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Congressional Democrats push for Valeant Pharma subpoena

Congressional Democrats are pressing a Republican committee chairman to force a pharmaceutical company to turn over documents tied to price hikes imposed earlier this year.

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Doctors hopeful for better flu vaccine this winter

Doctors are hopeful that a change to the flu vaccine will minimize outbreaks this winter. So this year, scientists are targeting the most common strain of the virus that circulated last season.

Book Review: Must-read autism book shifts paradigm

"Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" (Simon & Schuster), by Barry M. Prizant

From its first pages, "Uniquely Human" establishes itself as a must-read for anyone touched by autism.

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California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation

California lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who has not said whether he will sign it.

Uncertainty reigns over possible end of 9/11 health programs

Fourteen years after the 9/11 attacks, a new round of uncertainty looms for people exposed to the million tons of toxic dust that fell on New York when hijacked jets toppled the World Trade Center.

3 Louisiana salmonella cases may be in 27-state outbreak

Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, killing a 99-year-old California woman, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires' hits prison

Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup.

'Silver tsunami' amplifies nursing shortage

Report: Hospitals wrangling with high turnover, vacancy rates

A recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association shows trends in turnover and vacancy rates among certain health care professions, specifically with challenges regarding nurse staffing.

Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.

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How fit is your office?

Mid-Missouri companies offer variety of strategies to encourage healthier lifestyles for staffs, reduce insurance costs

JCMG’s employee wellness program is part of a larger trend, where businesses are encouraging healthy choices as a way to decrease health-insurance claim costs over time while developing a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

FDA issues warning over Kim Kardashian’s drug promotions

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye.

Columbia reports 7 suspected mumps cases

Health officials in Boone County says seven suspected cases of mumps have been reported in the Columbia area.

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Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?

Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.

Report: Wait lists for vets even longer today than last year

The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.

Q&A: Female sex pill makes comeback with positive panel vote

Women suffering from low libido got some hope on Thursday, when a panel of health experts said the government should approve an experimental pill intended to boost sexual desire.

Study sees benefit from more extensive breast cancer surgery

Having a little extra tissue taken off during breast cancer surgery greatly lowers the risk that some cancer will be left behind and require a second operation, according to a new study that could change care for more than 100,000 women in the United States alone each year.

Pioneer in spreading Lamaze childbirth method in US dies

When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today.