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1 hr ago | SFGate

Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee , seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections. The first ads, aimed at African Americans, started running Monday and are part of a coast-to-coast buy worth more than $1 million.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, African-American, Health Insurance, Personal Finance, Retirement

5 hrs ago | The Brattleboro Reformer

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia, when the leaf became the chief cash crop of the Jamestown colony.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Smoking, Medicine, Chatham, VA, Tobacco, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Altria Group

Mon Sep 15, 2014

WPTZ-TV Plattsburgh

4M fewer uninsured as Affordable Care Act kicks in

The ranks of the uninsured plummeted in early 2014, as millions gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, new government data released Tuesday found. There were 41 million Americans lacking coverage in early 2014, down from 44.8 million last year, according to the National Health Interview Survey, the first official government look at the uninsured after Obamacare policies kicked in on January 1. The uninsured rate fell to 13.1%, from 14.4%.

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Related Topix: Health Insurance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicaid

Harlan Daily Enterprise

Fla.'s 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north.

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Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Florida, Citrus County, FL, Medicaid, Citrus Hills, FL, Beverly Hills, FL

South Wales Guardian

Girls have been urged to have the HPV jab

Almost 90 lives could be saved every year if almost all teenage girls were given the HPV jab, experts have said. If 96% of girls decided to have the vaccine, which protects against the human papilloma virus, then 198 cervical cancer cases and 87 deaths could be prevented every year, according to researchers from GlaxoSmithKline .

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Cervical Cancer, Biotech, GlaxoSmithKline

Daily Reporter

Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally. Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.

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Related Topix: Smoking, Medicine, New York, North Yorkshire County, England, World News, East Riding of Yorkshire County, England, United Kingdom, New York Government, Michael Bloomberh

WTOC-TV Savannah

Small number of drugs behind kids' accidental poisonings

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Family, Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxycodone (generic), ADHD

WGAL-TV Lancaster

Measles at Seattle airport investigated

Travelers who passed through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport earlier this month may have been exposed to the highly contagious measles virus, local health officials say. The King County Department of Public Health in Washington state is investigating "a confirmed case of measles infection" in a traveler who was at the airport while he or she was contagious.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Conjunctivitis, Vaccinations, Autos

TheBostonChannel.com

Anchor announces on-air he has 6 months to live

A TV news anchor in Illinois fighting brain cancer made a startling announcement on-air -- he has just six months to live. Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA in Champaign last week that doctors have told him his tumor is too large for surgery or radiation, according to The Associated Press.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Brain Cancer, Opinion

KCBY-TV Coos Bay

State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit

Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state's failed health care exchange website. The state sued the Redwood City, California, company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity."

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Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Redwood City, CA, Health Insurance, John Kitzhaber, US Governors

Pasadena Star-News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.

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Related Topix: California, California Government, Family, Kids, Medicaid, Medicare

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Press-Telegram

San Fernando Valley porn producer says using condoms in shoots is a matter of survival

CHATSWORTH >> Sexual fantasy unfolds in a steady rhythm inside Immoral Productions, a San Fernando Valley adult film studio where everything typical of a porn set is laid out and ready for action. There are couches and a table filled with toys that vibrate, throb and glow.

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Related Topix: Cameras, Chatsworth, CA, Los Angeles County, CA, HIV/AIDS

Knutsford Guardian

Warning over care of heart patients

Researchers examined more than 100,000 heart attack victims and looked at whether or not they received nine key aspects of care. Of the 31,000 eligible for all nine steps, just over half missed out on at least one key aspect of care.

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Related Topix: Heart Attack

Journal Gazette

State's vaccine exemptions rising

The exemptions have grown slightly in Indiana, but the increase could be much larger because more parents are declining to allow their child's vaccination status to be reported.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Chickenpox, Health, Mumps, Family, Kids

Modern Healthcare

Ohio reaches key goal in long-term-care spending

State officials say Ohio has met a key benchmark in providing long-term-care services for older and disabled residents. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state exceeded a goal of spending at least 50% of its Medicaid long-term-care budget on home- and community-based services.

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Related Topix: Long Term Care

Press-Telegram

Mass. school at center of treatment controversy

The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid

WKBT

Low cost health screenings offered to local residents

For a small fee, patients were screened for cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease as well as kidney and liver function. There was also a thyroid check for an additional fee.

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Related Topix: Chiropractic, Medicine, Health

Sat Sep 13, 2014

KRMG-AM Tulsa

Doctor receives threats after laying off employee with cancer

Critics are calling Dr. George Visnich the world's meanest doctor after he reportedly sent a letter to his longtime employee, Carol Jumper, informing her that he was laying her off due to her cancer diagnosis. But the oral surgeon's attorney is defending his client's actions, saying it was the humanitarian thing to do.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

The Indian Express

Pfizer, Ranbaxy win dismissal of lawsuit over generic cholesterol drug Lipitor

Pfizer Inc and India's Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on Friday won dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to delay sales of generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor, the best-selling drug in history. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton, New Jersey ruled that the plaintiffs, retailers and distribution companies that bought Lipitor directly from Pfizer, failed to plead their case with enough detail.

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Related Topix: Pfizer, Biotech, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Cholesterol, Trenton, NJ

Daily World

12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana

Check out this story on dailyworld.com: http://www.dailyworld.com/story/news/state/2014/09/12/new-west-nile-virus-infections-louisiana/15538467/ NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92. Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of 34. All three of those neuroinvasive infections are in East Baton Rouge Parish, where two patients diagnosed with flu-like West Nile fever and one without symptoms are located.

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Related Topix: West Nile Virus, Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

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