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Obama Opens Summit, Pledges $15B For Medicaid

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Calling for fiscal restraint even while federal spending soars, President Barack Obama summoned allies, adversaries and outside experts to a White House summit Monday to address skyrocketing budget deficits and announced $15 billion in Medicaid money to states from his $787 billion economic stimulus package.

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Schwarzenegger Says Drugs Have No Place in Sports

Posted: 02/22/2009 - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is no stranger to athletic competition - or to steroids. And the formerchampion bodybuilder says there's no place for drugs in sports these days.

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Obama Has Big Challenge in Overhauling Health Care

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Now for the hard part. Even if the national credit card is maxed out and partisanship remains the rule for Washington's political tribes, President Barack Obama and Congress are plunging ahead with a health care overhaul.

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Kids' Cholesterol Study Reassuring, Doctors Say

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Fewer than 1 percent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs, says a new study that offers some reassuring news on the childhood obesity front.

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Push Is On To Tailor Cancer Care To Tumor's Genes

Posted: 02/16/2009 - The days of one-size-fits-all cancer treatment are numbered: A rush of new research is pointing the way to tailor chemotherapy and other care to what's written in your tumor's genes.

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Delay Lets Military Health Fraud Suspects Off Hook

Posted: 02/12/2009 - A dozen defendants who allegedly swindled the military's health care program out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Philippines won't face justice or pay any restitution after authorities failed to arrest them.

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China Investigates More Milk Products For Melamine

Posted: 02/12/2009 - China is investigating milk products produced by one of the country's largest dairies and a unit of France's Groupe Danone SA for an unapproved additive and melamine. Both companies insisted their products were safe.

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Nevada, Health Oversight Body to Trade Information

Posted: 02/11/2009 - A national accrediting body and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services have agreed to share information about infection control breaches such as those blamed for a hepatitis C outbreak last year in southern Nevada, a state official said.

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Peanut Co. Owner Refuses To Testify To Congress

Updated: 02/11/2009 - The owner of a peanut company refused to testify to Congress on Wednesday amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with federal health officials that he should be able "turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money."

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Lab Tests Show Possible Salmonella at Texas Plant

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Private lab tests show there may have been salmonella at a second plant operated by the peanut company at the center of a national outbreak, Texas health officials said Tuesday.

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Analysts Say Number of Uninsured Americans to Grow

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Without changes in federal policy, the number of Americans without health insurance will grow from about 45 million this year to about 54 million in 2019, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Reproductive Society Probes Octuplet Mom, Doctor

Posted: 02/10/2009 - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says it's investigating whether fertility treatment guidelines were broken in the case of a Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last month.

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Smoking Curbs Clear Hurdle in Home of Marlboro Man

Posted: 02/10/2009 - In a sign of how vilified smoking has become, lawmakers in Virginia - where the world's largest cigarette factory churns out Marlboros - passed curbs on smoking in restaurants.

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New Mexico Moves Slowly With Medical Marijuana Law

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Eighteen months after New Mexico enacted a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana law, the state is moving gingerly ahead, mindful that the closely watched program could go up in smoke because it conflicts with federal law.

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Healthcare Assistance Office May Close

Posted: 02/10/2009 - Gov. Jim Gibbons' proposal to save about $1 million by closing the state Consumer Health Assistance Office was challenged Monday by lawmakers who noted the office has saved Nevadans $30 million in health care expenses since it opened in 2000.

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FDA Seeks Plans To Reduce Misuse Of Painkillers

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Federal health regulators are requiring more than a dozen drugmakers to develop plans to reduce the misuse of their painkillers, which cause hundreds of deaths each year.

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