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Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack
22 Jul 2014 at 12:42pm
DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) ? 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.
Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash
22 Jul 2014 at 12:54pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? 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.
White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling
22 Jul 2014 at 8:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? 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.
Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare
22 Jul 2014 at 1:34pm
By Randi Belisomo NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous for her deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, is now touching a chord with the ?sandwich generation? with her wryly sensitive graphic memoir about caring for her aging parents. Readers of her new book, ?Can?t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?? see their own experiences reflected in Chast?s sketches of her struggles caring for George and Elizabeth, her stubborn, quirky, ?codependent? Jewish parents in Brooklyn. ?Whether they are Midwestern Lutherans or Jewish girls from Brooklyn, details are different, but the story is the same.? Chast didn?t know how to broach the painful issues of eldercare with George and Elizabeth, who lived independently into their 90s. Elizabeth, a self-described ?Jewish Christian Scientist,? informs the attorney that hospitals are where ?you go to die? and that doctors ?have a God complex.? Her preferences, however, are clear, and emphasized in capital letters.
Deaf Toddler Has Second Brainstem Device Surgery to Help Him Hear
22 Jul 2014 at 1:33pm
A deaf toddler, who underwent surgery to have a radical auditory device implanted into his brainstem to help him hear, is showing vast improvement after undergoing the surgery a second time, giving new hope that the device could one day be a viable treatment option for deaf children.
Fourth bacterial infection death reported at South Carolina hospital
22 Jul 2014 at 1:26pm
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A patient who contracted a rare bacterial infection during surgery at a South Carolina hospital died last week, bringing the total deaths to four since the outbreak was first suspected in May, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The four dead are among 15 patients infected by Mycobacterium abscessus during surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. Hospital officials cited tap water as the likely origin of the bacteria. "Although we use sterile water in or near the surgical sterile field, even something as seemingly safe as pre-surgery hand washing may have contributed," said Dr. Robert Mobley Jr., the hospital's medical director of quality.
Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA
22 Jul 2014 at 1:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? 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.
Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot
22 Jul 2014 at 1:04pm
(Reuters) - An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. "This is a moment we've been waiting for, that we've worked months to get to," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for the campaign in favor of the Oregon initiative.
U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare
22 Jul 2014 at 1:00pm
By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.
Dueling Rulings: Courts Split on Health Law Clash
22 Jul 2014 at 12:56pm
New challenge to Obama health law: Split rulings by appeals courts but subsidies keep flowing
U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty
22 Jul 2014 at 12:48pm
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate. Although 146 nations and the European Union have ratified the United Nations convention, it has failed to win approval in the deeply divided U.S. Senate, where many conservatives are wary of subjecting American social policies to global laws. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Only two Republicans, John McCain of Arizona and John Barrasso of Wyoming, joined the panel's 10 Democrats in favor.
Insurance Won't Cover Therapy to Save Girl's Eyesight
22 Jul 2014 at 12:31pm
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California firm issues nationwide fruit recall
22 Jul 2014 at 12:09pm
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) ? A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
Pregnancy doesn?t drive women doctors out of surgical training
22 Jul 2014 at 11:53am
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study disputes a common stereotype that women who become pregnant during surgical training often drop out of those training programs. Researchers led by Dr. Erin G. Brown of the University of California, Davis found that neither women nor men who had children born during their school?s surgical residency program were more likely to quit than residents who did not have children during training. Brown told Reuters Health the idea for the study came to her when she was pregnant with her daughter, now one and a half years old, during her surgical residency. It?s a slow, steady culture change away from the old boys? club mentality that women who have children during training aren?t going to cut it,? she said.
Dutch prepare to mourn as task of identifying bodies begins
22 Jul 2014 at 11:53am
The remains of the victims of last week's downing of a Malaysian airliner will begin to arrive in the Netherlands on Wednesday, but the intricate and harrowing process of giving names to the bodies could take weeks or months, Dutch officials said. Two military transport aircraft will touch down at 1400 GMT (10 a.m. ET) at the airport in Eindhoven in the southern Netherlands on Wednesday, which has been declared the country's first day of mourning in more than half a century. At Eindhoven, the first bodies will be unloaded to a solemn trumpet salute as dignitaries including the Dutch King and Queen and representatives of other countries that lost citizens look on, the Dutch governement said. The Netherlands is taking the lead in identifying the 298 victims of Thursday's crash, 193 of whom were Dutch.