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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout
30 Jul 2014 at 11:40pm
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.
Food scare driving away Yum, McDonald's diners in China
31 Jul 2014 at 10:11am
A food safety scare in China is testing local consumers' loyalty to foreign fast-food brands, including McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc, which owns the KFC and Pizza Hut chains. Yum said on Wednesday that the scare, triggered by a TV report earlier this month showing improper meat handling by a supplier, Shanghai Husi Food, caused "significant, negative" damage to sales at KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants over the past 10 days. "If the significant sales impact is sustained, it will have a material effect on full-year earnings per share," Yum said in a regulatory filing. Shares in Yum, which counts China as its No. 1 market, tumbled nearly 7 percent on Thursday.
China seizes 12 tonnes of melamine tainted yoghurt candy
31 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
Police in the southern province of Guangdong made the discovery during a sweep of food producers and have detained the manager of the factory that produced it, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps: U.S. official
31 Jul 2014 at 10:08am
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday. "It won't be perfect," Andrew Slavitt, a newly appointed principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told lawmakers at hearing before a House of Representatives oversight committee. Despite claims by Obamacare's foes that consumers would face double-digit cost increases for 2015, Slavitt said early indications from several states, including Rhode Island, Delaware and Washington, point to premium hikes in the mid-single digits. Slavitt was previously an executive at a government contractor working on the site and a leader of the rescue team that turned around HealthCare.gov in time to allow more than 5 million people in 36 states to obtain coverage.
U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups
31 Jul 2014 at 10:00am
By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals are getting a stronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-income patients whose bills are paid by the government's Medicaid program, raising their profit forecasts as a result. The growing numbers of Medicaid patients helped hospital operator HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit chain, post stronger earnings in the second quarter than initially forecast. Notably fewer uninsured patients came through its doors, HCA said, as millions of Americans signed up for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. "In general, Medicaid is the real driver of increases in insured populations," said Snow Capital Management analyst Jessica Bemer.
WHO launching $100 million plan to combat Ebola
31 Jul 2014 at 9:39am
The World Health Organisation is launching a $100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the U.N. agency said on Thursday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will meet in Conakry, Guinea on Friday with the presidents of affected West African nations, it said in a statement. "The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level and this will require increased resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness and coordination," said Chan. Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa.
'Breathless and Burdened' wins Heywood Broun Award
31 Jul 2014 at 9:37am
The Newspaper Guild has honored a CPI/ABC investigation of the federal black lung benefits system with the 2014 Heywood Broun Award.
Ebola to be discussed at Washington summit next week: U.S. official
31 Jul 2014 at 9:25am
The spread of the deadly Ebola virus and assistance for affected countries will be discussed during an African summit in Washington next week, a senior State Department official said on Thursday. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the issue will be discussed in detail during side meetings. It is unclear whether the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, still plans to travel to Washington.
Australia urged to come clean on asylum-seekers' mental health
31 Jul 2014 at 9:18am
Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems. The facilities have been under the spotlight in recent weeks following reports that up to a dozen mothers had attempted suicide at a detention centre on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. The women did so under the belief that their babies would have a better chance of being settled in Australia if they were orphans, reports said. A leading psychiatrist alleged at a national inquiry into the mandatory detention of children seeking asylum that figures showing the extent of mental health issues had been covered up by the immigration department.
Beat the Annual Yo-Yo Dieting Cycle
31 Jul 2014 at 8:57am
There is a common yearly weight loss, weight gain cycle: In my nearly three decades working in the weight loss industry, I've seen that August is second to December in the rate of weight gain, with September being second to January in weight loss. Why is this, and how can you change and benefit by recognizing this yo-yo cycle?December is the...
Russia bans Ukraine's soy, mulls ban on Greek fruit, U.S. poultry
31 Jul 2014 at 8:49am
MOSCOW/ATHENS (Reuters) - Russia has banned soy imports from Ukraine and may impose restrictions on Greek fruits and U.S. poultry next week, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, in what could be responses to new Western sanctions. Russia has already announced several bans on food imports following Western sanctions over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine. It has decided to suspend Ukrainian soy, soymeal and sunseed imports starting from Aug. 1 due to a breach of phytosanitary requirements, Interfax reported, citing the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS). ...
A Spoonful of Support Helps the Medicine Go Down
31 Jul 2014 at 8:49am
When I was a little girl I remember watching an episode of Oprah. Man, did that woman know how to work a talk show and get those tears going. Almost every single time I happened to bump into one of her shows, she was somehow giving the audience members gifts of ginormous proportions.But there was one episode in particular that has stuck in my...
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
31 Jul 2014 at 8:43am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.