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Donors pledge record $7.5B for global vaccines program
BERLIN (AP) -- Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a global vaccination program for the poor....
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Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigarettes
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday....
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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity....
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Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year....
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Indiana wins federal OK for state-run Medicaid alternative
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana has received federal approval to expand health coverage to about 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday will help the state's working poor families....
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VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions....
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Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut - operating through her eyelid....
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Finding available options when diagnosis calls for surgery
Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options....
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Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system....
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Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
CHICAGO (AP) -- With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy....
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