- Community Health reaches $20 million overbilling settlement Updated: Jun-30-15 7:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - One of Indiana's largest health and hospital networks reached a $20.3 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare programs for surgeries, the U.S. attorney announced Tuesday.
- What's next for California's contentious vaccine law Updated: Jun-30-15 7:27 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.
- Senate advances bill publishing school's vaccination rates Updated: Jun-30-15 6:01 pm
SALEM, Oregon - In an effort to tackle the high number of students using nonmedical waivers to opt out of vaccinations, Oregon Senators approved a measure Tuesday requiring all schools to publish their immunization rates and to break out the rates by disease.
- New laws taking effect Wednesday impact drivers, smokers Updated: Jun-30-15 5:59 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana drivers only have to renew their licenses every six years beginning Wednesday, but they'll have to pay more when they buy a car or seek a copy of their driving record.
- FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products Updated: Jun-30-15 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.
- Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared Updated: Jun-30-15 3:57 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.
- Restaurant sued during salmonella outbreak investigation Updated: Jun-30-15 7:44 am
LEXINGTON, North Carolina - A Lexington restaurant is facing more lawsuits during an investigation of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak at the business.
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- 5th man arrested on charge tied to Indiana HIV outbreak Updated: Jun-29-15 5:02 pm
JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana - Federal agents say a fifth man has been arrested in connection with the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history.
- State, poultry industry take precautions against bird flu Updated: Jun-29-15 12:14 pm
BALTIMORE - Agriculture officials and poultry farmers in Maryland are taking extra precautions against avian influenza after outbreaks devastated flocks in other states.
- Some Montana schools missing vaccine benchmark, data shows Updated: Jun-28-15 2:44 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough, new state data shows.
- Madison County plans 4 sites for needle-exchange program Updated: Jun-27-15 5:58 pm
ANDERSON, Indiana - Health officials are working to open four needle-exchange sites in a central Indiana county after being granted state approval for the program because of disease being spread among intravenous drug users.
- More than 1,300 claims filed in Akron asbestos suit Updated: Jun-27-15 10:40 am
AKRON, Ohio - More than 1,300 damage claims were filed in a northeast Ohio court on behalf of the heirs of Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or developed serious illnesses from exposure to asbestos.
- Boy dies of diphtheria in Spain, parents rejected vaccine Updated: Jun-27-15 6:41 am
MADRID - Officials say a six-year-old boy who had been the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in 29 years has died from the disease in a Barcelona hospital.
- Authorities: Anti-vaccine doctor dead in apparent suicide Updated: Jun-26-15 11:32 pm
CHIMNEY ROCK, North Carolina - Authorities say anti-vaccine Dr. Jeff Bradstreet has been found dead in an apparent suicide in North Carolina.
- Hassan vetoes bill on parental notice of sexual topics Updated: Jun-26-15 3:25 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan says a bill that would require schools to give parents two weeks' notice before using sexually explicit material in class would make it harder for young people to receive public health education or study important literature.
- Iowa landfill stops taking dead birds affected by bird flu Updated: Jun-26-15 8:35 am
MALVERN, Iowa - A southwestern Iowa landfill has stopped accepting dead birds and related waste from the recent bird flu outbreak.
- Chicago starting outreach to promote meningitis vaccines Updated: Jun-26-15 6:19 am
CHICAGO - Chicago health officials are making more public outreach efforts amid diagnosed cases of meningitis among men who have sex with men.
- Bacteria linked to illness at Montgomery day care identified Updated: Jun-25-15 7:23 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A Montgomery day care center will remain closed while public health officials investigate an outbreak, suspected to be a foodborne illness, that left 86 children hospitalized earlier this week.
- Vermont study shows pertussis vaccine effective Updated: Jun-25-15 4:49 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Preliminary data from a Vermont study show that despite changes in strains of whooping cough, a common vaccine is still effective in preventing the highly contagious disease, the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.
- Ohio House passes student meningitis immunization bill Updated: Jun-25-15 1:57 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio students would have to be immunized against meningitis under a bill passed by the Legislature.
- In North Korea, war anniversary is climax of anti-US fervor Updated: Jun-25-15 10:36 am
SUSAN-RI, North Korea - June is something like Hate America Month in North Korea.
- Investigation into NC salmonella outbreak continues Updated: Jun-25-15 6:41 am
LEXINGTON, North Carolina - A Lexington restaurant has voluntarily closed until Monday during an investigation of a gastrointestinal illness outbreak at the business.
- Southern Miss public health program receives accreditation Updated: Jun-25-15 6:10 am
HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - The Department of Public Health at The University of Southern Mississippi has been granted continued accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health for its master of public health degree program.
- 4 men arrested on drug charges tied to Indiana HIV outbreak Updated: Jun-24-15 5:09 pm
JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana - Four people accused of distributing a painkiller linked to the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history have been arrested, and more arrests are expected, according to local and federal authorities.