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  • From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 — starting with how to stay safe. "You don't have to be...

  • California mandates sick days for workers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups. "This is the least we can do," Brown told...

  • US gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — 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 million on the international effort seeking...

  • Medical examiners critical of Veterans Affairs IG

    Doctors say "conclusive" proof is an unrealistic standard in judging whether patients at Phoenix VA hospital were harmed.

  • White House threatens veto of GOP Obamacare bill

    According to the White House, the GOP bill "would allow insurers to deploy practices such as charging businesses more when a worker has a pre‑existing condition or when it has more workers who are women than men.”

  • The Great Obamacare Cashout: Medicare overhaul chief cashes out to CareFirst

    Jonathan Blum has passed through the revolving door, becoming an executive vice president at insurance giant CareFirst.

  • Medical expert’s testimony not good enough in asbestos lung cancer case, Ohio SC rules

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that the medical doctor testifying on causation in a former smoker’s asbestos case must be a treating physician and must indicate that the smoking habit, alone, is insufficient to cause the asbestos-related disease for the...

  • Ochsner to acquire St. John Parish hospital

    LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Ochsner Health System said that it has reached an agreement to acquire River Parishes Hospital in St. John the Baptist Parish Ochsner officials say plans call for turning the underused 80-bed acute-care hospital into an outpatient clinic providing emergency and primary care...

  • Monroe hospital plans to cut 300 jobs

    MONROE, La. (AP) — St. Francis Medical Center, one of Ouachita Parish's largest private employers, plans to cut about 300 jobs before the end of the year. In a statement from the hospital on Tuesday, St. Francis said it would offer about 300 employees a voluntary workforce adjustment...

  • Lilly receives European marketing OK for insulin

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — European regulators have approved a long-lasting insulin from Eli Lilly and Co. and German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim that is the subject of patent infringement litigation with French rival Sanofi. Lilly said Wednesday that the European Commission granted marketing...

  • 'Someone is loving Obamacare, among them WellPoint shareholders'

    Remember when President Obama and the Democrats sold Obamacare as a way to stick it to the insurers and painted Obamacare opponents as shills for the HMOs?

  • Cheaper drugs can also mean less choice without savings for patients

    The economics of American healthcare are dictated by the Golden Rule: "He who has the gold makes the rules."

  • Lawsuit argues Texas to use expired execution drug

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court late Tuesday rejected a lawsuit contending that a Texas death row inmate scheduled for execution could be subjected to unconstitutionally "tortuous" pain because the drug used in his lethal injection could be expired and ineffective. Willie Trottie, 45,...

  • Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The study examined toxicology...

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

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — 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. A higher proportion of health workers has been infected in this outbreak...



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