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Treasury Secretary, and Managing Trustee, Jacob J. Lew, joined by members of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, speaks  at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, during a news conference to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Despite good news, benefit programs face problemsTrustees: Social Security, Medicare face long-term financial problems despite good news
The Associated Press3 hours ago
This undated handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the Hepatitis-C medication Sovaldi. The $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis-C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)
$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choiceDespite outcry over cost, breakthrough drug becomes treatment of choice for hepatitis C
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A sign at Southside Church of Christ offers support for Dr. Kent Brantly who is being treated for Ebola in Liberia, on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. The doctor has been treating Ebola patients for the Samaritan's Purse organization. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ben Noey Jr.)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT
New fears about Ebola spread after plane scareSick man with Ebola who boarded plane shows weaknesses in stopping deadly disease's spread
The Associated Press8 hours ago
This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in USCDC: Little risk to US seen from Ebola outbreak in Africa; 2 American aid workers infected
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, shakes hands with House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, during a news conference as they outlined their agreement on a compromise plan to fix  the vast health care system responsible for treating the nation's veterans. A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17BAs deadline looms, lawmakers reach $17B deal on VA health care
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Treasury Secretary, and Managing Trustee, Jacob J. Lew, joined by members of the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, speaks  at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, during a news conference to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Medicare's own health looking better, report saysGood health report for Medicare: It should be OK until 2030; Social Security safe until 2034
The Associated Press13 hours ago
In this photo taken on Sunday, July 27, 2014,  a boy, center,  selling soft drinks walk past a  clinic taking care of Ebola patients in the Kenema District on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone.  Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak. The announcement late Sunday came a day after Sirleaf formed a new taskforce charged with containing the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region.(AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)
5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has raised fears of global spread
The Associated Press17 hours ago
In this undated photo provided by Prifysgol Aberystwyth University researchers David Whitworth, left, and Sara Mela, pose for photo in the lab at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales. According to results published online Monday, July 28, 2014, in the American Journal of Infection Control the researchers found that the knocking of knuckles, fist bump, spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does. (AP Photo/Prifysgol Aberystwyth University)
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study saysRock beats paper: Study says fist bumps spread fewer bacteria than handshakes or high-fives
The Associated Press17 hours ago
CORRECTS TO SAY POLICY WAS PUBLISHED ONLINE, MONDAY, JULY 28 NOT JULY 21 - This photo shows a full-page ad by MedImmune that was published Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the New York Times. MedImmune, a division of AstraZeneca, ran full-page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers in recent weeks protesting pediatricians’ new recommended limits on Synagis, a drug for preventing serious lung problems in premature infants caused by a common but usually mild virus. A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics says the costly drug has limited benefits and recommends scaling back its use. The policy was published online Monday, July 21, 2014, in Pediatrics. (AP Photo)
Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new adviceVirus drugmaker fights back against pediatricians group's limits on medicine use for preemies
The Associated Press20 hours ago
In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in LiberiaWest Africa outbreak: 2nd American aid worker at a Liberia hospital infected with Ebola virus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Men read newspapers on a street with headlines about Ebola Virus killing a Liberian in Lagos, Nigeria. Saturday, July 26, 2014. An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infectedEbola kills top Liberian doctor ; 2 Americans, a doctor and a missionary, are infected
The Associated Press1 day ago
FILE - In this July 24, 2014, file photo, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., holds up two pages of resource requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sanders scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)
APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reformAPNewsBreak: Lawmakers reach tentative deal on plan to improve health care for veterans
The Associated Press1 day ago
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