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The Associated Press
AP Top Health News At Midnight EDT

Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs
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CHICAGO (AP) -- "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found....

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries....

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes
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GENEVA (AP) -- Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday....





Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens....

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May....

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix....

Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day?...

Using tax credits to pay premiums gets complicated
Using the federal income tax system to promote social policy goals is a time-honored strategy for policymakers of both political parties....

NFL, FIFA join forces to evaluate concussions
NEW YORK (AP) -- Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions....

Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately....