• Advocates denounce LePage plan to cut anti-smoking fund

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Advocates and health care providers said Monday that Gov. Paul LePage's plan to divert money from a fund that supports community anti-smoking programs in order to maintain Medicaid reimbursements for primary care physicians is the wrong approach. The Republican's...

  • UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000. U.N. experts said Monday that the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra...

  • Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn't finish their work last year and it's showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back...

  • Blog: Jump in the water to mix up your workout

    By Stephanie Swearngin, stephanie.swearngin@gazette.com
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Water aerobics. Yes, it tends to attract an older population and people with injuries, but it also can be a great challenge to add to your workout routine. Properly using the water’s resistance can increase muscle strength and endurance while staying easy on the joints. Participants...

  • Michigan Tech engineers develop prosthetic ankle with camera

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A mechanical engineer and his team at Michigan Technical University are developing a prosthetic ankle with an artificial vision system. Mo Rastgaar says the key components of the robotic ankle will be an inexpensive camera and a computer-controlled mechanical...

  • Federal study: Foster kids struggle to get health screenings

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Some foster children are not getting their required medical screenings even though the visits are paid for by Medicaid, federal health investigators warn in a study released Monday. The Health and Human Services' inspector general study looked at a random...

  • Pakistan police arrest parents refusing kids' polio vaccine

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations, officials said Monday. Parents targeted by police starting this past weekend were not...

  • New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately. Advocates of the House bill, which passed...

  • Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. March 1, 2015. Need to repair infrustructure made fuel tax hike inevitable News a gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon begins affecting motorists today hit just as hard as Wednesday's snow storm. In less than a three-hour span Tuesday, the...

  • Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to...

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