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Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured
18 Jun 2013 at 12:54pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? A nonprofit group helping to spread the word about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul launched a campaign Tuesday that will target states with high numbers of uninsured Americans and tackle their skepticism with straightforward messages.
Medicare: Cost-saving changes coming for diabetics
18 Jun 2013 at 11:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Medicare begins a major change next month that could save older diabetics money and time when they buy crucial supplies to test their blood sugar ? but it also may cause some confusion as patients figure out the new system.
Especially grim encephalitis toll feared in India
18 Jun 2013 at 5:50pm
GORAKHPUR, India (AP) ? A mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India again this monsoon season in what officials worry could be the deadliest outbreak in nearly a decade.
Study: Wiser medication use could cut health costs
19 Jun 2013 at 3:06am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ? If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year, by reducing medication overuse, underuse and other flaws in care that cause complications and longer, more-expensive treatments, researchers conclude.
Fast Thinking Saves Lives From Stroke
19 Jun 2013 at 3:01am
EU fines Lundbeck, eight others 146 million euros for blocking cheaper drugs
19 Jun 2013 at 2:55am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators fined nine drugmakers a total of 146 million euros ($195.5 million) on Wednesday for blocking the supply of cheaper medicines on the market, with a penalty of 94 million euros imposed on Denmark's Lundbeck. The punishments follow a 2009 report by the European Commission on the pharmaceutical sector, which said "pay-for-delay" deals lead to consumers paying as much as 20 percent more for their medicines. The European Commission, which acts as competition regulator across the 27-member European Union, imposed a 21. ...
AstraZeneca, Bristol diabetes drug disappoints in key test
19 Jun 2013 at 12:07am
By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb's diabetes drug Onglyza failed to reduce heart risks in a large clinical study, disappointing investors who had thought it might demonstrate an edge over rivals. The companies, which jointly sell several diabetes drugs, said on Wednesday the so-called SAVOR trial showed that patients on Onglyza had no fewer adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, than those on placebo. ...
Analysis: Hospital investors sold on U.S. health reform despite bumps
18 Jun 2013 at 10:05pm
By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. hospital operators have been on a tear this year, on average posting triple the gains of the broader stock market, as investors tallied up the benefits of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform. While some on Wall Street have held back amid signs of trouble as U.S. states prepare to implement the reform law, long-term investors still see more reward than risk on the horizon for hospital stocks. They expect company earnings to strengthen as more Americans gain insurance coverage and hospitals lose less money treating the uninsured. ...
Accused Colorado theater gunman's lawyers seek psychiatric hospital video
18 Jun 2013 at 9:26pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Attorneys for the former graduate student charged with shooting 12 moviegoers to death in a Denver-area theater last summer have renewed their bid for access to a videotape of their client at the hospital where he was undergoing psychiatric treatment. In a motion filed on Tuesday in Arapahoe County District Court, lawyers for James Holmes asked to be permitted to view footage of their client inside the facility where he was taken last November after jail officials deemed him a danger to himself. ...
Singapore fumes as air pollution hits 16-year high
18 Jun 2013 at 7:17pm
SINGAPORE (AP) ? Singaporeans rolled back military training, kept cough-stricken children indoors and considered wearing protective masks to work after a smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia caused air pollution to briefly hit its worst level in nearly 16 years.
18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda
18 Jun 2013 at 7:11pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.
Beverage group: 18 mayors wrong on sugary drinks
18 Jun 2013 at 7:01pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The American Beverage Association says efforts by the mayors of 18 cities to stop food stamps from being used to buy sugary drinks won't make the nation healthier.
Republican-led House passes bill restricting abortion
18 Jun 2013 at 6:12pm
By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation severely restricting abortions, a move that could alienate women from the conservative party. The bill would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization occurs, a time when a fetus begins to feel pain, Republicans said. The legislation makes exceptions for victims of rape and incest as long as they first report the crime to authorities. The bill has no chance of becoming law with Democrats controlling the Senate and the White House threatening to veto it. ...
Melissa Etheridge Calls Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy 'the Most Fearful Choice ...
18 Jun 2013 at 5:37pm
By Tony Maglio LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Melissa Etheridge believes Angelina Jolie jumped the gun with her double mastectomy. The singer, a breast cancer survivor, told The Washington Blade that she has the same BRCA gene mutation as Jolie. When asked about Jolie's choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy, Etheridge called Jolie's decision "the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer." "I wouldn't call it the brave choice," the singer said. ...
Outbreak of deadly piglet virus spreads to 13 U.S. states
18 Jun 2013 at 5:35pm
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A swine virus deadly to young pigs, one never before seen in North America, is spreading rapidly across the United States and proving harder to control than previously believed. The virus now has spread to 13 states - with more than 100 positive cases to date - since it was first diagnosed in the United States last month, said Montserrat Torremorell, the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. ...