• Don't look for emergency contraception soon June 11, 2013
    The Obama administration may have backed down after a decade of fighting over emergency contraception, but don’t expect to see Plan B, or any other morning-after birth control product, out from behind the counter anytime soon.
  • Second child files suit for lung transplant, gets on list June 6, 2013
    A woman whose son died of cystic fibrosis in 2009 successfully sued on Thursday to get his younger brother, now 11, on the adult waiting list for a lung transplant.
  • Sebelius won't intervene in girl's transplant case June 4, 2013
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
  • Insurers pick up $147 million medical tab for young adults May 29, 2013
    One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
  • Health workers strike at UC Calif. medical centers May 21, 2013
    Thousands of healthcare workers walked off the job at the University of California's five medical centers on Tuesday, delaying surgeries, diagnostic procedures, treatments and emergency care throughout the state.
  • Vermont passes law allowing doctor-assisted suicide May 20, 2013
    Vermont on Monday became the fourth U.S. state to end legal penalties for doctors who prescribe medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives.
  • 'Uninsurables' at risk as states fear losing health aid May 5, 2013
    Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.
  • Your kitchen isn't as clean as you think! May 3, 2013
    If you're a smoothie lover, take note. Eight spots in your kitchen -- including your blender -- may be alive with foodborne pathogens potent enough to sicken you and your family, a new study finds.
  • 'Rapid strides': Advances offer hope for amputees April 21, 2013
    It will be weeks, at least, before Celeste Corcoran is anywhere near ready to think about artificial limbs. The 47-year-old Lowell, Mass.
  • FDA ups pressure on compounding pharmacies April 12, 2013
    The Food and Drug Administration is stepping up pressure on firms that make drugs for specific individuals, known as compounding pharmacies, as it seeks greater regulatory authority following a deadly meningitis outbreak traced to one such pharmacy.
  • Doctor-assisted death: Seattle cancer hospital shares its experience April 10, 2013
    Ethan Remmel was only 41 when he died on June 13, 2011, barely a year after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer that quickly spread to his bone. The Bellingham, Wash.
  • New fungal infections, 6 months after outbreak March 7, 2013
    Nearly six months after the start of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on tainted pain shots, patients who originally tested clear are showing up sick, raising worries that the incubation period for illness may be longer than anyone thought.
  • Study: Fewer gun deaths in states with most gun laws March 7, 2013
    States with a heavier dose of firearm laws tend to have the lowest rates of gun deaths, according to a new study by researchers who argue their findings show "there is a role" in America for more rigid gun-control legislation.
  • Police no solution to mental illness, parents say March 5, 2013
    Liza Long, whose mentally ill son first went into the juvenile justice system at age 11, was among parents who appeared at a Congressional hearing to plead for changes in a system that forces them to struggle with police and health care providers to get help.
  • Red state Medicaid expansion no shock February 22, 2013
    Florida governor Rick Scott created a stir this week when he said he’d expand Medicaid as requested by the Obama administration. But health policy experts say it's hard for any governor to say no to billions of dollars in federal subsidies.
  • Florida governor expands Medicaid February 20, 2013
    Florida governor Rick Scott, one of the biggest critics of President Obama’s health reform efforts, said Wednesday he would do the administration’s bidding and expand the Medicaid program.
  • Final health benefit rules clarify confusion February 20, 2013
    The Obama administration cleared up some confusion on Wednesday about rules governing just which health services insurance companies have to pay for.
  • Hospital granted request: no black nurses, suit says February 20, 2013
    An African-American nurse is suing a Michigan hospital after she says staff there agreed to a swastika-tattooed father’s request that no black nurses care for his new baby. Tonya Battle, 49, sued the board of hospital managers of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich.
  • Feds will operate 26 health exchanges February 19, 2013
    The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it will operate federal online health insurance marketplaces in 26 of the 50 U.S. states with little or no input from local state officials.
  • 2-gallon a day cola habit linked to woman's death February 13, 2013
    A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.
  • Pope's shocker underscores strain of late-life work February 12, 2013
    As the pope can attest, even if you’re toiling in the cushiest of corner offices, 85 is not the new LX. Pope Benedict XVI, who’s logged more than five years as pontiff, announced Monday he will relinquish the papacy at the end of the month.
  • FDA allows generic of scarce cancer drug February 4, 2013
    Federal regulators say approval of the first generic version of cancer drug Doxil will help resolve a lingering shortage triggered by manufacturing deficiencies.
  • Boomers aging worse than past generation February 4, 2013
    Boomers have long been viewed as the healthiest generation yet.  But despite all the medical advances and life-saving wonder drugs, like statins, boomers may actually be less healthy on average than folks from the previous generation at the same age, according to a new report.
  • Few may pay for skipping health insurance January 31, 2013
    People worried about having to pay a fine for not carrying health insurance coverage got a little more guidance this week with some new federal regulations. The bottom line: Hardly anyone will end up paying the tax when the health reform law takes full effect in 2014.
  • How to get insurance to cover specialty drugs January 18, 2013
    When Marie D'Orsaneo's rheumatoid arthritis worsened three years ago, her doctor prescribed Rituxan, an expensive injectable drug that her employer-sponsored health plan had to sign off on first.
  • FDA requires lower doses for Ambien, sleep meds January 10, 2013
    The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.
  • Fewer Americans saw docs during 'Great Recession' January 10, 2013
    Americans made fewer trips to their doctors' offices during the Great Recession than they did earlier in the decade, according to new research.
  • Health spending stays low after recession January 7, 2013
    The recession kept U.S. health care spending low in 2011, according to a federal government report released on Monday. It finds that health spending grew just 3.9 percent -- the same historically low rate of growth as over the past three years.
  • Your medical chart may soon log exercise, too January 6, 2013
    There's a movement afoot to urge doctors to ask about exercise as part of regular exams. The number of minutes of exercise per week is posted along with other vitals at the top the medical chart. So it's among the first things the doctor sees.
  • Fugitive behind $1 million Medicare fraud nabbed January 3, 2013
    An American fugitive convicted in a $1-million health-care fraud scheme in California was arrested Wednesday in Canada.


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