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  • Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states

    For nearly a decade, opposition to former President Barack Obama's health care law has been a winning message for Nebraska Republicans.
  • Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence again forced crucial virus-containment efforts to be suspended. “It will be very hard to stop the outbreak if this violence continues,” said the […]
  • Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with MS

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film and TV actress Selma Blair announced she is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In a post Saturday on her Instagram account, Blair, 46, says she was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system on Aug. 16. Blair says she is struggling with the disease’s effects on […]
  • ‘Dark day’: Congo rebels kill 2 health agents fighting Ebola

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo’s health minister called it a “dark day” for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army who had been assisting health officials. It appeared to be the first time health workers have been killed by rebels in this outbreak, which is […]
  • Minnesota frozen food company recalls pork, chicken products

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota frozen food and packing company is recalling more than 212,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products that contain vegetables that might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. The Agriculture Department said in a release issued Friday that Buddy’s Kitchen Inc. of Burnsville produced the products […]
  • Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

    For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its high cost and side effects. […]
  • Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

    NEW YORK (AP) — Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering alcoholic — at […]
  • Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable […]
  • Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths. The move comes after Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center temporarily shut down the program […]
  • Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold law on drug pricing

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The Maryland law, which was struck down by a federal appeals court panel this year, enabled the state’s attorney general to sue makers of off-patent or generic drugs for price […]