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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
30 Jul 2014 at 10:24am
Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.
$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
29 Jul 2014 at 3:47pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
29 Jul 2014 at 5:55pm
Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.
Liberia shuts schools, quarantines communities in bid to halt Ebola
30 Jul 2014 at 11:01am
By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia announced on Wednesday the quarantine of a number of communities and the closure of schools across the country, the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the measures, part of an action plan that included placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave. As of July 23, 672 deaths have been blamed on Ebola in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to World Health Organisation figures. Liberia accounted for just under one-fifth of those deaths.
At least 34 killed in stampede at Guinea beach concert
30 Jul 2014 at 10:48am
By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources said on Wednesday. Hundreds of people gathered at the Donka hospital in predominantly Muslim Guinea's capital to visit the injured and identify the dead.
White House condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza
30 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza that local authorities estimated killed at least 15 Palestinians who were sheltering there. "We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in U.N. designated shelters in Gaza," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. "We also condemn those responsible for hiding weapons in United Nations facilities in Gaza. ...
Lorillard e-cigarette sales slip as competition rises
30 Jul 2014 at 10:35am
Lorillard Inc. on Wednesday reported significant declines in its electronic cigarettes sales, raising questions about the strength of the nascent market. Sales of its electronic devices dropped 35 percent to $37 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to $57 million for the same period last year. Lorillard blamed much of the decline on greater competition from rivals Altria Group Inc and Reynolds American Inc, which are rolling out this summer their own e-cigarettes brands - Vuse and MarkTen - nationwide. "The eCig category possesses none of the wide moat characteristics of cigarettes, and we are concerned that today's market leader could be usurped by one of the emerging technologies," said Morningstar analyst Philip Gorham.
Aid Group Evacuates Workers From West Africa Amid Ebola Outbreak
30 Jul 2014 at 10:29am
The aid group Samaritan's Purse is pulling nonessential personnel out of West Africa after two workers contracted Ebola.
5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth
30 Jul 2014 at 10:20am
After my morning cup of coffee, leftover pasta with tomato sauce for lunch, and snacking on some fresh cherries, I combed over my finalized list of foods that stain your teeth and realized how many foods on that list that I had just eaten. On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth....
More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC
30 Jul 2014 at 10:15am
Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey in the past week, according to new federal data. The number of cases in New Jersey more than doubled to 25, while New York has recorded 44 cases, the highest number outside Florida, where the disease first established a toehold in the United States, according to data released late Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials in New Jersey and New York do not believe any of the cases originated in their state. Small children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Humana shares fall as U.S. health insurer cost worries grow
30 Jul 2014 at 10:13am
(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a lower profit owing to higher costs on Wednesday, as mounting concerns about increased medical spending drove health insurance industry shares lower for a second straight day. Humana said its higher costs were related to medical spending by new enrollees in the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, investments for those exchanges and costly new hepatitis C drug treatments. Humana shares fell 6.5 percent to $119.26, while WellPoint Inc, which also announced earnings on Wednesday, declined 1.9 percent to $110.45. Aetna Inc, which reported higher medical costs on Tuesday, fell 3.8 percent, UnitedHealth Group Inc declined 2.7 percent and Cigna, which reports on Thursday, fell 1.9 percent.
U.S. doctor, missionary with Ebola show improvement
30 Jul 2014 at 10:02am
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Africa while responding to an outbreak of the deadly virus have shown slight improvement but remain in serious condition, a relief organization said on Wednesday. Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol were part of a team in Liberia from two North Carolina-based Christian relief groups, Samaritan's Purse and SIM. The groups plan to evacuate nonessential personnel from Liberia as Ebola cases there mount. "Because of instability and ongoing security issues in the area, Samaritan's Purse is making arrangements for nonessential personnel to leave the country," the organization said in a statement.
Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up
30 Jul 2014 at 9:53am
By David Lewis DAKAR (Reuters) - An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday. Protests by the local community against the construction of a new isolation unit at Elwa Hospital have ended, said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant minister of health, but patients with Ebola symptoms will have to wait at home until work is finished. West Africa is battling the worst Ebola outbreak on record, with 672 people believed to have died in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra since the epidemic began in February, according to the World Health Organisation.
Boston Scientific wins first trial over transvaginal mesh device
30 Jul 2014 at 9:26am
A Massachusetts jury has cleared Boston Scientific Corp of selling dangerous and defective transvaginal mesh devices, in the first out of more than 20,000 lawsuits waiting to go to trial. The verdict came Tuesday in a suit brought by Diane Albright, who in 2012 claimed that the Pinnacle device she was implanted with was faulty, causing complications that included pain, bleeding and incontinence. Following a trial of almost three weeks, jurors found that Boston Scientific was not liable for Albright's injuries. "While we were disappointed with the verdict, it was a privilege to represent Mrs. Albright and to give a voice to her story," said her lawyer, Fidelma Fitzpatrick of Motley Rice.
Pacific islanders battle the bulge as obesity toll grows
30 Jul 2014 at 9:26am
The new chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) said Wednesday that he was determined to change the unhealthy lifestyle choices that have made his region the fattest in the world. Palau President Tommy Remengesau said that junk food had become a blight on Pacific island communities, leading to epidemic rates of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure among an increasingly obese population. In a region that was once legendary for its muscular warriors and lithe womenfolk, Remengesau said he feared a generation of Pacific islanders had already been lost to such non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Remengesau took over chairmanship of the PIF at a ceremony in Palau on Tuesday night, and was out and about in the capital Koror before dawn Wednesday morning spreading his healthy lifestyle message.