Health & Wellness Features
FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price - more than $250,000 for a year's treatment....
Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring - the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday....
Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for making false statements in research reports....
Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened....
John Smoltz the 1st HOFer following Tommy John surgery
When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he'll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery....
French court: No compensation over faulty breast implants
PARIS (AP) -- A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 3,000 women with leak-prone breast implants - and now women who sued may have to pay back 5.8 million euros ($6.4 million) in collective damages they received in a lower-court ruling....
2nd Ebola case declared in Liberia as health workers protest
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberian officials confirmed a second Ebola case Wednesday in the same town where the disease was detected days earlier on the corpse of a teenager, seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free....
Report urges major steps to help victims of cardiac arrest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Would you know what to do if you see someone collapse, not breathing - a loved one at home, a co-worker at the office, a stranger on the street? Far too many Americans die of cardiac arrest, and now a major new report urges a national campaign to improve survival in part by making sure more bystanders know how to help....
OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug....
Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field....
The Port Authority has proposed a 5-dollar charge for purchasing a Connect Card, The card allows riders to pay the base transit charge, even during peak times. If approved the charge would be used to reduce their deficit. Some are saying that this charge will discourage new riders, while others are calling it preferable to a fare hike.
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