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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.

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation’s classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

Snag affecting health law sign-ups gets a fix

A technical problem that had been interfering with sign-ups for President Barack Obama's health care law has been fixed, officials say. Any consumer whose enrollment was hampered by the glitch will be provided with a special enrollment period.

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Millions in health coverage gap seek to avoid tax penalty

Stephanie Daugherty earns too much from her part-time job at a doctor's office to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to comfortably afford one of the health plans for sale through the federally-run insurance exchange that Texas and many states use.

Johnson & Johnson projects aim to spot who'll get a disease

Imagine being able to identify who is likely to develop a particular disease — and then stop the disorder before it starts.

Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015

Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.

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Measles cases turn attention to bounty of childhood vaccines

Measles is in the news, but it's just one of more than a dozen preventable — and sometimes forgotten — diseases targeted by vaccines for children.

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Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls

For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks.

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Federal health officials face tough questions on flu vaccine

It was a tale of two vaccines — one making politically charged headlines about kids not vaccinated against measles and the other reflecting the bleak reality of a harsh flu season.

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What to do? Some questions, answers about measles at work

A boss who’s worried about an outbreak of measles in the workplace needs to tread lightly.

FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

MU: Nurses with post-graduate training can improve health

Researchers from the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

Kansas City hospital confirms 2 flu-related deaths

A Kansas City hospital says it has confirmed two flu-related deaths that happened within the past two months, but a spokeswoman says rules prohibited her from providing additional information.

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As flu becomes more widespread, CDC pushes antiviral meds

In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.

9 measles cases linked to Disney theme parks in California

Seven Californians and two people in Utah have confirmed cases of measles likely contracted on trips last month to Disney theme parks in California, state officials said Wednesday.

4 million actively enroll in health plans

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled in what the administration called “an encouraging start.”

Washington U. gets $30 M for Alzheimer's studies

Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years.

MU health care, Nueterra purchase Fulton hospital

FULTON — The University of Missouri (MU) Health Care and Nueterra announced a joint purchase of Callaway Community Hospital.

Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday.