• Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. "I think we're all kind of frustrated," said Stephen Morse, a...

  • 35 people sickened by norovirus at Phoenix VA hospital

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Officials at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital say 35 people have been sickened by the norovirus but all except three have made a full recovery. They announced Tuesday that laboratory test results confirmed the presence of the norovirus at the Phoenix VA Health Care...

  • Family of girl declared brain-dead sues California hospital

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that included a court battle over ending life support. Jahi...

  • State hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion medical teaching hospital in New Orleans, but the manager of the soon-to-be-opened University Medical Center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Altogether, private...

  • 4th Wesleyan student arraigned after Molly drug overdoses

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Wesleyan University student suspected of selling the club drug Molly on campus has been arraigned on charges stemming from on-campus overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital. Andrew Olson, of Atascadero, California, appeared in court Tuesday on...

  • Arkansas House panel hears anti-abortion proposals

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel on Tuesday supported tougher restrictions on abortion pills but failed to gather enough support for a bill to increase requirements for abortion providers. The bill approved by a voice vote in the Health Committee would override doctors...

  • Bill to legalize mixed martial arts advances in NY

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — resumed Tuesday with legislation advancing out of committee and some lawmakers advocating a special fund for brain-damaged fighters. The Senate...

  • Man admits role in long-running medical lab bribery scheme

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Another person has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Michael Zarrelli, of Berkeley Heights, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to bribe a doctor and money...

  • AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western

    By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night. No oxymoron this. The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American...

  • New Hampshire House to vote on tanning ban for teenagers

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before Jay Farley died from melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley of Danville are now urging New Hampshire lawmakers to pass...

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