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Flu Shot Only 36 Percent Effective, Making Bad Year Worse

Flu Shot Only 36 Percent Effective, Making Bad Year Worse

By Mike Stobbe | Feb 15
The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.

Surprise! Big Medical Bill Even With Coverage

Surprise! Big Medical Bill Even With Coverage

By Tom Murphy | Feb 15
This winter's nasty flu season may smack patients with a financial side effect: surprise medical bills.

Gov't Says Health Costs Growing Faster Than Economy

Gov't Says Health Costs Growing Faster Than Economy

Feb 15
U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy in the foreseeable future, squeezing public insurance programs and employers who provide coverage, the government said Wednesday.

Panel Moves to Strike Anti-Gay Phrase in Alabama Sex Ed Law

Panel Moves to Strike Anti-Gay Phrase in Alabama Sex Ed Law

Feb 14
Alabama lawmakers are moving to strike anti-gay language from the state's sex education law.

Opioid Makers Gave $10M to Advocacy Groups Amid Epidemic

Opioid Makers Gave $10M to Advocacy Groups Amid Epidemic

Feb 13
Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator.

Oregon Woman Has 14 Worms Pulled From Eye

Oregon Woman Has 14 Worms Pulled From Eye

Feb 13
An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.

Watch: Why We Need a New Flu Vaccine Every Year

Watch: Why We Need a New Flu Vaccine Every Year

Feb 12
Flu viruses are quick-change artists, making it hard for our bodies to recognize and fend off the virus.

6 Steps Not to Get Sick at the Gym

6 Steps Not to Get Sick at the Gym

Feb 11
We all want to stay in shape this winter, but with that nasty flu making its way around, it's more important than ever to take precautions when at the gym, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

On Drug Costs, Modest Steps Follow Trump's Big Promises

On Drug Costs, Modest Steps Follow Trump's Big Promises

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Matthew Perrone | Feb 11
President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates.

Flu Season Still Getting Worse; Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu

Flu Season Still Getting Worse; Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu

By Mike Stobbe | Feb 10
The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.

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