, doctors there said Thursday.
  • Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

    Thursday, September 4 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-09-04 21:53:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."
    President Barack Obama urged West Africans on Tuesday to wear gloves and masks when caring for Ebola patients or burying anyone who died of the disease. He also discouraged the traditional burial practice of directly...
  • Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

    Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

    Thursday, September 4 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-09-04 21:53:08 GMT
    A big study says removing both breasts to treat cancer in just one doesn't boost survival for most women. That's compared with removing just the tumor plus radiation.
    Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn't boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about...
  • Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

    Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:43:07 GMT
    An ex-employee of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made tainted steroids blamed for the deaths of 64 people was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said.
    A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials...
  • Brazil's maternal milk banks model for globe

    Brazil's maternal milk banks model for globe

    Thursday, September 4 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-09-04 13:26:30 GMT
    Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid to give away their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers that existed was so costly it limited...
    Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country's ability to...
  • US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

    US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-09-04 08:13:24 GMT
    A new study says Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor.
    Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
  • Pace of health care spending likely to speed up

    Pace of health care spending likely to speed up

    Thursday, September 4 2014 3:33 AM EDT2014-09-04 07:33:03 GMT
    The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.
    The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.
  • Preschools latest to take on green movement

    Preschools latest to take on green movement

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-09-04 01:32:26 GMT
    A new Oklahoma City preschool is staying away from plastic toys, serving only vegan and gluten-free food, and focusing on teaching children early about living a healthy lifestyle.
    Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas...
  • Texas abortion clinic to reopen after court ruling

    Texas abortion clinic to reopen after court ruling

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-09-04 01:32:25 GMT
    Women in South Texas facing a 200-mile drive for access to legal abortions learned Wednesday that a local clinic shuttered by a sweeping anti-abortion law would reopen, marking the first tangible effect of a court...
    Women in South Texas facing a 200-mile drive for access to legal abortions learned Wednesday that a local clinic shuttered by a sweeping anti-abortion law would reopen, marking the first tangible effect of a court ruling...
  • FDA: Little evidence to support testosterone drugs

    FDA: Little evidence to support testosterone drugs

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-03 19:22:46 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are beneficial, though the agency is also unconvinced by recent studies suggesting...
    The Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are beneficial, though the agency is also unconvinced by studies suggesting the hormone...
  • WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria

    WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-03 19:02:27 GMT
    A British man infected with the deadly Ebola virus has been released from a London hospital after making a full recovery.
    An ill doctor in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the Ebola virus by continuing to treat patients before his death, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday as it announced the toll across West Africa had...
  • British parents reunite with ill son at hospital

    British parents reunite with ill son at hospital

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-09-03 15:22:50 GMT
    The British parents who took their critically ill son for treatment abroad are heading to see him at a hospital in southern Spain following their release from custody after U.K. authorities dropped accusations of...
    The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a UK hospital for treatment abroad reunited with the child Wednesday after they were released from a Spanish prison.
  • Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:12:17 GMT
    The U.N. is warning that food prices are rising in countries hit by Ebola and that it'll get worse because many farmers won't be able to access fields during the upcoming harvests of rice and corn.
    The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."
  • Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

    Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:24:05 GMT
    U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary...
    The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child...
  • Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

    Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:12:07 GMT
    When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a...
    When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering...
  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

    Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:32 GMT
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the...
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak...
  • Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:16 GMT
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
    If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:31:30 GMT
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.
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