Peoria County gets $3.2 million to combat lead poisoning

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Peoria County is getting $3.2 million from the federal government to protect children and their families from lead poisoning.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced...

$17.2 million awarded to 26 NY medical research institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $17.2 million in state awards is going to 26 academic medical institutions to train new clinical researchers doing cutting-edge biomedical research.

The awards are...

Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for...

About 67 percent of Washington toddlers vaccinated on time

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials say just 67 percent of Washington toddlers get all their vaccinations on time.

That means some children between 19 and 35 months of age could be at risk of getting...

Judge strikes down law to limit Medicaid funds for abortions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge in Alaska ruled Thursday that a law further defining what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for purposes of Medicaid funding is unconstitutional.

Superior...

Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court

DENVER (AP) — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.

At issue is a Utah law banning...

Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on...

Washington health insurance rates to go up 4.2 percent

SEATTLE (AP) — People who buy their health insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange can expect an average 4.2 percent increase in their rates in 2016.

The rate increases approved Thursday by the...