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  • Official: 2nd worker tests positive for Ebola

    DALLAS (AP) — A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, …


  • Numerous buildings uninhabitable after Napa Valley earthquake

    Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. Napa …


  • Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet sale price for a standard back brace: $99.99. What Medicare pays for the item: $900-plus.


  • Senate moves bill covering fertility care for vets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wounded veterans and their spouses who want to have children could get the government to pay for treatments such as in vitro fertilization under legislation beginning to …


  • Drug makers’ settlements get high court review

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take a close look at payments from brand-name drug makers to manufacturers of generic equivalents to keep the no-name products off the market …


  • Court: Can generic makers be sued for drug flaws?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether generic drug manufacturers can be held responsible in state courts for possible design defects that are in the brand-name medicine they …


  • APNewsBreak: DeCinces indicted for insider trading

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Baltimore Orioles all-star Doug DeCinces and three others were indicted Wednesday on insider trading charges involving the use of information prior to the takeover of …


  • Simple measures cut infections caught in hospitals

    CHICAGO (AP) — Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals …


  • ‘Dallas’ star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

    J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed …


  • States get more time to work on health care plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to show flexibility without slowing down President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration said Friday states can have more time to work out their roles …


  • Study: Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved …


  • Boehringer Ingelheim to pay $95M in settlement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $95 million to settle allegations that the company promoted three drugs for uses that were not medically accepted, the government announced …


  • CPR less likely for minorities on street or home

    CHICAGO (AP) — People who collapse from cardiac arrest in poor black neighborhoods are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or bystanders on the street …


  • APNewsBreak: Questions for Medicare in outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation’s drug supply. The giant health insurance program for …


  • CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation’s growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday …


  • Oklahoma to end Planned Parenthood contracts

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is withdrawing federal funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in Tulsa that for 18 years has allowed them to provide food and nutritional counseling to …


  • Outbreak spotlights safety of custom-mixed drugs

    Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize. These medicines …


  • Rare meningitis cases up to 26 in 5 states, 4 die

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections, health officials said Wednesday. …


  • Another manufacturer blocks drug for execution use

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The manufacturer of the anesthetic blamed for Michael Jackson’s death said Thursday it won’t sell the drug for use in executions, a setback for Missouri and …


  • Murdered Kansas doctor’s abortion clinic sold

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The shuttered Wichita abortion clinic formerly operated by the late Dr. George Tiller has been bought by an abortion-rights group that intends to reopen it as …


  • J&J taps Bayer exec for new post over 3 divisions

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is hiring a Bayer Group executive for a new position overseeing J&J’s troubled consumer health and manufacturing operations, as new CEO Alex Gorsky …


  • Studies: Alzheimer drug may stabilize brain plaque

    An experimental drug that failed to stop mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients also signaled potential benefit that suggests it might help if given earlier, fuller results of two major studies …


  • Surprising new medicine to heal wounded warriors

    BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


  • J&J again seeks more approvals for clot blocker

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Friday that it has given the Food and Drug Administration additional data to on its new anticlotting drug, in a second attempt …


  • British health chief dubbed “minister for magic”

    LONDON (AP) — He supports homeopathy, a practice that many experts liken to snake oil. He opposes late-term abortion, falling afoul of this mostly pro-choice nation. During the London Olympics, …


  • Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other …


  • News Summary: Consumer group sues FDA over drug

    SAFETY QUESTION: Public Citizen says it’s filed a federal lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market …


  • India’s emergency medical care system in tatters

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Bharat Singh saw headlights zooming toward his motorbike and swerved. For a split second, he thought he had dodged the truck. Then his passenger screamed. Singh …


  • Refunds on way to cover CVS business’ price error

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission said that it is mailing refund checks to 13,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were overcharged for drugs because a CVS Caremark …


  • Ex-Obama advisers seek health care cost control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama’s former advisers are proposing major changes aimed at controlling health care costs as political uncertainty hovers over his health law. Call it …

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