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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:59:02 -0400
$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

This undated handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the Hepatitis-C medication Sovaldi. A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis-C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)WASHINGTON (AP) The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:47:30 -0400
5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

'Pink Slime' Returns as Beef Prices SpikeSeveral food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:55:12 -0400
Book Talk: Paull's 'The Bees' looks at life inside the hive

Laline Paull reads from her book "The Bees" during a meeting of Vanguard Readings in LondonBy Verity Watkins LONDON (Reuters) - Three years ago playwright Laline Paull began to notice bees in her garden in Sussex, southeast England. Her interest was inspired by the death of a beekeeping friend. Angie had breast cancer, and she wasnt going to make it. I was awed at her graciousness in the face of her terror and when she died, in order to keep that feeling of how wonderful she was, I started reading about bees. She was gone but the bees were not gone. The more Paull read the more inspired she was. ...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:03:02 -0400
Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly wearing protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling all 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola. "These volunteers are not symptomatic and are currently isolated and under observation," the spokesperson said in a statement. The Peace Corps, citing privacy concerns, declined to say where the two volunteers had come into contact with the Ebola victim.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:57:58 -0400
House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law. The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of bitter campaign rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats ahead of November elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. The suit is expected to claim that Obama, a Democrat, exceeded his executive authority in making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Republicans argue that by delaying some healthcare coverage mandates and granting various waivers, he bypassed Congress in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:51:56 -0400
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

A Thai Health official performs a blood test on children at a Malaria clinic in Kanchanaburi province near the Thai-Myanmar border on October 26, 2012Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday. Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said. There also signs of emerging resistance in central Myanmar, southern Laos and northeastern Cambodia, but none in three African states -- Kenya, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) -- that were included in the sampling. "It may still be possible to prevent the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites across Asia and then to Africa by eliminating them, but that window of opportunity is closing fast," said Nicholas White, a professor of tropical medicine at Oxford University, England.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:22:31 -0400
House approves VA health care overhaul

House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, left, and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, about a compromise bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:14:22 -0400
J&J seeks return of device seen as possibly raising cancer risk

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday it plans to ask doctors to return its power morcellators, a controversial surgical device that may inadvertently spread cancer in women being treated for uterine growths called fibroids. J&J's Ethicon unit in April suspended sales and distribution of the devices while their role in treating symptomatic fibroid disease is reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the medical community. The FDA had advised doctors not to use the devices pending further review. On Thursday, J&J will take the further step of reaching out to customers to ask them to return the devices they have already purchased in what it is calling "a worldwide market withdrawal" of all Ethicon morcellation devices that remain on the market, an Ethicon spokesman said.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:12:49 -0400
Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for Kids

Back-to-School Eye Care Tips for KidsWith the school year fast approaching, parents are gearing up for their children's enrollment with a plethora of forms, orientation seminars, immunizations and the standard yearly physical. August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, which serves not only as a great reminder to get your children's eyes checked before school starts, but...

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:09:40 -0400
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