• Lawmakers weigh costs of screening for rare, fatal disease

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers are weighing the benefits of testing newborns for a rare, usually fatal disease versus the projected $250,000 annual cost to detect it. The House is considering a bill that would require the state to test all newborns for Krabbe disease, a...

  • Missouri Republican wants to bar health insurance subsidies

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether premium health care insurance subsidies could be used in states that did not set up their own exchange, one Republican lawmaker told a Missouri Senate panel Wednesday that the state should bar such...

  • UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a...

  • California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, a California lawmaker proposed a bill Wednesday that would require all child care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated against several contagious diseases. Because the workers have close...

  • UAB launching study of marijuana oil to treat seizures

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama university is launching a pair of studies to determine the effectiveness of a marijuana derivative in treating seizures. The University of Alabama at Birmingham is studying the use of cannabidiol oil in adults at UAB Hospital and a pediatric study of...

  • 36 Waianae High students, staff receive tuberculosis testing

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Dozens at Waianae High School have been tested for tuberculosis because of possible exposure to a student with the disease. The state Department of Health says the skin testing for 36 students and staff members who shared the same classroom with the ill student...

  • Mouse study finds extra oxygen may spur tumor-fighting cells

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in attacking cancer. The immune system often can spot and destroy abnormal cells before they grow into cancer. But when tumors manage to take root,...

  • Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health care

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue, Michelle Obama said on Wednesday. The first lady said more than 40 million Americans experience a diagnosable mental health condition— like depression or anxiety— and...

  • West Virginia editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: March 4 Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail on Tomblin's veto: Three times, Earl Ray Tomblin has taken the oath of office of governor of the state of West Virginia. Central to that oath is a promise to uphold both the state and...

  • House panel OKs bill on ultrasound before abortion

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Women seeking an abortion would have to undergo an ultrasound and be offered the chance to see the image under legislation approved by a House panel on Wednesday, though the bill likely won't get through the Democratic-controlled Senate. The bill would require...

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