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Stolen laptop had info of thousands of hospital patients
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Officials at Children's Hospital Los Angeles say a laptop stolen from a physician's car last year may have contained personal health information for nearly 3,600 patients....

IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman....

In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul....




US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion....

Ohio seeks drug reversing lethal injection process if needed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions....

The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects
NEW YORK (AP) -- It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks....

Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease....

Court upholds state's law on buffers around abortion clinics
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law allowing buffer zones around abortion clinics that supporters say protect women from harassment....

Trump's HHS pick will sell off stock to avoid conflicts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top health official will sell off stock holdings to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to government documents released Thursday....

Trump picks Veterans Affairs insider to lead troubled agency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official to lead a beleaguered agency struggling to meet the health needs of millions of veterans....



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