By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
April 7, 2014 10:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.
PORTLAND — Officials at a Portland hospital had to draft a hurried plan of action to avoid losing Medicare funding after a federal agency determined the hospital failed to thoroughly investigate a series of complaints from patients who accused an emergency room nurse of sex abuse.
By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2014 6 a.m.
There is strong evidence that medical marijuana pills may reduce symptoms of spasticity and pain reported by multiple sclerosis patients, but little proof that smoking pot offers the same benefit, according to new alternative treatment guidelines released by the American Academy of Neurology.
Accidental exposure to nicotine in e-cigarette refills has fueled a dramatic jump in calls to poison control centers, according to federal health authorities, who say the substance triggered eye, skin and inhalation injuries.
By Melissa Dribben, The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2014 6 a.m.
The intrepid sun has finally beaten the frost into reluctant retreat. The croci have gathered enough confidence to venture their tender shoots outside the earth’s blanket. After months of hibernation, you step outside to take a deep breath of warm, sweet, fresh air and .
By Kendall Powell, Special to The Washington Post
April 6, 2014 6 a.m.
As most parents know by now, the experts say we should limit our kids’ screen time or risk raising socially stunted couch potatoes. Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages 3 to 18 and none for children 2 or younger. The guidelines cover media such as Internet and texting as well as TV, movies and video games.
By AMY FORLITI, DAN SEWELL and NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press
April 6, 2014 6 a.m.
On a beautiful Sunday in October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was Douglas' second heroin overdose of the day.
By BETH GARBITELLI, Associated Press
April 5, 2014 6 a.m.
BARRE, Vt. — State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation’s deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
April 3, 2014 12:30 p.m.
SEATTLE — Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly upheld a $57 million verdict against the state in a case brought by workers who care for severely disabled people. But the justices declined to give the workers pre-judgment interest — throwing out an additional $39 million awarded by a lower court judge.
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
April 2, 2014 11:01 a.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. — A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see “competition in ways we haven’t seen before.” Companies were even started as a way to encourage innovation and competition, namely 23 consumer-run, co-op insurers created with the help of $2 billion in federal loans.
By Simeon Bennett and Caroline Chen, Bloomberg News
April 2, 2014 10:58 a.m.
GENEVA — An outbreak of Ebola that has killed at least 87 people in Africa is drawing aid from U.S. disease fighters who will help track the deadly path of a virus with no cure that is fatal in about 90 percent of its cases.
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
March 31, 2014 9:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press.