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Brown, Democrats Wrangle Over Medicaid Expansion

Posted: 05/05/2013 - California was an early booster of President Barack Obama's health care law and its Democratic political leadership was quick to commit to the optional Medicaid expansion. But it turns out that saying yes was the easy part.

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LA Man Convicted of Smuggling Fake Erectile Drugs

Updated: 05/03/2013 - A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted a former South Korean law enforcement officer for trying to smuggle nearly 40,000 phony erectile dysfunction pills into the U.S.

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Saudi Arabia Reports SARS-Like Virus

Posted: 05/03/2013 - Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry has confirmed three more cases of a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 10 the number of cases it reported this week, including five deadly ones.

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NV: Second Highest in Country for Middle-Age Suicide

Posted: 05/02/2013 - New government data show Nevada has the second-highest suicide rate in the country among people aged 35 to 64, although the rise in the rate was much slower than it was nationally.

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FDA Investigation: Is Anti-Bacterial Soap Safe?

Posted: 05/02/2013 - Federal health regulators are taking a look at the germ-killing ingredient that's found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S.

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Gov't Mulls Next Step on Plan B Pill

Updated: 05/01/2013 - Backed into a corner by a federal court, the Obama administration is considering next steps a day after it upset both sides in the politically charged issue of emergency contraception.

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FDA: Morning-After Pill to Move Over-the-Counter

Updated: 04/30/2013 - The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.

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FDA Will Investigate Added Caffeine in Foods

Posted: 04/30/2013 - With a growing number of foods boasting added caffeine for an energy boost, the Food and Drug Administration says it's time to investigate their safety.

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New Sunscreen Labels

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Before you head out the park, or anywhere else this spring and summer, you'll want to protect yourself and your little ones from the damaging rays of the sun. The choices just got a little easier with new sunscreen labels mandated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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FDA Rejects 2 HIV Drugs from Gilead Sciences

Posted: 04/29/2013 - Gilead Sciences Inc. says that the Food and Drug Administration rejected two marketing applications for HIV treatments, citing quality control problems at the company's manufacturing facilities.

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Valley Fever Spurs Call to Close 2 Prisons

Updated: 04/30/2013 - Valley fever is spreading so quickly through two Central California prisons that a medical expert is recommending the state act quickly to stem the outbreak or shut the institutions down.

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Heart Screening for Newborns Saves Lives

Updated: 04/25/2013 - Even if a newborn looks healthy, some medical conditions can't be seen by the naked eye. They're screened for all kinds of things like blood and hearing tests, but you may be surprised that it's not required by law to give them a certain heart screening.

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Health Care Scams

Updated: 04/22/2013 - This year all states, including Nevada, have been busy setting up health insurance exchanges so residents or small businesses can buy affordable health insurance. It may be confusing, and that's just what scammers are hoping for. Residents may think phone calls asking for Social Security or bank transfer numbers are part of the new program. They are not.

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Florida Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Prescription Drugs

Updated: 04/21/2013 - A Florida-based compounding pharmacy is voluntarily recalling all lots of its sterile non-expired drug products sold nationwide over concerns the products are not sterile and may contain bacteria.

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Some Lawmakers Push for Basic Health Care Plan

Posted: 04/20/2013 - A plan being pushed by California lawmakers would give immigrants living in the country illegally - and legal residents who can't afford health insurance but don't qualify for Medi-Cal - basic low-cost health care.

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ABC's Robin Roberts Hospitalized Again

Posted: 04/18/2013 - The ABC News morning show host said she felt ill last week while on vacation and was told to return to New York and go to the hospital to fight off an infection.

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Lawsuit Over LA Lap-Band Ads Settled

Posted: 04/18/2013 - A company that promotes Lap-Band weight-loss surgery has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a false-advertising lawsuit, with some of the money going to billboards warning the public about the risks of weight-loss surgery.

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