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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near
13 Aug 2014 at 12:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.
Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug
12 Aug 2014 at 12:41am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?
Texas abortion law could send women across borders
12 Aug 2014 at 1:40pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) ? Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn't require leaving town.
CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries
22 Aug 2014 at 1:52pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding.
U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies
22 Aug 2014 at 1:28pm
(Reuters) - The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The move follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed certain for-profit companies to refuse to cover contraceptives due to the religious beliefs of their owners. It provides for insurers to offer contraception to employees through separate coverage. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law requires companies to provide free birth control coverage as a preventive service included in their health plans.
Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk
22 Aug 2014 at 1:17pm
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) ? Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say. An increased risk of breast cancer among women with a ?false positive? mammogram has been reported before. She told Reuters Health in a telephone interview that she could not explain most of the increased risk of later breast cancer in women with false-positive mammograms.
Cholera outbreak in Ghana kills at least 67 since June: health authorities
22 Aug 2014 at 1:16pm
By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) said the outbreak was centered on impoverished communities in urban areas in the south that lack adequate toilets, though there were also a few cases in rural parts of the north of the West African state. Some 54 people have died in or near the capital Accra, and around 300 people are now being infected daily with the highly contagious disease, putting pressure on local health facilities, said Linda Van-Otoo, GHS director for Greater Accra. "It is not only a health issue, there is a big element of environmental sanitation," she said, adding that local authorities were attempting to tackle the root causes of the disease as well as treat the influx of patients.
Fight against Ebola outbreak will take 'several months'
22 Aug 2014 at 1:06pm
Monrovia (AFP) - The fight to combat Ebola will take "several months of hard work", the World Health Organization's Assistant Director-General, Dr Keiji Fukuda, warned in Monrovia on Friday.
Tech chief behind Healthcare.gov leaves White House: source
22 Aug 2014 at 12:59pm
Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top advisor to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast as part of a White House team at the end of the month, the source said on condition of anonymity because the news has not been made public. The White House has held discussions with former executives at Google, LinkedIn and Twitter about a potential replacement, according to Fortune, which first reported his move on Friday.
New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups
22 Aug 2014 at 12:56pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.
These 6 Inspirational Athletes Show Us How To Beat The Odds
22 Aug 2014 at 12:56pm
What if you fell in love with a sport, but there was a large obstacle in your path, threatening to prevent you from playing it? These athletes know exactly how that feels. This video from YouTube Nation tells the stories of six young competitors who face a diverse array of challenges -- and how each of them thrives in overcoming them.From the...
Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
22 Aug 2014 at 12:43pm
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) ? Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.
Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO
22 Aug 2014 at 12:24pm
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak sweeping through west African countries has risen to 1,427 out of more than 2,600 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday. The previous death toll was 1,350.
FAA certifies Boeing 787-9 with GE engines: document
22 Aug 2014 at 12:15pm
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The FAA has certified Boeing Co's 787-9 Dreamliner for use with General Electric Co engines, clearing the way for first deliveries of the new aircraft with the U.S.-made engines expected later this month. The 787-9 is a larger version of the original Dreamliner and had already obtained FAA certification with Rolls-Royce engines. The first delivery of that configuration occurred in June. An FAA certification document dated Thursday showed both the Rolls and GE engines as approved on the 787-9. The FAA and Boeing did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...
Kentucky firefighter critical after ice bucket challenge mishap
22 Aug 2014 at 11:49am
A Kentucky firefighter was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in an "ice bucket" fundraiser. Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn, 22, from the Campbellsville Fire Department sustained electrocution injuries Thursday morning in a ladder bucket and two other firefighters were hurt coming to their aid, officials said. Grider was listed in critical condition Friday at University of Louisville Hospital and Quinn as stable, the hospital said.