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House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years....

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):...

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....





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....

Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children....

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....

A look at some key statistics on rare diseases in the US
The global pharmaceutical industry is make huge investments in treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers. A look at some key statistics on rare diseases:...