Health News

U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance


- More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year.

Asia needs more cash, campaigns, law changes to end HIV epidemic: U.N.

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Asia-Pacific region will not meet the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in 15 years unless it changes laws and attitudes hostile to people living with HIV, the head of the United Nations agency on AIDS said on Wednesday. 

8:02am EST

Obama's 'precision medicine' plan to boost research, but faces hurdles

NEW YORK - President Barack Obama's plan to put the United States at the forefront of individually tailored medical treatment should give a much-needed boost to research in the field but experts say it won't work without reforms to healthcare, including drug testing and insurance.

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Medtronic CoreValve safer than surgery in bypass patients: study

- Medtronic's CoreValve non-invasive aortic valve replacement system led to significantly fewer deaths than open heart surgery after one year in patients who had previously undergone coronary bypass procedures, according to data from a clinical trial.

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Diagnostics, Tamiflu help Roche full-year sales beat poll

ZURICH - Swiss drugmaker Roche expects sales and profits to grow at a similar pace to last year, after a strong performance by its diagnostics unit and flu drug Tamiflu helped full-year sales beat expectations.

1:22am EST

Indiana agrees to expand Medicaid under Obamacare

WASHINGTON - Indiana on Tuesday became the 28th U.S. state to agree to expand the Medicaid program for the poor under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, a move that will extend health coverage to 350,000 low-income state residents, the administration said.

U.S. 27 Jan 2015

Gates, UK take lead in $7.5 billion pledge for children's vaccines

BERLIN - International donors pledged $7.5 billion on Tuesday to immunize 300 million children in poor countries against deadly diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia.

27 Jan 2015

Quest in broad deal with CDC for hepatitis analysis

- Laboratory testing company Quest Diagnostics Inc said on Tuesday it had signed a $520,000 agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify trends in screening, diagnosis and treatment of four strains of viral hepatitis.

27 Jan 2015

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop 'surge capacity'

(This version of the Jan. 25th story corrects name and title of U.S. speaker in 6th paragraph)

27 Jan 2015

University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

LOS ANGELES - Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract.

U.S., 27 Jan 2015