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Judges in health care rulings vote party line

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them....

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

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DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull - to keep her alive....

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey....




Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday....

HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection
There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug works now shows that it does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses....

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) -- A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination....

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick....

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed....

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement
BALTIMORE (AP) -- For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear....

Meningitis diagnosis prompted W.Va. clinic probe
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An investigation that found syringes were being reused at a West Virginia pain management clinic - whose operator had his medical license revoked in Texas - was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis, a health official said Tuesday....