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VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions....

Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott's unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling shortcut - operating through her eyelid....

Finding available options when diagnosis calls for surgery
Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options....





Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system....

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs
CHICAGO (AP) -- With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy....

Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country - a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll....

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives....

Added protections for consumer information on health website
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates....

Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, briefly contaminating the water supply of a city downstream....

Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said....