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Thyroid, Kidney Cancers up in Kids but Still Rare

Posted: 09/08/2014 - Federal researchers say childhood kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years. And although the diseases are rare, researchers are wondering if the rising rates could be related to obesity.

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Obama Warns Ebola Outbreak Could Worsen

Posted: 09/07/2014 - President Barack Obama says helping contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a U.S. national security priority but it's going to be a long and difficult task.

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Wife, Son of Ebola Patient Visit Nebraska Center

Posted: 09/07/2014 - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has visited with two of his family members at the Nebraska hospital where he's receiving treatment.

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Special Exchange Enrollment Period Announced

Posted: 09/04/2014 - An estimated 38,000 adults who had been receiving Medicaid coverage through Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus program before being kicked off earlier this year will have more time to sign up under the federal health insurance exchange.

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FDA OKs Merck Drug, 1st in New Cancer Drug Class

Posted: 09/04/2014 - U.S. regulators have approved the first drug in a new class of cancer medicines that work by stimulating the immune system, a Merck drug developed for treating deadly skin cancer.

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CVS Changes Name, Stops Tobacco Sales Early

Posted: 09/03/2014 - As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

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Bank Loans Used To Collect Unpaid Medical Bills

Posted: 08/31/2014 - A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.

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CEO Named for HealthCare.gov

Posted: 08/26/2014 - The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.

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New Call for Regulations on E-cigarettes

Posted: 08/25/2014 - Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people, a new American Heart Association policy statement says.

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Obama Offers new Accommodations on Birth Control

Posted: 08/22/2014 - The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

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Study: Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio Immunity

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already gotten the drops boosted their immunity.

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EPA Head: Green Bay Waters Could Be Ripe for Algae

Posted: 08/10/2014 - The head of the regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office says conditions in the waters of Green Bay could be ripe for the same kind of algae that caused the water in Ohio to be undrinkable for a few days.

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"Gluten-free" Labels Now Mean What They Say

Posted: 08/08/2014 - Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

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Medicare Hospital Fund to Last 4 Years Longer

Posted: 07/28/2014 - The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 -- four years later than last year's estimate.

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Local Family Shares Story of Elder Abuse

Updated: 07/24/2014 - In Marathon, Lincoln and Langlade counties alone more than 45 to 50 cases of elder abuse and neglect are reported every month. In a story that first aired Wednesday on NewsChannel 7 at 10, we told you what local law enforcement is doing to crack down on elder abuse. Since then, many viewers have come forward to share their personal stories.

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Government Drafting Birth Control Accommodation

Posted: 07/23/2014 - The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

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