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Medicare sets new patient safety goals for hospitals

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:50:29 GMT2016-09-29T19:50:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare is setting new goals for keeping hospitalized patients safe and reducing readmissions after patients are discharged....

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:50:40 GMT2016-09-29T21:50:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients, Congress' investigative arm said Thursday....

Zika travel advisory issued for 11 Southeast Asia countries

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:59:11 GMT2016-09-29T21:59:11Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to 11 countries in Southeast Asia because of Zika outbreaks in the region....

In annual ritual, Delhi struggles with dengue, chikungunya

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:20:28 GMT2016-09-29T06:20:28Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Poonam Devi moans in pain on the stretcher in the packed hospital emergency room, her ankles and wrists swollen, an IV hooked up to left arm to hydrate her....

Utah man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:32:16 GMT2016-09-29T08:32:16Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah man who mysteriously contracted Zika from his infected father may have got it by touching his dad's tears or sweat with his bare hands, according to new research that found the unusual transmission method was likely caused by his dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus....

Identical girl triplets born in Poland are doing well

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:20:55 GMT2016-09-29T13:20:55Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A spokeswoman for a hospital in southwestern Poland says extremely rare identical girl triplets were born earlier this month through a cesarean section and are doing well....

Herbal supplement maker agrees to quality control measures

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:43:25 GMT2016-09-29T13:43:25Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's attorney general says the state has reached an agreement with an herbal supplement maker to implement new quality control measures to confirm the authenticity of its products....

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:59:37 GMT2016-09-29T00:59:37Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed....

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:22:30 GMT2016-09-29T01:22:30Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay....

Things to know about California soda tax measures

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:52:06 GMT2016-09-28T17:52:06Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A soda tax is on the Nov. 8 ballots of three San Francisco Bay Area cities as part of a national movement by advocates to curb consumption of liquid sugar. Here's a closer look at the proposals:...