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Factchecking McCain on Ebola in United States

Sen. John McCain claimed on a Sunday talk show that “we were told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States.” Not exactly.... Read more»1

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

Hazmat suit stocks soar on Ebola fears

It’s a great time to be a hazmat suit maker. The stock price of Lakeland Industries has soared more than 170 percent this month on growing fears the deadly Ebola virus could spread overseas.... Read more»

Arizona foster-care cases rose over decade, as national numbers fell

Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data. Advocates said the numbers are more evidence of a state foster care system in crisis, one that has been “overworked and overwhelmed” as budgets have been cut.... Read more»

VA calls for firing of four officials; Phoenix director not on the list

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended the removal of four senior officials around the country, but missing from that list is the director of the troubled operation in Phoenix. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said in an email Friday she was “appalled that Sharon Helman (the director of VA health care facilities in Phoenix) continues to receive a paycheck.”

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'Protocol breach' led to U.S. health care worker being first domestic Ebola case

The top federal public health official said Sunday that a “breach of protocol” led a Dallas hospital worker to become infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday afternoon that the worker tested positive for the virus, marking the first time that Ebola was transmitted from one person to another in the United States.... Read more»

A quarter of Latinos are uninsured

A year after open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began, one in four Latinos does not have health insurance, more than any other ethnic population in the country. And most states are doing little to help those in the coverage gap.... Read more»

Feds unveil streamlined Obamacare website

Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on mobile devices, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.... Read more»

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities.... Read more»

Dallas Ebola patient dies, hospital says

A week after the first Ebola case in the U.S. was confirmed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday morning, hospital officials said.... Read more»

Mesa firm connects service dogs with those needing assistance

Cole Ludwig’s closest friend is Bandit, a German shepherd who fetches tennis balls the 8-year-old pushes off his wheelchair and playfully takes off his owner’s socks when Cole’s mother isn’t looking – and even when she is. When Bandit barks, as he is trained to do, Cole’s parents know they need to get to their son quickly. Suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Cole has silent seizures up to 10 times a week that can cause him to stop breathing.... Read more»

Commentary

Taking insurance companies out of health care

There are many Americans who are beginning to question the contributions big insurance companies make to our health care system. And I’m not just talking about lefty advocates of a single-payer system. Corporate executives are also wondering why we need the big insurers and whether higher-quality and more cost-effective care could be provided to employees if they didn’t have to deal with health insurers at all.... Read more»

Obamacare: Q&A about taxes and insurance subsidies

Questions from readers about health insurance premium tax credits and what the penalty is for not having insurance.... Read more»

DEA: Vicodin, some other pain meds will be harder to get

The DEA is reclassifying “hydrocodone combination products” under the Controlled Substances Act, which will more tightly restrict access. The regulation, which took effect Oct.6, is a response to the widespread misuse of prescription pain killers.... Read more»

Scientists aim to build communication with parents about vaccines

A group of scientists at ASU are working to improve their communication skills to find common ground among parents who feel their concerns about vaccinating their children aren’t being heard by the health care providers.... Read more»

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