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Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday....

Report: 5 months after infection, man spreads Ebola via sex

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed....

Dr. Oz's 'The Daily Dose' switches radio distributors

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dr. Mehmet Oz's radio show, "The Daily Dose with Dr. Oz," is getting a new home....




GOP divided as Supreme Court ruling on health care law nears
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ron Johnson was elected to Congress in 2010 as an adamant foe of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Yet facing a Supreme Court decision that could disrupt how that law functions, the Wisconsin Republican is among many in the GOP who want Congress to react with caution....

US shuts down Ebola treatment center in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- American officials are shutting down a special treatment unit they set up in Liberia at the height of the Ebola crisis last year....

Hungary vows to start moving toxic waste from chemical plant
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Some 1,000 barrels of toxic waste will be removed quickly from a defunct chemical company plant in Budapest, a Hungarian official said Thursday after Greenpeace described conditions at the site as "near catastrophic."...

House rejects bid to let VA docs give advice on medical pot
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House Thursday barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors....

Texas takes aim at telemedicine care for patients
DALLAS (AP) -- The state of Texas and telemedicine advocates are in a legal tussle over patients who receive doctor consultations through video....

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch dies at age 91
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- A half-century after dropping 70 pounds and keeping them off, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch made some allowances: Cokes in her fridge, Klondikes in her freezer, the occasional potato or extra piece of bread on her plate. But she never again touched the chocolate marshmallow cookies she called her ultimate weakness, the treat she'd stash in the hamper and eat by the boxful in the middle of the night, all the while praying she'd choke on her next bite....

Jury awards woman $13M for exposure to asbestos in talcum
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles jury awarded $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted a deadly disease from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co....