• Music festival raises $11,000 for cancer center

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials at Montpelier's National Life Group say the inaugural Do Good Festival held on the grounds of the company's headquarters raised almost $11,000 for a cancer treatment center at the area hospital. The money raised by the festival will benefit Branches of Hope, the Cancer Patient Fund at Central Vermont Medical Center's National Life Cancer Treatment Center. About 1,500 people attended the Saturday event in Montpelier. Branches of Hope helps with the basic living expenses and emergency and special needs of people receiving cancer care.

  • West Valley Hospital opens new trauma center

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A new top-level trauma center has opened to serve the western part of the Phoenix area and western Arizona as far as the California line. West Valley Hospital in Goodyear opened its Level 1 trauma center on Monday to provide 24-hour emergency care. According to the hospital, opening the trauma center follows a $26 million expansion project and the addition of 50 surgical specialists. Officials say the hospital and EMS providers conducted 17 days of drills to prepare for the opening. West Valley Hospital is part of the Abrazo Health network.

  • China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat in its chicken nuggets. Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai company Husi Food Co. A day after Husi's food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Tuesday that inspectors also will look at its facilities and meat sources in five provinces in central, eastern and southern China.

  • CDC director to be at Kentucky events

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is holding four events in eastern Kentucky to discuss the region's high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Dr. Thomas Frieden will be at a 6:30 p.m. EDT reception and 7 p.m. dinner Aug. 4 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset; a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 appearance at Hazard Community and Technical College-First Federal Center; a 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 appearance at the Ramada Paintsville Hotel and Conference Center; and a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 event at the Morehead Convention Center. The events are free, but registration is recommended to reserve meal service. To make a reservation, contact Cheryl Keato

  • Ark. university awarded $1.5M for cancer research

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors. The goal of the five-year grant is to help clinicians attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer. David Zaharoff, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and the principal investigator for the project, says metastasis — not a patient's primary tumor — kills about 90 percent of cancer patients.

  • NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report released Tuesday looks at data from 1990 that show the major trends in child well-being, and recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012. New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. The number of children who didn't graduate from high school in four years decreased from 33 percent in 1990 to 22 percent in 2012. The number of teen births decreased, and the number of children in high-poverty areas remained stable at 17 percent. The number of children in single parent fam

  • VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the veterans' bill is decidedly rockier. The Senate approved a bill last month authorizing $35 billion through 2016 to build new clinics, hire doctors and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to get outside care. The House passed a similar bill. Since then, however, lawmakers have balked at the price tag.

  • Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new results provide the first hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting the immune system to the disease. More than 100 researchers from around the world collaborated in the biggest-ever genomic mapping of schizophrenia, for which scientists had previously uncovered only about a couple of dozen risk-related genes. The study included the genetic codes of more than 150,000 people — nearly 37,000 of them diagnosed with the disease.

  • Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas kids live in poverty

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new study says that nearly three out of 10 Arkansas kids are living in poverty but the number of children without health insurance has dropped. The 25th annual Kids Count report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is being released Tuesday. It ranked Arkansas 41st in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The report says 29 percent of children in Arkansas were living in poverty in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2005. Six percent of children lacked health insurance in 2012, down from 9 percent in 2005. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families executive director Rich Huddleston says that the poverty increase is troubles

  • State officials: 75K in Hawaii have no health care

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — The rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of the federal health care law, state officials said Monday. Officials said at a joint House committee briefing that roughly 75,000 people in Hawaii don't have health insurance, down from well over 100,000 last year. The rate is down from about 8 percent before the push to enroll people last year, Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito said. The new numbers come as lawmakers discuss Hawaii's troubled health insurance exchange, which can't sustain itself financially. The state is still figuring out how to operate on a much smaller budget, said Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of the Hawaii

  • Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests. Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system. The researchers compared behavior in almost 1,000 kids in 10th through 12th grade who were admitted to the high-performing schools and in those who went elsewhere.

  • Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza's Hamas rulers signaled they won't agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel's prime minister said he'll do whatever is necessary to keep Israelis safe from Hamas attacks and the overall Palestinian death toll surpassed 560. Across Gaza, Israeli fighter planes hit homes and a high-rise tower, burying families in the rubble. The strike on the Gaza City tower brought down most of the building, killing 11 people — including six members of the same family — and wounding 40, said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra.

  • Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges, saying the senator had no grounds to sue. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, filed the lawsuit in January after the Office of Personnel Management decided months earlier that lawmakers and their staffs should continue to receive health care benefits covering about 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers. Johnson said the decision would make him decide which staff members must buy insurance through an exchange, potentially creating con

  • 4th Greenville patient with rare infection dies

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A fourth patient at Greenville Memorial Hospital is dead from a rare infection that may have been spread by health workers using tap water before surgery. Greenville Health System medical quality director Dr. Robert Mobley Jr. said Monday the fourth patient died last week and all suffered complex medical conditions. He says just how the patients were infected by the tap water remains a mystery. Officials said June 20 that 14 patients tested positive for atypical Mycobacterium abscessus. Most of them had cardiac surgery, while two had abdominal surgery and one a neurological operation. The first patient recognized with the infection tested positive in March.

  • Judge: FDA can't use tobacco panel menthol report

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration can't use an advisory panel's 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled Monday. While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling could hinder the FDA's ability to defend any future regulation of the minty smokes. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ordered the FDA on Monday to reconstitute the tobacco panel and barred the agency from using its older report on menthol cigarettes. Cigarette makers Lorillard Inc. and Reynolds American Inc.

  • Official: State can send inmates to medical site

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended to help end years of federal court oversight, an overseer said Monday. J. Clark Kelso, a court-appointed official who controls prison medical care, said he was pleased that most problems have been corrected at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton and his office will keep monitoring the facility to make sure progress continues. The facility opened in July 2013 with Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard saying the state's investment should prove to federal judges that California is serious about improving its car

  • Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday. Sgt. Lucas Wendeborn of Valdez is being treated for puncture wounds and lacerations after the mauling Sunday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The female brown bear was defending her two young cubs, base officials said. Wendeborn's injuries are not life-threatening, National Guard spokeswoman Maj. Candis Olmstead said. Wendeborn, 26, was not armed and had no ammunition. But he was well-shielded by the helmet, load-bearing equipment and a reflective safety vest with ammunition patches.

  • Agency: No plans to use Fort Knox as shelter

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal agency said Monday it has no plans to use Fort Knox as a temporary shelter for migrant children, offering assurances after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul signaled that the Army post has been considered as a possible site to house some of the young immigrants pouring across the U.S. border with Mexico. Paul told a business summit Monday that "it looks like" some of the unaccompanied migrants might end up at Fort Knox temporarily. Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have entered the U.S. illegally — more than double compared to the same period a year earlier. Most have been from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

  • Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. The punitive damages — $23,623,718,906.62, to be precise — almost certainly will be significantly reduced on appeal, if not thrown out entirely, legal experts and industry analysts said. In another major tobacco trial, a $28 billion verdict in a 2002 case in Los Angeles turned into $28 million after appeals. The figure is a pointed, dramatic gesture, said Cynthia Robinson, whose husband took up smoking at 13 and died of lung cancer at 36. "It's over. R.J. Reynolds got knocked in the head.

  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor next year, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, said Monday that Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He said Jindal's use of piecemeal financing, his draining of reserve funds and his refusal to take certain federal dollars will leave his successor with a troubled budget situation. Edwards cited as an example this year's budget, which contains nearly $1 billion in loan repayments, trust fund money and pharmaceutical settlements that are one-time financing sources that won't be available nex