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U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

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WASHINGTON - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans.

Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form.

Politics, U.S., 22 Jul 2014

U.S. CDC says to announce safety advisory panel by end of week

CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will announce its safety advisory panel later this week following breaches in its handling of anthrax and a deadly form of bird flu in recent weeks, the director of the agency said on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2014

Fourth bacterial infection death reported at South Carolina hospital

CHARLESTON S.C. - A patient who contracted a rare bacterial infection during surgery at a South Carolina hospital died last week, bringing the total deaths to four since the outbreak was first suspected in May, a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

U.S., 22 Jul 2014

U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Senate committee voted on Tuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, but the agreement faces a tough fight winning the two-thirds majority needed for ratification by the full Senate.

Politics, 22 Jul 2014

Puma says cancer drug meets trial goal, shares soar

- Puma Biotechnology Inc said its experimental breast cancer drug met its main goal in a late-stage trial.

22 Jul 2014

Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says

NEW YORK - More than 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study.

Science 22 Jul 2014

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of the child having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a new study suggests women who use nicotine replacement products may also have children with an elevated risk.

22 Jul 2014

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous for her deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, is now touching a chord with the “sandwich generation” with her wryly sensitive graphic memoir about caring for her aging parents.

22 Jul 2014

Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don’t, according to a new review of past studies that found exercise that gets the heart rate up is best.

22 Jul 2014