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Maryland's health secretary, who has been working to repair the state's badly flawed health exchange website this year, will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, the school announced Wednesday.

State insurance officials are preparing to release figures next week on how much health plans will cost under the Affordable Care Act for 2015, and rate increases seem inevitable as insurers say their new consumers are older and sicker than anticipated.

Hellas Verona defender Vangelis Moras is in Australia to donate bone marrow to his older brother Dimitris, who has leukemia.

Liberia's president late Wednesday ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened.

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The New York Health Department says it will appeal a federal claim for the return of more than $1.25 billion in Medicaid funds, saying federal authorities previously approved that funding and the claw back could hurt the state's health care system.

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Leaders of a San Francisco Bay Area city approved a $1 billion upgrade of Chevron's troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, after the company agreed to safety and piping upgrades and greater community investment, a newspaper reported.

A private jet hit a utility pole that wasn't listed on aeronautical charts before running into trees and bursting into flames last February, killing a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

The state's largest insurer says close to 45,000 Louisiana policyholders could see the rates for their health coverage jump anywhere from 10 percent to nearly 20 percent next year, and the Affordable Care Act is a major reason.

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The Maryland Board of Physicians said Wednesday that it is seeking statutory authority to conduct criminal background checks on medical license applicants despite one member's concern that health care professionals are being singled out.

Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.

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Southcentral Foundation has announced it will build a new three-story, $28 million building in a growing area that straddles the University of Alaska and the medical district.

The popular push for locally produced food has spawned flocks of backyard chickens in urban neighborhoods nationwide, but people may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches a ride on hens.

A Florida mother is facing a felony charge after leaving her 2-month-old baby in a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office for about an hour.

Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms.

Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

A Fairbanks priest has joined an alcohol treatment program following his arrest earlier this year on suspicion of driving under the influence.

A 72-year-old physically disabled man has suffered serious burns to his back and arms in fire at his apartment in Vermont.

A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

The son of a North Carolina-based missionary says his mother is fighting the Ebola virus while in isolation in Liberia.

New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more quickly.

The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

A rural Kathryn woman charged with the deaths of eight horses had a seizure in court and was taken to a hospital.

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors say the operators of a Baton Rouge medical equipment supplier will be sentenced in November following their guilty pleas to federal health care fraud charges.

A Birmingham hospital is disputing a man's account that his penis was amputated at its facility.

An online marketplace for farmers markets and a nonprofit Connecticut health insurance company are launching a new program to bring local, fresh food to Fairfield County residents.

Spending more money on prevention programs and working harder to keep guns out of the wrong hands are among the proposals floated by a group in Cleveland working to slow down youth violence.

The Veterans Affairs Department said it wants to fire two supervisors accused of manipulating health care data in Colorado and Wyoming.

About 2.5 million California adults remain uninsured after the first open enrollment period for the new federal health law, and the state will face even bigger challenges in reaching those people, particularly Latinos, according to a survey released Tuesday by a national health policy nonprofit.

The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a southwest Georgia peanut plant could keep jurors tied up for more than two months, the trial judge said Wednesday.

Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison so disease-free animals can be relocated to create new herds outside the park, Yellowstone officials said Wednesday.

An Eau Claire pediatrician acquitted of most sexual assault charges against him agreed to give up his medical license so the remaining counts will be dismissed.

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.

The Hattiesburg Public School District has joined in a federal program that will allow the district to serve free breakfasts and lunches to every student.

Congress is set to adopt a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The House approved the bill Wednesday, with a Senate vote expected by the end of the week.

Mississippi's governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state's only abortion clinic in business.

Minnesota House Democrats hope to pass a bill next session requiring that employers provide contraceptives to workers.

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The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report.

Billy Starr was living at his father's house — sometimes in a tent in the backyard — in need of another adventure after hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, when he decided to ride his bicycle to the very tip of Cape Cod.

A dog attack killed a two-week old Hawaiian monk seal pup and injured four other seals on Kauai, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Health insurer Humana Inc.'s second-quarter net income fell by 18 percent as investments in health care exchanges and state-based contracts along with higher specialty drug costs more than offset continued membership growth in its Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.

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