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Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

A turning point came on Jan. 11, 1964. It was on that Saturday morning that U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it.

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Health insurance law may dramatically affect pharmacists, patients

A tough pill to swallow?

Some Missouri pharmacists say the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not only affect patients’ prescriptions, but also the way pharmacists perform their jobs.

FDA says Virginia company illegally marketing products

The Virginia dietary supplement maker central to a gift scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell is illegally marketing two products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Facility in New York 'last hope' for Jahi McMath

The family of a California girl who has been declared brain dead says a facility in New York may be able to accept her and keep her on life support.

Reader inquires about deadline for ACA coverage

When is the deadline to sign up for health coverage in the online marketplace? People can still sign up but have to prove website problems hindered them.

Pregnant nurse fired in Pa. over flu shot

A pregnant woman who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying has been fired from her job with a health care company.

Avoiding health insurance gaps takes persistence

The deadline has passed, and so too the surprise grace period, for signing up for health insurance as part of the nation’s health care law.

Mother of Wyoming student wrestler sues hospital

The mother of a 16-year-old boy who was paralyzed after breaking two vertebrae during high school wrestling practice has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Wyoming hospital that treated him.

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

Even in willing states, health law's rollout rocky

Political opposition to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act runs deep in states led by Republican governors and legislators. And problems with its troubled rollout have been felt starkly in many of those places. But states where Democratic governors and legislative majorities enthusiastically enacted the system have also bogged down with glitches, gaffes and controversy.

Rural residents more likely to be uninsured

Missourians who live in rural areas are far less likely to have health insurance than those living near big cities, according to U.S. Census data.

Suburban Houston illness attributed to swine flu

Public health officials in suburban Houston said swine flu was the cause of a man's recent sickness, and they're still investigating what has sickened others, including four who died.

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Affordable Care Act mandates 10 essential health benefits

‘Continuum of care’

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all health insurance plans in the Marketplace to cover 10 essential health benefits. And in some cases, those 10 essential benefits fall in line with how health care providers are already evolving their care.

Vaccine possible in Cal campus meningitis outbreak

State and federal officials are considering whether to provide students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Health care sign-ups pick up but may not close gap (VIDEO)

With time running short, the nation’s health care rolls still aren’t filling up fast enough.

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Female libido drug remains in limbo (VIDEO)

The multi-decade search for a pill that boosts sexual desire in women has hit another roadblock, raising questions about the future of efforts to develop a female equivalent to Viagra.

FDA approves first generic versions of Cymbalta

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of the blockbuster antidepressant Cymbalta, offering lower-cost access to one of the most widely prescribed treatments for depression, anxiety and other disorders.

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Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.

Feds balk at paper health application

Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.

Calif. health exchange shares data without consent

The California health exchange says it's been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.