By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press
January 28, 2015 7:25 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday.
By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press
January 27, 2015 10:16 a.m.
The federal government's failure to enforce the nation's child protection laws is a "national disgrace" that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two child advocacy groups.
By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau
January 26, 2015 5:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care law will cost about 20 percent less over the next decade than originally projected, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday, in part because lower-than-expected health care inflation has led to smaller premiums.
By LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press
January 26, 2015 10:23 a.m.
CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.
By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 26, 2015 6 a.m.
ST. LOUIS — Cancer can be seen as striking haphazardly, but research over the past 40 years shows that lifestyle factors play a huge role in cancer incidence and mortality. Dr. Graham Colditz, an internationally recognized disease-prevention expert at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, has put together a list of behaviors that greatly reduce overall cancer risk. And they're not as complicated as you might think. For a healthy 2015, Colditz suggests starting with one or two from the list. Once you've got those down, move on to the others.
By Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2015 6 a.m.
Middle-aged white men — not teenagers — made up the majority of alcohol poisoning deaths in the United States from 2010 to 2012, according to a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By MARIA CHENG, Associated Press
January 25, 2015 2:50 p.m.
GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.