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25 states to start testing new Medicaid models

February 21, 2013 - 20:48
The Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday that it would provide 25 of the 50 states with funding to test new ways to lower costs and improve care within the national Medicaid program for the poor.

More recalls of US-made pet jerky treats, FDA says

February 21, 2013 - 17:48
A Denver pet treat maker is recalling dozens of different products, from chicken jerky and pig ears to buffalo hearts, because they might be contaminated with salmonella.

Flu vaccine barely worked in seniors

February 21, 2013 - 17:47
The flu vaccine barely worked to protect elderly people this year, and it helped prevent illness in just 56 percent of adults and children overall, federal health officials say.

Feds indict 4 in salmonella outbreak

February 21, 2013 - 16:21
A federal grand jury has indicted four people in a 2009 salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut processing plant. The indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia charges four employees with Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America.

Women deluge hotline in probe of gynecologist

February 21, 2013 - 15:03
Baltimore police say hundreds of women have called a hotline set up by Johns Hopkins hospital for patients of a gynecologist suspected of secretly recording exams and later killing himself. Dr. Nikita Levy, 54, was found dead in his Maryland home on Monday.

Why young smokers should quit before turning 44

February 21, 2013 - 13:01

Hey young smokers, here's your mulligan: People who quit smoking by age 44 tend to live nearly as long as those who never smoked, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds.

Docs list tests, treatments you don't need

February 21, 2013 - 12:39

Do you really need that MRI? How about those antibiotics? Top medical speciality groups list the tests and treatments you probably don't need.

Hold the fries: We're eating less fast food

February 21, 2013 - 08:47

Americans’ love affair with fast food may be far from over, but there are signs we may be cutting down on French fries, greasy burgers and other artery-clogging food, according to a new study.

Stop calling yourself old, says new study

February 21, 2013 - 00:08
We know better than to call ourselves -- or each other -- fat. (That doesn't mean we don't do it, but we do at least kinda know better.) Now, new research introduces an additional rule for better body image: Don't call yourself old, either!

Florida governor expands Medicaid

February 20, 2013 - 23:45
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.

Scientists use 3-D printing to help grow an ear

February 20, 2013 - 23:34

Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it's possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living cells.

Final health benefit rules clarify confusion

February 20, 2013 - 20:31
The Obama administration cleared up some confusion on Wednesday about rules governing just which health services insurance companies have to pay for.

Teachers ditch student desk chairs for yoga balls

February 20, 2013 - 17:34

Robbi Giuliano thinks ditching students' desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions she ever made in 11 years of teaching.

Federal research chimps savor retirement in new digs

February 20, 2013 - 16:57

For the first time in their lives, four aging chimpanzees once used in federal research can go outside whenever they like. They can lie on the grass, clamber onto a platform 20 feet up on a chimp-style jungle gym and gaze freely at the open sky, the vista unbroken by steel bars, at Chimp Haven.

FDA: Don't use codeine in kids after tonsil surgery

February 20, 2013 - 16:36
Codeine can kill some children when it is used to help with pain after tonsil and adenoid surgery, and it shouldn’t be used any more, the Food and Drug Administration cautioned on Wednesday.

Mosh pit movements are more orderly than you think

February 20, 2013 - 11:46

As the drums beat at machine gun speed and the guitars shred lightning fast, dozens of moshers flock to the center of the room and slam into one another. It looks like chaos as their bodies collide madly. But it's not.

Hospital granted request: no black nurses, suit says

February 20, 2013 - 00:42
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 - 23:27
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.

Hand sanitizer blamed for hospital fire that hurt girl

February 19, 2013 - 22:06
An 11-year-old girl who got severely burned in an Oregon hospital may have been set on fire by hand sanitizer and static electricity, officials said Tuesday.

New clue shows why some never catch a cold

February 19, 2013 - 21:13
Researchers have isolated a genetic marker that appears to predict who is most likely to catch cold. The hope is that the findings will help scientists discover lifestyle changes that will protect immune systems and help folks function more like those who never get sick.