Health News

Despite Obamacare, gap health insurance market explodes


NEW YORK - Despite the promise of coverage through the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of people applying for non-compliant, short-term health insurance policies was up more than 100 percent in 2014, according to new data available from companies who broker these policies.

Transparency, teamwork key to beating deadly South Korea MERS outbreak

LONDON - South Korea risks a long battle with MERS unless it is transparent, works with international virus-hunters and avoids mistakes made by Saudi Arabia, where the killer disease took hold after emerging in 2012.

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Tracing the path of South Korea's MERS 'patient zero'

SEOUL - Eight days after returning from a trip to the Middle East, a 68-year-old South Korean man developed a cough and fever.

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India orders safety checks on Nestle's Maggi noodles

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI - India's food minister on Wednesday ordered safety checks on Nestle India's Maggi instant noodles after regional food inspectors said the test batches of the popular snack were found to contain dangerous levels of lead.

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PillPack harnesses interest in healthcare firms to raise $50 million

SAN FRANCISCO - Medications-by-mail company PillPack said it had raised $50 million in funding, underscoring the continuing appeal of healthcare companies to venture capital backers.

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Carmat to give fourth patient artificial heart within three months

PARIS - Carmat will equip a fourth patient with an artificial heart within three months at most, one of the company's founders told BFM television on Wednesday.

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U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official

WASHINGTON - A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

U.S., 02 Jun 2015

Canada says no danger posed by U.S. anthrax shipment

OTTAWA - The Canadian government confirmed on Tuesday that it received an anthrax sample kit from the U.S Department of Defense that might have contained live bacterium, but it said there were no reported illnesses.

02 Jun 2015

California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18

LOS ANGELES - The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age.

Politics, 02 Jun 2015

Mother fights brain cancer with electric fields

ST. LOUIS MISSOURI - Against all odds, Elizabeth Marek is alive thanks to a tumor-killing device that attacks brain cancer cells with electric fields. Marek has glioblastoma, a deadly and aggressive form of brain cancer with no cure and a life expectancy of just over two years. | Video

Science, 02 Jun 2015