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Celebrities are getting $2,000 MRI scans to learn about their health. Should you?

Jul. 15, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What if there was a way to peer into your body and spot early signs of cancer and other life-threatening ailments before they became serious? That’s the pitch from a new cluster of companies selling high-tech scans to healthy people interested in learning more...

Can California’s health care providers help solve the state’s homelessness crisis?

Jul. 11, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

When a shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars almost derailed new homeless housing in Bakersfield, the savior that swooped in to salvage the project wasn’t an affordable housing nonprofit, state housing grant or other traditional source. Instead, it was a health care company...

Pritzker signs law banning health insurance companies' 'predatory tactics,' including step therapy

Jul. 10, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law measures to block what he called insurance companies' “predatory tactics to make an extra dime” by shortchanging consumers on their medical needs. The Democrat signed legislation codifying one of...

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Jul. 09, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices, after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. ...

Read the letter President Biden sent to House Democrats telling them to support him in the election

Jul. 08, 2024 13:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Democrats in Congress to know he has no intention of exiting this year's election, sending them a letter on Monday on his personal letterhead. Here is Biden's letter to the congressional Democrats whose backing he likely needs: ...

IRS delays in resolving identity theft cases are 'unconscionable,' an independent watchdog says

Jun. 26, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent watchdog within the IRS reported Wednesday that while taxpayer services have vastly improved, the agency is still too slow to resolve identity theft cases with delays that are “unconscionable." Overall, the 2024 filing season went smoothly,...

States fail to track abuses in foster care facilities housing thousands of children, US says

Jun. 26, 2024 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many states are failing to track how frequently children in foster care facilities are abused, sexually assaulted or improperly restrained, leaving them vulnerable to mistreatment, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said in a report...

Ivory Coast sets up mobile enrollment for a health coverage program criticized over glitches

Jun. 22, 2024 04:04 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Health authorities in Ivory Coast launched mobile enrollment centers for the country’s universal health coverage program, which has been criticized since its 2019 inception over difficulties accessing benefits. Ivory Coast is one of a handful countries...

It's hard to find treatment for snakebites in Kenya. Thousands of people are dying every year

Jun. 20, 2024 04:01 AM EDT

MWINGI, Kenya (AP) — Esther Kangali felt a sharp pain while on her mother’s farm in eastern Kenya. She looked down and saw a large snake coiling around her left leg. She screamed, and her mother came running. Kangali was rushed to a nearby health center, but it lacked antivenom...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 19, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 17, 2024. Editorial: Tighten state oversight to prevent fraud State departments need to get the basics down, as Feeding Our Future and front-line worker audits show. When it comes to doling out state and federal funds,...