• Purdue researcher studies blueberries, bone health

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University researcher has won a federal grant to study the connection between blueberries and bone health in post-menopausal women. The university announced Monday that Connie Weaver will receive $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct five years of research. Weaver is the school's head of nutrition science. Previous studies have found that nutrients found in blueberries can help reduce bone loss that occurs naturally over time. Weaver said blueberries could pose an alternative to osteoporosis drugs, but also said that most studies on blueberry nutrients are fairly new.

  • Warning issued about pharmacy's medications

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health is asking anyone who received some injectable medications from a Cleveland, Tennessee, pharmacy to not use the product and turn it in to the Health Department. The department says the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy found issues that could affect safety and effectiveness of some materials produced by the pharmacy, Wellness Store Compounding Pharmacy. Neither the Health Department nor the Pharmacy Board is aware of any patients being harmed, and the department says the medications were small in number and distribution was only to a limited area. Still the department said it wants to be cautious and asks anyone who received such medications to seek attention if any sympto

  • State files complaint over Medicaid system

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has filed an administrative complaint alleging unfair or deceptive practices by the vendor it hired to implement a new Medicaid payment system. The claim against Xerox State Healthcare LLC was filed with Alaska's commissioner of Administration following failed mediation. It seeks compensatory, punitive and other damages and an order requiring a plan from Xerox by Oct. 15 to resolve problems with the system. Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer says the system is working and where there are concerns, Xerox has been "working diligently with the state to address them." The system has been plagued by problems since going live last year.

  • TB tests for babies when hospital worker diagnosed

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Health officials in West Texas have begun testing some babies for tuberculosis after the revelation that more than 700 infants at an El Paso hospital were exposed to a worker found to have the disease. The children may have been exposed at a nursery in the Providence Memorial Hospital of El Paso between September 2013 and last month, when a health care worker tested positive for TB. Local health authorities declined to say Monday how many children have come in for testing. Armando Saldivar, spokesman for the El Paso Department of Public Health, said officials used guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine how far back to test people who could have been exposed to the d

  • Idaho exchange board approves 261 coverage plans

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's online marketplace will offer 261 different coverage plans to individuals and small businesses wanting health insurance. The state's health exchange board members approved five companies Monday to offer the plans, which will open for enrollment Nov. 15. Those companies are Blue Cross of Idaho, BridgeSpan, PacificSource, SelectHealth and Mountain Health Co-Op. The board did not set any prices for the plans but in 2013, the average estimated policy was $240 monthly. Idaho's exchange offers five levels of coverage. Higher deductibles come with cheaper plans, along with lowered percentages of covered costs and fewer services. Unlike small businesses, individuals have the option to purchase low-

  • NC health officials confirm enterovirus in 6

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Testing by federal health officials confirms six cases of a respiratory virus in children in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68 in the state A department statement says the specimens that tested positive came from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses. Tests were conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on specimens submitted from hospitals statewide. DHHS isn't saying where the children live or where they are being treated in order to protect patient confidentiality. According to DHHS officials, the CDC has reported enterovirus in 27 states.

  • Albertville man pleads guilty in death of baby

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Albertville man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's 11-month-old baby. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1Du7cIz ) 19-year-old Immanuel Gage Allen entered the plea Monday, the day his trial was to begin. He faced charges of capital murder and aggravated child abuse. Marshall County District Attorney Steven Marshall says Allen will be sentenced in mid-October. Police say Allen shook the baby violently while caring for her in January 2012. Police say Gemma Lashae Moore died of blunt force trauma and had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Marshall says Allen admitted shaking the baby, but he said she died after falling off the bed.

  • Judge OKs ending 30-year-old mental health suit

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County judge on Monday signed off on an agreement that increases housing, employment and other services for the seriously mentally ill. Judge Edward Bassett's action came as he dismissed a lawsuit filed more than 30 years ago challenging the state's funding of mental health services. The terms of the agreement reached in January between Gov. Jan Brewer and lawyers for the mentally ill will apply statewide. No money will be spent beyond an extra $39 million a year pumped into the system more than two years ago as part of an interim agreement ending the lawsuit. The expansion of Medicaid in Arizona that began Jan. 1 will pay for some of the additional costs.

  • Officials report 1st case of rare children's virus

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Health officials are reporting the first confirmed case in North Dakota of a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that affects children. Officials say the case of enterovirus 68 has been identified in a girl from Stutsman County. The germ is an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through autumn. Jill Baber is a state epidemiologist. She says the girl is no longer hospitalized and recovered at home. The virus can cause mild cold-like symptoms including runny noses, coughing and wheezing. Health officials say this strain is particularly harsh and children with asthma and other health problems are particularly at risk. <

  • Nebraska doctors ID experimental Ebola drug used

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska doctors treating an American aid worker battling Ebola have identified the experimental drug they used. Dr. Phil Smith of the Nebraska Medical Center says Dr. Rick Sacra received a Tekmira Pharmaceuticals drug called TKM-Ebola for a week after he arrived in Omaha on Sept. 5. Sacra continues to improve, and doctors said Monday that he may be well enough to leave the hospital's isolation unit soon. But Dr. Angela Hewlett said it's not clear what role the experimental drug played in Sacra's recovery because he also received a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor and other treatments. The 51-year-old Rick Sacra from Worcester, Massachusetts, contracted Ebola while working at a hos

  • Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic. Sierra Leone was expected to announce a sharp increase in Ebola patients Tuesday following a nationwide effort to identify new cases, while Liberia opened its largest treatment center yet. Both countries have poor health systems, weakened by the loss to Ebola of many of doctors and nurses. The World Health Organization estimated last week that they have only about 20 percent of the beds they need to treat Ebola patients.

  • Libya rival backers reject outside interference

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United Nations, the European Union and 13 countries, including those suspected of supporting rival sides in Libya, signed an agreement Monday that calls for an end to any "outside interference" in the country that is plagued by violence and torn between two governments and parliaments. Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which may have launched airstrikes against Islamic militias over the past month, along with Turkey and Qatar, which some believe have backed the militias, all signed off on a joint communique that calls for a political solution to the ongoing violence. The communique was released following a meeting of the foreign ministers of the 13 countries and top E.U. and U.N. diplomats that was hosted by

  • NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — An independent federal agency is casting a wide net as it investigates the cause of a bus crash that killed two passengers and injured dozens more when it toppled over on a Delaware highway. The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday that it was opening an investigation into the Sunday wreck, which involved no other vehicles. State police said drugs and alcohol did not play a role. Forty-nine passengers were on the bus as it drove onto a curved exit ramp and overturned in New Castle in northern Delaware, according to state police. The bus slid on its roof down a grass embankment and came to rest on its left side, police said.

  • Moral Mondays movement spreads to Alabama

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Moral Mondays movement has spread to Alabama, focusing on a Republican governor and Legislature just as the founders of the protests have done in North Carolina. William Barber II, a North Carolina minister who started the movement, told a crowd on the state Capitol steps Monday that the Republican Party has been hijacked by the tea party, and some of the Republicans in control in Alabama and North Carolina are nothing like Republican Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower. "Don't call them Republicans. That's an insult to real Republicans. Call them extremists," he said.

  • Kansas running animal disease response exercise

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — State and local officials in four Kansas counties are conducting an exercise to practice the state's plan to respond to a foreign animal disease. The state Department of Agriculture says the drill began Monday and continues through Wednesday. Emergency response teams from Clay, Lyon, Riley and Pottawatomie counties are taking part. Agriculture officials said the exercise is based on a hypothetical case of foot-and-mouth disease, which was last identified in the U.S. in 1929. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, swine and other cloven-hooved animals.

  • Illinois medical marijuana applications due Monday

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people who want to break into the medical marijuana business in Illinois lined up Monday to file their applications ahead of a 3 p.m. deadline. Applicants were waiting in line with boxes of documents before the state agencies opened Monday morning, said Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the state's medical cannabis program. "A lot of applicants waited until today to file," Arnold said Monday. "The applications are voluminous with boxes of documents and even more information on flash drives." The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture took applications for dispensaries and cultivation centers. The agencies aren't expected to announce how many appli

  • 2 West Nile deaths in Lee and Coahoma counties

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health officials are reporting two new deaths from the West Nile virus in Mississippi, bringing this year's total to five. The deaths occurred in Lee and Coahoma counties. Other deaths have been reported earlier in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties. Reported were 12 new West Nile virus cases, bringing Mississippi's total this year to 37. The state also reports a human case of St. Louis Encephalitis in Coahoma County. Hinds County has reported nine West Nile cases so far this year. Forrest County has six, Rankin County has four and Adams County has three. Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Clarke, Covington, Harrison, Jones, Lauderdale, Lee, Madison, Monroe, Newton, Yazoo, Washington a

  • SPIN METER: Those changing health law numbers

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it health care law numerology. The Obama administration has had to revise and refine some initial enrollment numbers for health insurance sign-ups after they turned out to be too optimistic. At other times, metrics less favorable to the president's overhaul leaked out after officials claimed not to have such data. Parsing the numbers is a new pursuit for administration officials from President Barack Obama on down, to lawmakers of both parties and a gaggle of outside analysts. The latest data tweak — an administration announcement that 7.3 million paying customers signed up for subsidized private insurance as of mid-August — set off more speculation. Some said it may prove overly rosy.

  • Lawyer: Exonerated NYC man dies from asthma attack

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend, his attorney said Monday. William Lopez passed away on Saturday due to complications from an asthma attack, attorney Dennis Kelly said. The death came days before Lopez's $124 million federal civil lawsuit against the city for false imprisonment was set to begin. Kelly said a pre-motion conference that had been set for Monday was adjourned to Oct. 17. "The case can't go forward until we can get someone appointed as a representative to the estate, and that will probably be his wife Alice," he said.

  • West Nile Virus found in 3 Utah horses

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state officials say three horses have come down with the West Nile Virus. The state Department of Agriculture and Food says horses have tested positive for the virus in Box Elder, Uintah and Iron counties. Officials are urging owners to give their horses the vaccination for the virus if they haven't already. Officials say the most common sign that a horse has the virus is weakness in its hindquarters that can cause the horse to stumble, lean to one side or drag a toe. Officials say the virus is not transmissible from horses to people. So far this year, West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquito pools in Utah, Box Elder and Uintah Counties with one person getting the virus.