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Obama, Pence Visit Capitol Hill For Obamacare Fight

January 4th 2017

President Barack Obama arrived to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. Vice President-elect Mike Pence is meeting with GOP lawmakers to discuss the best way to send Obama’s cherished law to its graveyard and replace it with — well, something....
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EpiPen Maker Offers Discount After Outrage [VIDEO]

August 25th 2016

Following extremely critical news coverage and condemnation from politicians including Hillary Clinton, pharmaceutical maker Mylan has agreed to offer a discount to the patient cost of the EpiPen, the emergency epinephrine shot that stops anaphylaxis. The cost of the severe-allergy treatment had increased by more than 400 percent in the past 10 years. Mylan...
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Zika Virus Confirmed Among Four Canadian travellers

January 30th 2016

Zika virus infections have recently been confirmed among four Canadians who have travelled to areas most affected by the virus, the Public Health Agency of Canada says. Two cases in British Columbia, one in Alberta and one in Quebec all resulted from travel to areas where the virus is actively circulating, such as South...
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Michigan Environmental Protection Agency Leader Quits

January 22nd 2016

Susan Hedman, the EPA director overseeing an area in Michigan that includes Flint, stepped down on Thursday as the water crisis in the city has continued unabated. The EPA also announced an emergency order on Thursday requiring the state and city to take “immediate steps to address the drinking water contamination in Flint.”
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Officials Dismissed Flint Water Fears In Emails [VIDEO]

January 21st 2016

Data unveiled in 274 pages of emails released by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder paint a picture of dismissive state leaders who deflected responsibility and ignored scientific evidence regarding the lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint. Top aides reportedly scoffed at people voicing questions about the water quality “anti-everything,” and findings reported by a concerned paediatrician...
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Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli Arrested [VIDEO]

December 17th 2015

The pharma CEO reviled for raising the price of life-saving drugs for personal gain has been arrested for securities fraud. Martin Shkreli, 32, is accused of taking stocks from Retrophin Inc. to pay off unrelated debts. He started the biotech firm in 2011. Prosecutors say he made secret payoffs and set up fake deals.
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Stewart Is Back To Shame Congress Over #WorstResponders [VIDEO]

December 8th 2015

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show for the first time since passing the torch to new host Trevor Noah in August to provide an update on a cause he has been supporting for years: Funding healthcare for 9/11 first responders. Stewart popped up in the second half of the show (“Are you lost?”...
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Trevor Noah Recalls Emergency Appendectomy Trip [VIDEO]

November 6th 2015

Trevor Noah is back to “The Daily Show” after experience first hand Health Care in America over an emergency appendectomy, he was taken to the emergency room Tuesday with abdominal pain. “Although I don’t know if ’emergency room’ is the right term, because they make you wait,” he said. “I feel like there should...
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Trevor Noah: Syria ‘Kind Of’ Gets Boots On The Ground [VIDEO]

November 3rd 2015

Trevor Noah reminded us of that time President Obama promise not to send troops into Syria to fight ISIS but despite this the President makes dubious changes to U.S. military strategy in the Middle East. “But here you are with your boots on the ground,boots on the ground, boots on the ground, looking like...
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California Approves Assisted Suicide [VIDEO]

October 6th 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown approved an end-of-life measure Monday that allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to quicken the deaths of terminally ill patients. Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, said he had difficulty in approving the assisted-suicide law and had to “reflect on what I would want in the face of my...
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Anthem Buys Rival Cigna For $54.2Bn to Create Health Insurance Giant [VIDEO]

July 24th 2015

Anthem Health said on Friday it would buy Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer. Cigna shareholders will get $103.40 per share in cash and 0.5152 Anthem shares. The deal comes three weeks after Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion and is part...
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F.D.A. Panel Approves Female Viagra [VIDEO]

June 5th 2015

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended the approval of a controversial pill, flibanserin, that would boost women’s libido, The pill has been rejected twice already by the F.D.A., which said the drug’s benefits don’t outweigh its risks.
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Mexico investigating vaccinations after 2 children die, 29 sickened

May 11th 2015

Mexico has stopped administering certain vaccines and launched an investigation into why two children died and 29 fell ill this weekend after receiving inoculations in Chiapas, officials said. 
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Blue Bell Pulls All Food Over Listeria [VIDEO]

April 21st 2015

Ice cream giant Blue Bell Creameries expanded a recall to include all of its products Monday in the wake of potential contamination concerns, according to a statement on its website. The Texas-based company pulled all of its products over a threat of of Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious or fatal infections in children,...
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Obamacare Faces The Supreme Court, Again [VIDEO]

March 4th 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The case being argued Wednesday is just the latest challenge to the law that was Obama’s attempt to bring universal health care to the United States. In King v....
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Coffee May Prevent Heart Attacks [VIDEO]

March 3rd 2015

Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day may be more helpful than harmful, according to a study published in the journal Heart on Monday. A team of researchers in South Korea found that people who drank moderate amounts of coffee, which is three to five cups daily, were less likely to develop...
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John Oliver Goes After Big Pharma [VIDEO]

February 9th 2015

Goes After Big Pharma’s Relationship With Doctors Check what he said on his show last nights show: Here’s how it works. Money combines with the cash receptors in your doctor’s wallet to create fast-acting financial relief, so your doctor can rest easy and enjoy life. Common side effects of doctors taking money may include...
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[VIDEO] Senator Tillis: Employees shouldn’t be forced to Wash Hands

February 5th 2015

On the Jon Stewart Show, Jon made me spit my coffee when I saw this bit. LOL Thanks Jon! Senator Thom Tillis (R) Free-market principles employees shouldn’t be forced to wash hands
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Scientists Allegedly Exposed To Ebola In Atlanta Lab [VIDEO]

December 26th 2014

As many as a dozen scientists were potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in an Atlanta CDC lab on Monday. The technician who specifically handled the misplaced virus material currently has no symptoms and is being monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the same lab have been contacted and will be assessed. CDC...
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10 dead after doctor uses infected tools on women in India

November 12th 2014

An Indian surgeon used infected instruments to sterilize 83 women in about six hours, according to a local medical official, leaving 10 of them dead and another 69 hospitalized in the central state of Chhattisgarh. The doctor breached guidelines that limit surgeons from performing more than 30 sterilizations a day, said the official, who...
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Scientists Decode Spontaneous HIV Cure

November 5th 2014

Two HIV-infected men appear to have experienced a “spontaneous cure” to HIV, which may hold the secret to combatting the virus. French scientists studied the two men who contracted HIV but never developed AIDS symptoms. They came from a group known as “elite controllers,” the fewer than 1 percent of people who contract HIV...
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Brittany Maynard Commits Suicide [VIDEO]

November 3rd 2014

Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who gained fame over the last few weeks with her public decision to end her life, died Saturday at home in Portland, Oregon. “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she wrote on Facebook. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away...
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Medicare Bought Drugs for Dead People

October 31st 2014

Due to a bizarre rule that allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 31 days after a patient’s death, Medicare has been paying for costly medications even after patients have died. The report from the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general says the policy is against the program’s basic principles, and common sense....
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Canada to start shipping experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

October 18th 2014

Canada’s government announced on Saturday that it will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday. The WHO will consult with its partners, including the health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.
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Jon Stewart: News Ebola Freak Out: Listen to Your Own Experts! [VIDEO]

October 15th 2014

Stewart Rips Networks Freaking Out About Ebola: Listen to Your Own Experts! Jon Stewart went after the media freakouts this week over Ebola in the U.S., suggesting that maybe they start listening to all those experts they keep bringing on. He listened to all the panicked questions and cried, “What is wrong with you...
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Nurses: Hospital Botched Ebola Case

October 15th 2014

Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made scandalous accusations about how the facility treated the first Ebola case in the United States. On Tuesday, several anonymous nurses spoke to reporters in a conference call organized by National Nurses United, which does not represent them. The nurses said Thomas Eric Duncan languished for...
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Man Addicted to Google Glass

October 15th 2014

Scientists say they have treated a man they believe is the first patient with Internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass. The 31-year-old U.S. Navy serviceman had been using the wearable technology that comes with an optical head-mounted display for about 18 hours a day, removing it only to sleep and...
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Dallas Ebola Patient Dies

October 8th 2014

Texas Health Presbyterian announced on Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, has died. “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m,” the hospital said in a statement. “He fought courageously...
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5th U.S. Man With Ebola Returns Home

October 6th 2014

An American photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia is expected to arrive Monday in Nebraska, where he will be treated for the virus. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, will be the second patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit. Mukpo was working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for...
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US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola

September 16th 2014

President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics. According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building...
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