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AP Top Health News At 4:35 p.m. EDT

Senate delays vote on bipartisan bill on Medicare doc fees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-run Senate has delayed giving final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation permanently blocking Medicare cuts for physicians until next month....

Price tag of bipartisan bill averting Medicare doc fee cuts
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. Highlights of the CBO analysis (in rounded numbers):...

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola....





White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly....

FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine....

Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party avoid being sidelined by majority Republicans over the next two years....

Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use....

Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS:...

Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation....

Study: Ebola takes worst toll on babies, other young kids
Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests....