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  • WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — 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 surged above 1,900 fatalities. Officials in...

  • Mitch McConnell concedes Medicaid expansion may last

    In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, the Republican Minority Leader argued that Kentucky's acceptance of federal funding to expand Medicaid was a "mistake" but he also suggested it may not be undone.

  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark said it will now be known as CVS Health, effective immediately. The signs on its roughly 7,700...

  • Michelle Obama cameo in 'Funny or Die' video showing kids dying from candy

    First lady Michelle Obama has taken her kid health campaign to a new level, appearing in a "Funny or Die" video that shows teens gorging on candy and junk food -- and then dying -- before a heroine in the mode of the Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence appears to save the day.

  • The 'Kronies' get into politics, highlighting the special interests behind Democrats' Obamacare votes

    Sen. Kay Hagan delivered crucial support to the 2009 package of healthcare subsidies, mandates, and regulations known as Obamacare. Back then, the drug industry pledged to help any Democratic senators endangered by their support of the bill.

  • Illinois Medicaid pushes long-acting birth control

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration wants to double down on long-acting birth control methods for the poor, hoping to save taxpayer money on unplanned pregnancies. Officials with the Illinois Medicaid program plan to increase payments to doctors and clinics for methods such as...

  • Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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." In separate remarks after a United Nations...

  • Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal. But a new set of marijuana production standards up for public review...

  • Health care spending in Massachusetts on the rise

    BOSTON (AP) — A new report Tuesday offered a mixed diagnosis on health care costs in Massachusetts, finding that while total spending continued to grow faster than inflation, the increase stayed well within parameters set by the state. The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by...

  • GOPer's ad backs OTC birth control

    Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is putting campaign cash behind a conservative argument that's been picking up steam in recent months.

  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends. Beer, who was 17 in October 2012...

  • Union launches Obamacare accountability website

    Obamacare still needs some fixes until it reaches what Unite Here calls its "full potential," and the union wants to make sure that those happen.

  • Health care leads San Juan County to consider cuts

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A new law that calls for New Mexico counties to funnel more gross receipts taxes to a fund that helps hospitals pay for uninsured care is forcing San Juan County to consider cutting services and raising taxes. The county has already frozen or abolished dozens of...

  • US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

    CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor. Those results show a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal. The 12-year study used an index of healthy eating where a perfect...

  • Health care workers feel cost-cutting pressure

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Memorial Hospital and its largest union reached a tentative contract last week, after five months of talks - but only after a federal mediator was brought in, there was picketing outside the Dunkirk facility and a union voted to authorize a strike. In Niagara County,...



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