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Ebola now taking toll on doctors and other health care workers

Ebola kills doctorAn Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in Africa is now taking a toll on doctors and health care workers battling the deadly disease.

A government official in Liberia said Sunday that one of that country's highest-profile doctors has died in what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the largest recorded outbreak of the disease.

An American doctor who has been working in Liberia since October 2013 for the North Carolina-based aid organization Samaritan's Purse is receiving intensive medical treatment after he was infected with Ebola, according to a spokeswoman for the organization.

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HIV/AIDS has migrated to Deep South, where stigma endures

HIV in AlabamaDr. Laurie Dill pointed to a large map in the hallway of Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama (MAO). It showed the number of people in each county living with HIV or AIDS in 2010. Where the counties pulsed red is the new, rural heart of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Dill pointed to a belt of deep red that cut across Alabama. “That's the Selma to Montgomery march,” she said. “Plus Tuskegee.”

Today the famous route where Martin Luther King Jr. led a civil rights pilgrimage in 1965 runs through a land in the midst of an HIV epidemic.

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Fed Court: Florida: doctors cannot discuss gun safety with patients

doctors cannot discuss gun safetyA federal appeals court is upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.

A panel of judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Friday overturned a decision from a lower court that found the law unconstitutional.

The appeals court called the law a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct" and that the limits imposed by it were "incidental."

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Nationwide fruit recall issued over bacteria fears

national fruit recallWawona Packing Co. – a major supplier to Trader Joe’s, Walmart and other nationwide retailers – is recalling Sweet 2 Eat brand peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots because of potential listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Listeria monocytogenes can lead to serious and even fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Infections can be particularly harmful for pregnant women.

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ObamaCare subsidies are legal after all, second appeals court rules

ObamacareA federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld ObamaCare's subsidies — the same day another appeals court ruled against them.

In a unanimous ruling, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the health care law permits the federal government to provide subsidies to people who purchase health insurance in every state. Plaintiffs had argued that a poorly-worded section of the law implied the government could only provide subsidies in states that opted to set up their own health care exchange programs, and not in states where the feds run those exchanges. The law specifically states that subsidies can go to people who buy coverage "through an Exchange established by the State," though the 4th Circuit said lawmakers clearly intended the law to be broader than that.

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Appeals court throws out IRS rule on Obamacare subsidies

Health care provision overruledA U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accepted one of the main legal challenges to the policy by conservatives opposed to an expansion of the federal government.

A three-judge panel returned the case to a lower court with instructions to rule in favor of appellants who had sued to overturn the rule.

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HIV infection rate in the US falls by a third in a decade

HIV drops by a third in USThe rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States has fallen by a third over the past decade, researchers say.

After examining cases from all 50 states, the study found that the diagnosis rate fell to 16.1 per 100,000 people in 2011 from 24.1 in 2002.  Experts celebrated the findings as a hopeful sign that the Aids epidemic may be slowing in the country.

However, there was a rise in new cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men aged under 24 and over 45.

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