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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Saint Francis Care has announced plans to merge with Trinity Health and form a nonprofit regional health system in New England. Trinity is a national system of Roman Catholic health care institutions… Read more

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Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc./AP Photo By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola says he’s returning in January to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted the virus, to… Read more

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Public health advocates know our environment, filled with processed foods and sedentary lifestyles, is largely to blame for America’s obesity epidemic. That’s why there’s a big push to make the healthy choice the easy choice. “We have a… Read more

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Firefighter Joe Van Veldhuizen lost 45 pounds to become an Ironman. Van Veldhuizen and his daughter, Bri, the night of her high school prom in 2011. Van Veldhuizen now likes to swim 30 minutes to an hour a couple times a week. He says it’s… Read more

Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than 6 months Children between 2 and 8 should get the nasal spray flu vaccine People over 65 should get a high-dose flu shot and two pneumococcal vaccines (CNN) — Flu season is about to… Read more

The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, according to the CDC The shot lasts for an entire season, except for some kids who may need two The vaccine is essential for pregnant women to protect their infants Send iReport photos of your… Read more

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The Hempel family of Reno, Nevada, is struggling with a devastating condition Twin girls born in 2004 have Niemann-Pick Type C, a genetic disorder Their parents have been aggressively searching for treatments for years A form of sugar… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — State officials say about 150,000 people have determined eligibility for insurance plans on the state’s overhauled Health Connector website. But less than 1 percent has paid for 2015 coverage with a deadline fast… Read more

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(WGGB) — The winter season is fast-approaching, and with it comes colds and even the flu. Mary-Ellen Scales, chief of infection control at Baystate Medical Center, joined 40 in the Morning to talk about some of the best ways to keep yourself… Read more

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By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A new government report counts hundreds of times U.S. doctors and hospitals raised false alarms about possible Ebola cases, finding that fewer than one in five warranted even additional… Read more

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photo MGN/WPBN/WTOM By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards. The school meal rules, phased in… Read more

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  photo MGN-Online COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado producers of a cannabis oil prized by some for treating kids with severe epilepsy have dramatic expansion plans to meet demand. The Stanley brothers say they hope to… Read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching its own line of diapers and baby wipes exclusively for its Prime members to get more shoppers to sign up for the $99 annual program. The new line is called Amazon Elements. Amazon, the largest U.S. e-commerce… Read more

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health care spending grew by the slowest rate in more than a half-century last year, government analysts said Wednesday. But a speed-up is coming as the economy gets traction… Read more

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which medications may pose… Read more