• Carbon monoxide sends 8 people to hospital; 2 critical

    Updated: 13 min ago

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Pennsylvania say a carbon monoxide leak sent eight people to the hospital, two of them in critical condition. Emergency crews in Montgomery County were dispatched to a Norristown row house just after 11 p.m. Saturday. Officials said elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found in five homes, and the source was a generator running in the basement of one of the homes. Norristown fire chief Thomas O'Donnell said power to the home had been shut off by the utility company on May 21 for nonpayment. He said the resident then bought a generator and was using that to power the home. Fortunately, officials said, another resident had a working carbon monoxide detector tha

  • Oklahoma legislative session is called success, despite big funding shortfall

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Despite a revenue shortfall that threatened to derail key state priorities, lawmakers managed to pass legislation in the just-concluded session that will help reduce prison overcrowding and make Oklahoma a healthier place. That was the assessment of Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday as she harkened back to marching orders she gave lawmakers in her state-of-the-state speech four months ago. “There are things that hold us back: educational attainment, our incarceration rate and the health of our state,” she said. “I’m very proud this legislative session that the Legislature heeded those words and did some great work.” She signed a bill to ban texting while driving and another to improve the state’s prescription drug

  • Concert planned to help victims of Ohio botulism outbreak

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Community members plan to hold a concert to raise money for those sickened in a botulism outbreak at an Ohio church potluck. Health officials say home-canned potatoes used in a potato salad were the likely source of the outbreak that killed a 55-year-old woman and sickened at least 20 others. The salad was served at an April 19 potluck at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, which is southeast of Columbus. Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen and the church's pastor, Bill Pitts, were scheduled to speak at the Sunday evening concert in Lancaster. Pitts said last week that seven people remained hospitalized, and others need help while recovering at home.

  • North Florida man guilty in murder of pill dealer

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A jury has found a north Florida man guilty of killing a prescription pill dealer in Ocala. The panel found 35-year-old Isaac Sheffield guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal beating and stabbing of 74-year-old Stanley Yassen. The Ocala Star-Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1elfTfU ) that Yassen at the time was caring for his mentally disabled son in his Ocklawaha home. Prosecutors say he also sold prescription pills and was known to keep cash. They argued that Sheffield's pill addiction led to the fatal attack. Sheffield's defense attorney argued that Sheffield was defending himself from Yassen, who had attacked Sheffield twice previously. Sheffield's sentencing is scheduled June 29.

  • Oklahoma medical news in brief

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Oklahoma medical news briefs for Sunday, May 24, 2015.

  • Alzheimer's steals memories but not couple's love

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The Gardners are among the thousands of Oklahoma families watching a loved one gradually disappear. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Congress' familiar path: short-term solutions

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Long is the list of problems Congress has addressed with short-term answers. When senators left town early Saturday after approving a brief extension of the nation's highway and transit aid, they were following a well-worn path. If a program is about to expire and the two sides are stymied over what to do, Congress often keeps the program alive temporarily and revisits the problem later. The two-month rescue of the highway trust fund is Congress' 33rd short-term patch of that program since 2008, the Transportation Department says. Lawmakers have approved another 101 measures temporarily keeping federal agencies open since it last completed all its spending bills on time in 1997, according to the nonpartisa

  • At least 4 injured at amphitheater campground in Washington

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    GEORGE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County sheriff's office has identified the man who drove his car into the Gorge Amphitheater campground, injuring three people and himself. Tanner A. Drayton-Williams of Woodland Hills, Calif. was arrested and is facing four counts of second degree assault. Authorities say he hit pedestrians, tents and parked vehicles at the campground on Saturday. Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said the 19-year-old Drayton-Williams was under the influence of drugs. The injured, including the driver, were taken to Quincy Valley Hospital. The driver and two others were treated and then released. One person was transferred to another hospital for treatment of multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

  • Defending 100-meter champion Magnusssen out of swim worlds

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery. Swimming Australia said in a statement Sunday that doctors discovered significant damage to Magnussen's sub-scapular region in his left shoulder which has caused it to lose 70 percent of its strength. It is likely that Magnussen, the 2012 London Olympic silver medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, will undergo the operation in Melbourne in the first week of June. He was expected to begin recovery and rehabilitation soon after to prepare him for the Rio Olympics in August 2016.

  • Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds. While Dayton signed a state government finance bill, he vetoed an agriculture-and-environment budget bill that contained his top environmental initiative, a requirement that farmers plant buffer strips to keep agricultural chemicals out of drainage ditches, streams and other waters. It also included money to combat the bird flu crisis.

  • Delaware Park Results Saturday May 23rd, 2015

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    1st-$10,000, Claiming, 4-Year-Olds & Up , Five Furlongs, Dirt, Clear Off 1:16. Good. vied 2 wide, driving Fractional/Final Time: 22.350, 45.710, 00.000, 00.000, 00.000, 57.620. Trainer: Jamie Ness Winner: CH G, 5, by Henny Hughes-Julie's Prospect ___ ___ $1 Exacta (5-3) paid $36.70; $1 Superfecta (5-3-7-1) paid $296.90; $1 Trifecta (5-3-7) paid $113.20; (c) 2015 Equibase Company LLC, all rights reserved. 2nd-$12,000, Claiming, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile and Seventy Yards, Dirt, Clear Off 1:46. Good. vied 2 wide, driving Fractional/Final Time: 24.700, 49.550, 1:14.090, 1:39.150, 00.000, 1:43.140. Trainer: John Rigattieri Winner: CH G, 5, by Brother Derek-Thun

  • Lawmakers review tax breaks for wheelchairs, hearing aids

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would take away the sales tax paid on motorized wheelchairs and hearing aids. Assembly members reviewed SB334 on Saturday in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. The measure would create a 2016 ballot question asking voters to exempt the sales tax applied to durable medical equipment like canes, scooters and crutches sold by a licensed health care provider. It would also carve out exemptions for hearing aids and ocular devices like prescription glasses from the sales tax. The state's taxation department estimated that the measure could cost the state millions of dollars of lost tax revenue a year. The measure would take effect in 2017 if a

  • Jeni's scoop shops reopen after listeria-related shutdown

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has reopened most of its scoop shops after a monthlong shutdown triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1FvfxMI ) more than 75 people lined up for the reopening of a Jeni's scoop shop Friday in Columbus' Short North neighborhood. Jeni's recalled 535,000 pounds of ice cream and yogurt on April 23 after listeria was confirmed in some pints and later in its factory. The company shut down its production kitchen and all of its 21 scoop shops for 29 days. A government investigation of Jeni's released this week found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant.

  • Analysis: Arkansas session tests governor for future fights

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson appears unlikely to face any insurmountable obstacles in his push for incentives to lure a defense project to the state, or any of the other major items on his agenda when lawmakers convene this week. But the special session could offer the Republican governor a practice round for a much tougher fight later this year over the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion. Unlike the first "super-project" economic development bonds issued two years ago, the $87 million bond package aimed at helping Lockheed Martin win a defense contract isn't stirring any opposition from lobbyists and little public grumbling from any lawmakers.

  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. "We are thanking God for leaving Burundi. Now we are in Tanzania we are safe," the women sing in Kirundi, Burundi's official language, after they boarded the ferry. They are among a group of about 600 Burundi refugees evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency Saturday from a makeshift refugee camp at the fishing village of Kagunga, Tanzania. The small town has hosted thousands of refugees crossing over from Burundi and now has been hit by a cholera outbreak.

  • Third case of avian flu confirmed in northeast Nebraska

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PONCA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced a third case of avian flu in northeast Nebraska's Dixon County. The department said in a news release Friday that testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of the highly contagious bird flu on a farm with 500,000 young hens. The state department says the farm is less than a mile away from one where the state's first case of bird flu was discovered and is owned by the same company. The department says the flock will be destroyed, bringing the total number of chickens in the state lost due to the flu to 4 million. Nationwide, the virus that has led to 40 million dead birds

  • Identifying whether a patient is conscious and will recover is often difficult, expert says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Dr. Joseph Fins, a medical ethics professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, recently spoke at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City about patients who suffer brain injuries. Fins said patients with brain injuries are sometimes assessed as unconscious when they actually are in a minimally conscious state.

  • Provo police chief calls for expanded Medicaid to help crime

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police chief is calling on state lawmakers to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid as a way to fight crime. Provo Police Chief John King says that if more people had health insurance, they could get treatment for addiction or mental illnesses, things that can factor into crime or make crime more likely to turn violent. He adds that helping those with a low quality of life can reduce the risk of criminal behavior. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health reports that 120,724 Utah residents are living with substance-abuse disorders without receiving the needed services. The Daily Herald (http://bit.

  • Groups that spent the most lobbying lawmakers on health care

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Organizations that spent the most on lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers about health care issues last year: ___ The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: $1,055,620 The Massachusetts Hospital Association: $882,470 Steward Health Care: $674,451 Partners HealthCare System: $644,715 The Massachusetts Nurses Association: $576,437 Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization: $559,821 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: $559,401 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care: $495,957 Children's Hospital Boston: $372,050 The Massachusetts Medical Society: $371,921 ___ Source: Massachusetts secretary of the commonwealth's office

  • State health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry's political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review of lobbying reports filed with the state secretary's office. During those years the industry has had to adapt to the state's landmark 2006 health care law and the rollout of the federal law it inspired, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.