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US Approves 2nd Vaccine Against Meningitis Strain

January 23rd, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. government health regulators have approved a second vaccine to prevent a strain of bacteria that can cause deadly cases of meningitis. The Food and Drug Administration said it cleared Novartis' Bexsero vaccine against a...

Thousands Continue to Pick, Pay for Health Care Plans

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January 23rd, 2015
BOSTON (AP) -- More than 82,000 people have picked and paid for insurance plans through the state's Health Connector website since the start of the latest open enrollment period in mid-November. Another 195,000 have been enrolled in...

GOP Pushes Abortion Bill Through House After Earlier Stumble

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January 22nd, 2015
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have muscled legislation through the House tightening federal restrictions on abortions, as thousands of abortion foes staged their annual protest march just down the street. The...

New Gov. Standards Target Pathogens in Poultry Products

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January 21st, 2015
photo MGN-Online By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- A favorite staple of American diets -- chicken breasts, legs and wings -- could become safer to eat. Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department...

UN says Despite Progress Fight Against Ebola It’s Far From Won

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January 20th, 2015
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the United Nations mission fighting Ebola in West Africa says despite recent progress close to 1,000 new cases have been recorded in the last three weeks and "the fight is far from won." Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed...

Fight Threatens Thousands of Californians’ Health Coverage

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January 19th, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A contract dispute between health insurance provider Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals is threatening to force nearly 280,000 consumers in Northern and Central California to find...

UN: At least 50 Ebola Hotspots, but New Cases are Declining

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January 15th, 2015
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N.'s Ebola chief says there are still at least 50 hotspots in the hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and the deadly disease will be defeated. Dr. David...

Marijuana Health Research Skimpy, Colorado Doctors Conclude

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January 12th, 2015
Photo MGN and Medical Marijuana Cure By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press DENVER (AP) -- A year after legalizing recreational pot sales, Colorado has more questions than answers about the health effects of legal marijuana. A panel of doctors...

As Flu Becomes More Widespread, CDC Pushes Antiviral Meds

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January 9th, 2015
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent a...

CDC: Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Ccould Peak This Month

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January 5th, 2015
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the flu is rampant in most of the country and could peak soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported flu was widespread in 43 states and...

Predicting the flu so you can avoid it

January 5th, 2015
A new flu model can predict where it will be at its peak Most flu models currently look backward in time Hospitals and companies could make staffing choices based on this model (CNN) -- Imagine being able to predict when the flu might...

Flu shot less helpful, but still key

January 5th, 2015
CDC says mutated flu virus means current flu shot is less protective Still, the CDC recommends people get vaccinated against the flu Flu activity across the country is currently low, CDC says (CNN) -- Scientists are concerned about...

Testing Anti-Drinking Drug with Help of a Fake Bar

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January 1st, 2015
By LAUREEN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid all the yearly resolutions to quit, some 17 million Americans still have alcohol abuse disorders, and the government is trying a new approach toward the problem. Now, researchers...

Over 50,000 in MA Will Have Health Insurance New Year’s Day

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December 31st, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over 50,000 people in Massachusetts will have new health insurance coverage beginning tomorrow, Jan. 1st through the state's Health Connector. Since November 15, nearly 140,000 people have been enrolled in MassHealth....

Report: Four Million Actively Enroll in Health Plans

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December 30th, 2014
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer (AP) -- The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what...