July 3

The Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia has reached out to veterans, added staff and extended clinic hours to add 1,700 new appointments in coming weeks for veterans awaiting care, acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday.

State health officials say mosquitoes in two Indiana counties have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The parents of an inmate who hanged himself in a central Pennsylvania prison have sued the Department of Corrections for allegedly misusing solitary confinement to deal with mentally ill inmates.

Health care companies say they're losing millions of dollars that are tied up in appeals because of increasing numbers of Medicare audits. But the rise in the often duplicative audits has failed to reduce Medicare fraud, according to a report released Wednesday.

A Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby is about to get a new ear.

Federal grants totaling $1.5 million are being awarded to a rural elderly care program and the University of North Dakota's School of Nursing.

General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

A worker bitten by a cobra at a South Florida wildlife sanctuary is back in the hospital with an infection.

Tennessee health officials said Wednesday they disagree with a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that accuses the state of failing to provide certain services as required by the federal health care law.

The Office of Inspector General for the Veterans Affairs Department has released its recommendations for improvements at the six community-based outpatient clinics across Kansas overseen by the Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

Arkansas has seen a big increase this year in the number of reported cases of shigellosis, a stomach illness that is typically spread at nursing homes and childcare facilities, the state Department of Health said.

Health officials in Columbus say two pools of mosquitoes on the south side of the city have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

A new annual licensing fee for Illinois hospitals that takes effect this month will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that sought to increase the tax credits available for donations to organizations providing food to the poor and aid to pregnant women.

Health officials say a 50-year-old Miami-Dade County woman is the state's first case of locally acquired dengue fever so far this year.

Editorials from around Pennsylvania:

The Grant County Health District is responding to a local outbreak of whooping cough among migrant workers in Mattawa and Quincy.

How often do your favorite TV outlets all carry the same show at the same time — and in prime time, without ads?

Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, July 2, 2014

A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation.

An Iowa man who says he grew marijuana to treat his cancer has been found guilty of drug charges.

New York health officials have awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide continue key services.

Four companies will have another shot to operate one of Massachusetts' first medical marijuana dispensaries, the state announced on Wednesday.

Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta both stayed in the game for Argentina after being knocked down by blows to their heads during Wednesday's World Cup semifinal.

A section of beach in Burlington that was closed because of higher than normal levels of E. coli has reopened.

A New York City man will spend 17 years in prison for beating his nursing home roommate to death with a metal piece from a wheelchair.

Patients who arrive unconscious with a head injury at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle may be given a drug being tested to prevent bleeding in the brain, even though they are unable to give their consent.

The Vermont Health Department says 11 whooping cough cases were reported in Windham County in June and so far this month there have been five suspected cases.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he has reached a settlement with insurer EmblemHealth Inc. that will force the company to boost its coverage of mental health services.

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of 428 million euros ($580 million) on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.

A new study says bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults.

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has set 10 hearings across the state to discuss the fiscal health of rural hospitals.

A measure that would have overturned Montana's medical marijuana law likely will not appear on the November ballot.

Warsaw's mayor said Wednesday she fired the head of a maternity hospital who refused to perform or facilitate an abortion of a badly deformed fetus for reasons of conscience.

Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died.

A Minnesota hospital is among several around the country that will test a medication that controls bleeding to see if it works on brain injuries.

Faced with major changes to their health insurance benefits, more than 500 Memphis police officers called in sick Wednesday for the second consecutive day to protest cuts aimed at helping buttress the city's troubled pension program in a showdown that reflects wider struggles in cash-strapped urban centers across the country.

Sree Muppa sits at a desk eight hours a day.

A Colorado resident is being treated for the pneumonic plague, the first confirmed case in the state since 2004.

Abortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state's clinics.

Shares of Celgene Corp. slipped in premarket trading Wednesday after the drugmaker said its psoriatic arthritis treatment Otezla missed the main goal of a late-stage study exploring an additional use.

Bridgeport police say the assistant director of a drug treatment center drove one of his clients to a drug deal.

Arizona's top health official has accepted a judge's decision adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

The Pennsylvania state Senate is unlikely to act on medical marijuana legislation before the fall, to the disappointment of about two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children who went to the Capitol to press for its passage.

Some University of Colorado alumni are rolling their eyes at an upcoming "Football 101 for Women" clinic, saying the course plays to gender stereotypes that women don't understand the game.

Donald Sterling, challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.

The Vermont Health Department is warning people to watch out for ticks that could carry Lyme disease.

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