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U.S. Veterans agency struggles with claims problems: watchdog

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:41pm
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Still reeling from the scandal over healthcare delays, the Department of Veterans Affairs also is struggling to reduce a backlog of disability claims, the agency's inspector general said on Monday. In wri...
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U.N. chief makes 'pilgrimage' to Haiti to address cholera crisis

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:14pm
By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Haiti on Monday for what he called a "necessary pilgrimage" to promote efforts to alleviate a cholera epidemic that has killed thousands and ...
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Shi'ite group hands back army camp to Yemeni government

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:16pm
SANAA (Reuters) - (This July 12, 2014 story was refiled to Fix typos in paragraphs 3 and 7) Shi'ite Muslim tribesmen handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said, to try to defuse tensions caus...
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Testicular Cancer Up Sharply Among Young Hispanics, Study Finds

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:00pm
MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testicular cancer rates have risen sharply among young Hispanic Americans in recent years, but not among young whites, a new study finds. Historically, white men have had the highest rate of testicular can...
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Targacept ends Alzheimer's drug trial after mid-stage failure

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:44pm
(Reuters) - Targacept Inc said it was ending a mid-stage trial on its Alzheimer's drug as it did not show superiority over standard medication, sending its shares down as much as 19.8 percent. The drug, TC-1734, which was being tested against...
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Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:42pm
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether a man's low-risk prostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery or another method may have more to do with his doctor than his health, according to a new study. Urologists who ...
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States told to find way to clear Medicaid backlog

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:37pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A half-dozen states with backlogs for Medicaid enrollees were facing a federal deadline Monday to create plans for getting those low-income residents enrolled in health coverage.
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Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:18pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.
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South African anti-apartheid author, Nobel winner Gordimer dies

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 1:14pm
By Ndundu Sithole JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said ...
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Targacept stops Alzheimer's drug trial after it fails mid-stage

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:51pm
(Reuters) - Targacept Inc said its experimental Alzheimer's drug did not show superiority over standard medication in a mid-stage study and that it would no longer invest in the development of the treatment. The company's shares were down ...
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Bed-sharing is biggest risk factor in infant deaths

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:33pm
Bed-sharing is the largest risk factor for sudden infant death, particularly among very young babies, US researchers said on Monday. Sixty-nine percent of babies who died suddenly were sharing a sleeping space with another person when they died, ...
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GlaxoSmithKline recalls painkiller in Puerto Rico

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:31pm
(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc recalled about 10,600 bottles of its painkiller sold in Puerto Rico after finding the packaging was not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Panadol is a paracetamol-based pain relieve...
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If your friends feel like family, there's a good reason for it

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:03pm
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose. A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves ...
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Kindred Healthcare steps up hostile pursuit of Gentiva

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:00pm
Kindred Healthcare Inc raised its hostile bid for a stake in Gentiva Health Services Inc, stepping up its pursuit of the home healthcare services provided by Gentiva to an aging U.S. population. Hospital operator Kindred offered $16 per share for...
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U.S. inspectors find further anthrax violations, mishandling

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:40am
A second U.S. investigation into the anthrax breach at federal laboratories found major safety lapses, from keys left in supposedly locked refrigerators containing anthrax to the use of disinfectants that had passed their use-by dates, according t...
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Doctors find strategies to reduce medication errors among kids

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:37am
By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many kids are not taking their prescribed medications, or take an incorrect dose, due to weaknesses in the chain from prescribing to filling prescriptions to administering medication, according to a ne...
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Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:17am
CHICAGO (AP) — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
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Ravens cornerback arrested, giving Baltimore dubious NFL distinction

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:12am
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - The starting cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested over the weekend, authorities said, giving the professional football franchise the highest arrest record in the National Football League since ...
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Mylan to buy Abbott generics, cut taxes, in $5.3 billion deal

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:03am
Generic drugmaker Mylan Inc said on Monday it would buy Abbott Laboratories' branded specialty and generics business in developed markets outside the United States in a $5.3 billion deal that will bolster its product line and also cut its tax ...
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Nigerian leader tells Malala missing girls to be home soon

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:55am
By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would soon return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meetin...
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