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  • 11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. Ebola has killed more than 350 health workers in West Africa, depleting the ranks of doctors and nurses in countries that already had too few to begin with....

  • Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is debating its constitutional ban on abortion again amid a case involving a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support. Irish media reported Thursday that family members want to turn off the woman's life support systems but doctors are refusing because the law requires them to defend the right to life of her 16-week-old...

  • Montana foundation to give out health care grants

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Healthcare Foundation says it will make $1.3 million in grants to health departments throughout the state beginning next March. Foundation CEO Aaron Wernham says the foundation's goal is to improve health and strengthen public health services throughout the state. Since the foundation is just beginning to...

  • New Mexico official: Flu season could be difficult

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state health official says this flu season could be more difficult than others. According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/lTmSwF ). Dr. Joan Baumbach says the flu strain causing the most cases so far this year is one whose variations lead to more illness among older people. The deputy state...

  • More reports of flu-like illnesses in Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) — The state Health Department says the number of flu-like illnesses in Washington is slightly higher than at this time last year. Health Department educator Michelle Harper says there have been no laboratory-confirmed flu deaths. Last flu season there were 79 flu-related deaths in Washington. KOMO reports (http://bit.ly/1z80Bmw)...

  • Mountain lion killed in central Ky. appeared young, healthy

    PARIS, Ky. (AP) — An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy. But Fish and Wildlife officials still don't know whether it was a wild animal or one that escaped from captivity. Agency spokesman Mark Marraccini says it didn't...

  • European court rules obesity can be disability

    LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court ruled Thursday in the case of a Danish child-minder who says he was unfairly fired for being fat. The court said if obesity hinders "full and effective participation in professional...

  • IU medical researcher gets $2M parasite grant

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis scientist has won a nearly $2 million federal grant to find new ways of combating a dangerous parasite that's infected an estimated 60 million Americans. IU School of Medicine researcher William Sullivan and his team will use the National Institutes of Health grant to devise new methods of attacking the...

  • Bedbugs found in Kansas state office building

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say bedbugs have been found inside a state office building near the Statehouse targeted for demolition. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1w0zTFm ) that the pests were discovered on the third floor of the Docking State Office Building, west of the Capitol. The floor houses Department of...

  • Oklahoma receives $2 million grant for health care

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state of Oklahoma has received a $2 million dollar grant to improve the quality and affordability of health care. The state had applied for the State Innovation Model grant in July. Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the state will begin a 12-month project to design a model that will improve health system performance, increase...

  • Va. groups get funding for youth anti-smoking

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is awarding grants to groups across the state for youth tobacco-use prevention programs. The foundation says the $9.2 million in funding over the next three years for 62 groups will fund classroom-based prevention programs for preschool through high school students. Officials also...

  • NYC suit: Help transit riders with limited English

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Transit Authority was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of discriminating against people with limited English who try to use a program providing transportation to those with disabilities. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a civil rights advocacy...

  • Correction: Brain Injury Program-NFL story

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a story Dec. 16 about the Eisenhower Center, The Associated Press, based on information from the center, reported erroneously that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program. According to the NFLPA,...

  • Correction: Indiana Lawmaker-Conflict story

    TIPTON, Ind. (AP) — In a story Dec. 16 about the appointment of Tony Cook to the Indiana General Assembly, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a lawmaker who urged Cook to seek the seat. She is Kathy Richardson, not Cathy Richardson. In the same story, the AP also reported erroneously that Turner's family business, Mainstreet...

  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to...

  • Supplement maker admits lying about ingredients

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the owner of a New Jersey-based dietary supplements company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements. Barry Steinlight pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The 69-year-old Hackettstown resident faces up to five years in...

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