Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply
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Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation’s most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday, March 25. Four prisoners already have … Continue reading

Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap
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Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family’s health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle. Cruz, whose Senate filibuster against the law he derides as “Obamacare” led to a partial government shutdown in 2013, is looking for health insurance because his wife, Heidi … Continue reading

Obama: Base health care payments on quality, not quantity
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Obama: Base health care payments on quality, not quantity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to cut health care costs by reducing inefficiencies like unnecessarily long hospital stays and excessive paperwork for doctors that rack up big bills. Obama on Wednesday will launch what the White House calls a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. The White House says more than 2,800 … Continue reading

Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot
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Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot

DENVER (AP) — Not surprisingly, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has reduced pot arrests, but a newly released study says it doesn’t solve one of the central goals of drug-policy reformers: ending racial disparities in enforcement. A report from the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance released Wednesday showed that marijuana arrests in Colorado all but … Continue reading

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Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits. The investments come as researchers harness recent scientific advances, including the mapping of … Continue reading

Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias
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Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant. The justices on Wednesday sided with former driver Peggy Young in throwing out lower court rulings that rejected Young’s lawsuit. The case … Continue reading

Boehner, Pelosi see victories in fixing Medicare docs’ fees
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Boehner, Pelosi see victories in fixing Medicare docs’ fees

  WASHINGTON (AP) — An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can. Boehner, R-Ohio, has taken the unusual step … Continue reading

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Virginia ABC taking alcohol education grant applications

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are accepting applications for community grants in the fight against underage drinking and access to alcohol. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the deadline is April 25 for the grants for alcohol education and prevention initiatives. The grants are open to community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, schools, … Continue reading

Specialty drugs save lives, come with daunting price tags
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Specialty drugs save lives, come with daunting price tags

Mati Munoz lost her liver to hepatitis C, and the virus was attacking its transplanted replacement last year when her doctor prescribed a drug combination that could save the organ. She just needed $7,000 for an initial payment not covered by her Medicare prescription plan. “I felt sunken,” the 65-year-old Woodbridge, New Jersey, woman said. … Continue reading

‘Iron Man’ star Downey presents boy with bionic arm
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‘Iron Man’ star Downey presents boy with bionic arm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just like Tony “Iron Man” Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero — at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy. In a video posted online Thursday,March 12 the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents a working bionic prosthesis to seven-year-old Alex, who … Continue reading

First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’
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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests … Continue reading

Black Madam: I’ve done ‘thousands’ of buttocks injections
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Black Madam: I’ve done ‘thousands’ of buttocks injections

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections” testified at her murder trial Thursday, February 26 that she got into “body sculpting” 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures. Padge-Victoria Windslowe, who also rapped under the name “Black Madam,” is charged … Continue reading

Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah
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Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday, February 26 to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products. The legislation forbids the smoking of marijuana, but allows businesses to grow marijuana and sell pot-infused … Continue reading