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FILE - This March 28, 2012 file photo shows Janis Haddon,of Atlanta, holding a glove with a message outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court concluded three days of hearing arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Americas health care system is unsustainable. Its not one problem, but three combined: high cost, uneven quality and millions uninsured. Major changes will keep coming. Every family will be affected. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)The issue:

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:23:41 -0400
Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company are seen in WashingtonMylan NV said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket cost of its severe allergy treatment EpiPen through a discount program, a day after Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined lawmakers in criticizing the drug's high price. The company, which did not lower the drug's list price, said it would reduce the patient cost of EpiPen through the use of a savings card, which will cover up to $300 of EpiPen 2-Pak. For patients previously paying the full list price, the card effectively reduces their out-of-pocket cost exposure by 50 percent, Mylan said.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:15:07 -0400
Mylan's EpiPen discounts are 'insufficient': Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV's move on Thursday to expand discount programs for its EpiPen allergy treatment was welcome but not sufficient, a spokesman for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:15:07 -0400
Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control

ST. LOUIS (AP) The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:03:00 -0400
Italy quake death toll hits 250 as rescuers search demolished towns

Dust is seen coming out from falling rubble following an aftershock in AmatriceBy Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck a cluster of mountain communities 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome early on Wednesday as people slept, destroying hundreds of homes. On Thursday afternoon a violent aftershock measuring magnitude 4.3 sent rescuers fleeing from debris and stones that fell from the severely damaged bell tower of the 15th century church of St. Augustine in Amatrice.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:58:34 -0400
Japan's ANA finds problem with Boeing 787 Rolls-Royce engines, cancels some flights

A Boeing 787-9 jet ready for delivery to ANA Holdings Ltd is seen at Boeing's delivery center in Everett, WashingtonTOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carrier ANA Holdings needs to replace damaged compressor blades in the Rolls-Royce engines powering its Boeing 787s, it said on Thursday, forcing it to cancel some Dreamliner flights over the coming weeks. The carrier said that under certain flying conditions the compressor blades in the engine's interior showed corrosion. ANA's Dreamliners are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:49:57 -0400
Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial center on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference late on Thursday, Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Leung Ting-hung, said relevant measures had been taken to prevent the virus from spreading further. It said it would report the case to the World Health Organization.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:48:53 -0400
Orlando hospitals won't charge nightclub shooting victims for care

Gunshot survivor Patience Carter is comforted by Dr. Neil Finkler as fellow survivor Angel Santiago looks on at a news conference at Florida Hospital Orlando on the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in OrlandoForty-nine people were killed and 53 were wounded by gunman Omar Mateen before police fatally shot him after a three-hour standoff inside the gay dance club on June 12. U.S. authorities said Mateen was self-radicalized and acted alone, without assistance or orders from abroad, to commit the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting," said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:39:43 -0400
Million India TB patients missing from statistics, study finds

India has the highest number of TB cases in the world, accounting for around a quarter of cases worldwideMore than a million tuberculosis cases may be missing from official statistics in India, the country worst affected by the deadly bacterial infection, a study published in The Lancet journal Thursday found. Many patients seeking treatment for TB turn to unregulated private doctors who often do not report cases, say researchers from Imperial College London, India's national TB programme and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Official estimates put the number of TB cases treated in the Indian private sector in 2014 at around 800,000, but researchers' analysis of drugs sales suggests the figure could exceed two million.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:14 -0400
Hong Kong confirms first imported case of Zika virus

HONG KONG, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Hong Kong confirmed its first imported case of Zika at a news conference late on Thursday. Government-funded broadcaster RTHK said the infected person was a foreign woman in her 30s believed to have caught the virus in the Caribbean. Zika is a borne by mosquitoes. The virus poses a risk to pregnant women and has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly in Brazil, and to auto-immune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause paralysis. (Reporting by Twinnie Siu, Meg Shen and Clare Baldwin; editing by John Stonestreet)

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:20:38 -0400
Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year

FILE  In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court speaks during a forum sponsored by The Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. Seeking to coordinate efforts to battle drug abuse in some of the hardest-hit U.S. states, state Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials were meeting in Cincinnati from Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 24 to 26, 2016, during a private conference opened by O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:04:33 -0400
How much should we tell kids about their own health?

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, theres no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue. Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a protective approach of telling kids little or nothing to avoid worrying them about bad news to an open approach of giving children all the facts and empowering them to make their own treatment choices. Today, however, doctors often struggle to gracefully navigate this continuum and tailor the approach to specific medical situations as well as the individual children and families involved, Dr. Bryan Sisk of St. Louis Childrens Hospital and colleagues argue in a paper in Pediatrics.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:02:57 -0400
In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

This Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo, shows handwritten advertisements for human kidneys for sale that includes the sellers' phone number and blood type, on a tree in downtown Tehran, Iran. A unique system allows those in need of a transplant to buy a kidney. The program, which has seen Irans waitlist for kidneys effectively drop to zero, has been championed by some Western doctors as a way to cut time for lifesaving transplants. However, some ethicists worry about the system taking advantage of the poor worldwide to black-market organ sales. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor. Iran's ...

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:59:29 -0400
Asia's ageing population to cost $20 trillion: study

Asia's ageing population to cost $20 trillion: studyAsia's population is ageing faster than anywhere in the world, a study said Thursday, warning the swelling ranks of the elderly will cost the region $20 trillion in healthcare by 2030. Health systems, businesses and families across Asia-Pacific will come under huge pressure as some 200 million people pass the age of 65 by then, according to the Singapore-based Asia Pacific Risk Center. "The Asia-Pacific region is ageing at a faster rate than any other region in the world," said APRC executive director Wolfram Hedrich.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:54:32 -0400
Cabinet missteps test Canadian PM Trudeau's teflon image

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the crowds outside Rideau Hall after the Cabinet's swearing-in ceremony in OttawaBy Andrea Hopkins OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was knocked off message as he marshaled his cabinet back to work this week, distracted by recent spending miscues involving top ministers in the first major wobble of his Liberal government. While Trudeau's popularity remains sky-high 10 months after being elected to a shock majority government, his inexperienced cabinet - much touted for its gender equality and racial diversity - may be his Achilles heel, under scrutiny for questionable expense claims and charges of entitlement. "These stories underline a potential vulnerability for the party, since they feed into the narrative of Liberal entitlement," said a senior Liberal party member who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:57:28 -0400
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