• 'Superbug' infections hit another Los Angeles hospital

    Yesterday

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second Los Angeles hospital is reporting that patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of widely used medical scope. The latest cases came at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the four patients were infected with the...

  • Addiction specialists: NY must invest more in treatment

    Yesterday

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of addiction treatment providers is calling on New York state to set aside $350 million to combat heroin and substance abuse. The request from the Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers comes as lawmakers in Albany are negotiating the...

  • Health officials confirm tuberculosis case in Olathe

    Yesterday

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County and Kansas health officials say a student at an eastern Kansas high school has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The Olathe Northwest High School student was diagnosed Tuesday and is being treated. The student, whose age and gender weren't released,...

  • Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote. The justices will gather in private Friday to cast their votes in the case. The...

  • 12 patients to participate in 'kidney swap' at SF hospital

    Yesterday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A rare medical procedure involving twelve patients, six kidney transplants and two days of surgery is set to take place at a San Francisco hospital. California Pacific Medical Center surgeon Dr. William Bry said the "kidney paired donations" will be possible...

  • SD panel approves plan for autism therapy insurance coverage

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Parents of children with autism have successfully expanded a bill that would help ensure insurance coverage for a key type of behavioral health therapy that's effective at treating the disorder. The House State Affairs Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to...

  • Community hospitals say Jindal budget would cut funding

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Private hospitals said Wednesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal would shutter a program that cares for sickly babies and cut money they are paid for emergency room care for Medicaid patients. The Louisiana Hospital Association said those $25 million...

  • Mental health measures advance in Montana Legislature

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — After Montana spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to treat his seriously ill son, John Wilkinson voiced support for both Republican and Democratic proposals this legislative session to prioritize early and local intervention in mental health care. He...

  • Senate OKs judicial review of mental health decisions

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has approved a bill that would allow family members to ask a judge to step in if a mental health professional will not involuntarily commit a relative they believe could be suicidal or a danger to others. Senate Bill 5269 passed...

  • Missouri House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. Supporters said the limits, approved 101-53, are needed to make...

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