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Medicare 'Part B' premiums to rise next year for many
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage, eating away at an increase in their Social Security checks....



Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies
ATLANTA (AP) -- Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care....



Abuse victims say new attention should spur New York reforms
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Every year, Bridie Farrell travels to the state Capitol hoping it's the last time she has to urge lawmakers to pass the Child Victims Act and allow people molested as children to sue those responsible even after the statute of limitations on civil cases has expired....



Student therapy dog can stay in sorority house amid dispute
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A university student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in an Ohio sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies....



VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....



AP's gift ideas for yogis, gym rats and wellness lovers
MIAMI (AP) -- We've rounded up the 10 best gift ideas for all your favorite gym rats from Weekend Warriors to barre lovers....



US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight....



FDA OKs new therapy for some hemophilia patients
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- U.S. regulators have approved the first new treatment in nearly two decades to prevent internal bleeding in certain patients with hemophilia....



California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports....



Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others....