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Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

Health officials probe cause of suspected botulism at picnic

Heath officials said Wednesday they are working to determine which food from a church potluck might have caused a suspected botulism outbreak that left one person dead and 23 others sick.

Fla. governor will sue Obama over hospital money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won’t expand Medicaid.

Govt. clarifies rules for wellness programs at work

Federal regulators Thursday proposed limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

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Obama signs overhaul of how Medicare pays doctors

Ending years of last-minute fixes, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors, a rare bipartisan achievement by Democrats and Republicans.

FDA panel opposes dropping warnings from tobacco pouch

Government advisers recommended against a proposal by Swedish Match to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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3D print technology provides ‘robohand’ to 7-year-old girl

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Farmers fund research to produce gluten-free wheat

Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world’s biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

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New bird flu strain has poultry farmers scrambling

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

Cool reception for new sign-up window under health care law

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

Bird flu detected in northeast Kansas

Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas.

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Officials: Listeriosis not cause of 3 deaths, but factor

Kansas health officials say a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products may have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients.

FDA: 3 people die from foodborne illness linked to ice cream

Officials say three people have died after developing a foodborne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.

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A group effort from CrossFit to yoga

Exercising in a group setting can motivate you to work harder

Shelby Penno tries to do “a little bit of everything” with her workouts. Penno is one among many who enjoy what group exercise has to offer.

Missouri officials investigate bacteria as cause of deaths

The Missouri health department is investigating whether a staph bacteria caused the deaths of two St. Charles County residents.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient

A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive.

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

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