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Conn.-Based Saint Francis Care to Merge with Trinity Health

December 17th, 2014
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...

Massachusetts Doctor Cured of Ebola Returning to Liberia

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December 16th, 2014
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...

5 ways to fat-proof your home

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December 16th, 2014
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...

How he became an Ironman

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December 16th, 2014
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...

It's time to get your flu shot!

December 16th, 2014
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...

Flu shot myths addressed

December 16th, 2014
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...

A form of sugar helps twin girls

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December 16th, 2014
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...

State Says Most Have Yet to Pay for Health Plans

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December 12th, 2014
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...

Protecting Yourself Against the Flu

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December 11th, 2014
(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...

Report: Ebola Reports in US Often False Alarms

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December 5th, 2014
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...

GOP Makes Final Push for School Lunch Waiver

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December 5th, 2014
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...

Cannabis-Oil Producers to Expand Operations

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December 4th, 2014
  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...

Amazon Selling Its Own Diapers, Baby Wipes

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December 4th, 2014
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...

Growth for US Health Tab May Have Hit Bottom

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December 3rd, 2014
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...

Pregnant Women to Get Better Info from Drug Labels

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December 3rd, 2014
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...