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Health overhaul signup ends, survives for now

Posted: 03/31/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Monday marks the end of the six-month sign-up period for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a highly controversial attempt to reduce the number of Americans without medical coverage, estimated at about 50 million.

Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol

Posted: 03/28/2014 - There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

Posted: 03/28/2014 - Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.

Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Posted: 03/26/2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law, allowing the administration to boost sign-ups and the political fortunes of Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

Posted: 03/10/2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help - but no booze.

Polio-like illnesses called a 'rare phenomenon'

Posted: 02/25/2014 - STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

Attorneys: Brain-dead woman's fetus 'abnormal'

Updated: 01/23/2014 - DALLAS (AP) - The pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support over her family's protests is carrying a fetus that is "distinctly abnormal," attorneys for the woman's husband said Wednesday.

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  • Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers
    NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.
  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    FILE - This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows different strains of marijuana displayed for sale at The Clinic, a Denver-based dispensary with several outlets, in Denver. Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation’s largest swing-state see the prospect of legal medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)MIAMI (AP) — Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.


  • In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

    In this photograph taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014, a Ugandan nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, sits in court in the capital Kampala, Uganda. She is accused of injecting a two year old boy Mathew Mushabe with HIV/Aids virus. Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse" after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient. (AP Photo)KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.


  • Abbott Laboratories beats profit forecast, sales lags
    (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc reported better-than-expected earnings in the first quarter on Wednesday, but sales came in slightly below Wall Street expectations. The company said it earned $375 million, or 24 cents per share in the three months ended March 31. That compared with $544 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier, when Abbott took charges for licensing and acquisitions. Excluding special charges, Abbott earned 41 cents per share. Analysts, on average, were expecting 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs

    A stray dog is taken from the street by dog catchers in BucharestBy Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.


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