• Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink. Only one out of 23 — the co-op in Maine — made money last year,...

  • Judge denies appeal of condition for using pot for PTSD

    Yesterday

    PHOENIX (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates have lost a court challenge to conditions set by Arizona health officials for post-traumatic stress sufferers seeking to qualify for treatment. Judge Crane McClennen of Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday upheld the conditions, ruling...

  • Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine

    Yesterday

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone said Thursday they had quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, in another setback for the fight against the disease. Hassan Abdul Sesay, a member of...

  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — The killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed the health of thousands of Londoners as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city, a lawyer for British police said Thursday. Richard Horwell told an inquiry into Litvinenko's death that...

  • NYC health department investigates Legionnaire's outbreak

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the South Bronx. The department said Wednesday that 31 cases have been reported in the area since July 10. Two patients reported to have the illness have died, and the...

  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

    Yesterday

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there...

  • Study: Sandy's impact takes toll on residents' mental health

    Yesterday

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A new study says the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy are taking a toll on the mental health of New Jersey residents impacted by the storm. The study was released Wednesday and says more than a quarter of the 100,000 residents whose homes were hit by...

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    Yesterday

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui...

  • Health agency says 2 Ohioans diagnosed with West Nile virus

    Yesterday

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says two people recently diagnosed with West Nile virus are the first reported cases in the state this year. The agency issued a statement Wednesday that says a 34-year-old man in Cuyahoga County was diagnosed with the virus after...

  • Prescription drug take back initiative set for Sept. 26

    Yesterday

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Another prescription drug collection effort will be held in September. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and other Senate colleagues had asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to reinstate the national initiative after it was...

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