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Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Controversial Health Care Overhaul

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 1:43 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to uphold the Obama administration’s historic overhaul of the nation’s health care system. The Justice Department on Wednesday filed an appeal asking the nation’s top court to review an earlier decision by a federal court, which ruled the legislation exceeded its authority by requiring most Americans […]

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Appeal Asks Top Court to Kill Health Care Law

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Twenty-six U.S. states and a group representing small businesses are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system. The states, led by Florida, and the National Federation of Independent Business both filed appeals with the nation’s top court Wednesday, asking justices to declare the entire law […]

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US Business Group Asks Top Court to Kill Health Care Law

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A group representing small businesses is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system. The National Federation of Independent Business filed an appeal with the nation’s top court Wednesday, asking justices to declare the entire law unconstitutional. They are appealing a court decision made last month […]

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US Health Care Costs Rose Sharply in 2011

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study shows the cost of U.S. health care rose dramatically in 2011, a factor that increases pressure on the shaky economy and a faltering job market. The Kaiser Family Foundation study found that annual health care premiums for insurance provided by employers were up 9 percent compared with 2010. In contrast, workers’ income […]

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Venezuela’s Chavez Back Home After Chemotherapy in Cuba

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 3:39 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned home after completing what he says is a final round of chemotherapy to treat his cancer. President Chavez said after arriving from Cuba that the chemotherapy sessions have been successful and that he feels as if he has been “born again.” Mr. Chavez underwent three rounds in Cuba and […]

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Pakistan Tries to Contain Dengue Fever Outbreak

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistan is trying to contain an outbreak of dengue fever that has killed at least eight people in the last two months. Officials said Wednesday that more than 4,400 cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in the country’s Punjab province. The provincial capital, Lahore, has been hit particularly hard by the flu-like disease. […]

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Study: Obesity Rising Worldwide

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Health experts are warning that obesity is on the rise worldwide, especially in the United States and Britain. A new study published Friday in the medical journal, The Lancet, says 1.5 billion adults are overweight and another half-a-billion are obese. Obesity is also on the rise among the world’s children, with 170 million classified as […]

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Vietnam Battling Deadly Epidemic of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese health officials are struggling to contain an outbreak of a disease that has killed 81 children and infected tens of thousands more this year. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien says the nation is under an epidemic of hand, foot and mouth disease, and has ordered state and local officials to launch an aggressive […]

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US Health Insurance Mandate Suffers Setback

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. appeals court has ruled that part of the Obama administration’s overhaul of the health care system is unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel Friday struck down the provision of the law that requires all Americans to pay for health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty. In its decision, the panel wrote that the […]

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South Africa Set to Introduce National Health Insurance Plan

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s government is set to propose a national health insurance plan aimed at improving health care services for the poor. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the goal of the plan, known as NHI, is to ensure that everyone in the country receives essential healthcare, regardless of their employment status or ability to make a […]

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