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Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
24 Jul 2014 at 10:39am
MIAMI (AP) ? Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
China lifts quarantine after man dies of plague
23 Jul 2014 at 10:27pm
BEIJING (AP) ? A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted, China's official news agency reported Thursday.
GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot
24 Jul 2014 at 3:51am
LONDON (AP) ? Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency.
Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot
24 Jul 2014 at 11:41am
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. "It cleared easily," said Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. It would not apply to food served in restaurants or to animal feed. Oregon is only one of many states wrestling with the hotly contested issue of GMO labeling.
U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama
24 Jul 2014 at 11:30am
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama's use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a "king-like authority." But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans who have called for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be a first step toward removing him from office.
CDC resumes tuberculosis lab transfers halted after anthrax mishap
24 Jul 2014 at 11:24am
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday lifted a moratorium on transfers of inactivated materials from its clinical tuberculosis laboratory, after a bioterror lab mishap last month potentially exposed workers to live anthrax, prompting the halt of transfers from other high-containment labs. The tuberculosis lab, which last year processed more than 500 specimens from around the United States, is the first of the CDC's high-containment labs to be cleared to resume transfers of biological materials. Its other such labs remain on hold, the CDC said. The CDC also announced on Thursday the members of a new panel of independent experts who will advise CDC's director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, on safety issues and corrective actions for the agency's labs.
Watch: Sierra Leone's Chief Ebola Doctor Catches the Virus
24 Jul 2014 at 11:14am
The latest victim in the fight against the deadly virus in West Africa is the man leading the fight.
Lou Gehrig's disease is rare, 1st US count finds
24 Jul 2014 at 11:12am
NEW YORK (AP) ? The government has issued its first national estimate for Lou Gehrig's disease, confirming the devastating disease is rare.
More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine
24 Jul 2014 at 10:56am
NEW YORK (AP) ? More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn't much of a bump, the government reported Thursday.
Child siblings may influence each other?s obesity risk
24 Jul 2014 at 10:42am
By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brothers or sisters might have a greater influence than parents on a child?s likelihood of being obese, suggests new U.S. research. The study, based on data from the larger national Family Health Habits Survey, found that kids with obese parents were about twice as likely to be obese themselves, but having an obese sibling raised a child?s risk of obesity five-fold or more in some cases. ?When you look at a two-child family, a child's obesity status was more strongly related with their sibling than with their parent,? said Mark Pachucki, a researcher with the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who led the analysis. Past research has shown that parents? obesity, health habits and the environment they create in the household can all influence whether their kids will be obese, Pachuki and his colleagues note in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola
24 Jul 2014 at 10:30am
By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak in February, straining their flimsy healthcare systems despite international help. A spokesman for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva confirmed Nigeria had "one suspect case" and said samples had been sent to a WHO lab for testing. "The Nigerian Ministry of Health has implemented control measures in the meantime," he told Reuters.
Exclusive: Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria
24 Jul 2014 at 10:26am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower's email reviewed by Reuters. The allegations relate to its former consumer healthcare operations in Syria, which were closed down in 2012 due to the worsening civil war in the country. GSK has been rocked by corruption allegations since last July, when Chinese authorities accused it of funneling up to 3 billion yuan ($480 million) to doctors and officials to encourage them to use its medicines. Syria is the sixth country to be added to the list.
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More girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine
24 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
NEW YORK (AP) ? The government is reporting an increase in teen U.S. girls getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine ? but it's not much of a bump.