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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests “whose [...]

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Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, 1st death in outbreak

  BERLIN (AP) — An 18-month-old boy has died of measles amid an outbreak in Berlin, a hospital in the German capital said Tuesday. An autopsy on the child, who wasn’t inoculated against measles, showed that he had an unspecified other disease as well but that wouldn’t have led to his death without the measles [...]

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Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles [...]

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Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.And one thing was clear this weekend as the nation’s governors gathered in Washington: Many of the states that could be affected are not prepared for the [...]

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Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care

  HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes [...]

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Majority approves of Obama job on unemployment

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is handling unemployment, according to the [...]

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Obama’s budget targets high cost of cutting-edge drugs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices. Obama’s budget asks Congress to authorize Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its beneficiaries for so-called “specialty” drugs [...]

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Christie: Parents deserve measure of choice on vaccinations

  CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday parents should have some choice on whether to vaccinate their children, a position he’s taken before but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president. The political significance of Christie’s [...]

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Obama threatens veto to health care repeal bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is threatening to veto a Republican bill that would repeal his health care law. The White House says the Affordable Care Act is working and is improving care for Americans. Officials say repealing the law would take health coverage away from millions of Americans and prevent others from gaining coverage. The bill [...]

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Josh Earnest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what he’s calling a precision medicine initiative. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases [...]

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health released a report saying e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and [...]

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