China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert By YANAN WANG Associated Press January 19, 2020, 6:10 AM 2 min read BEIJING — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has …

China Reports New Cases of Deadly Virus, Adding to Fears of Outbreak

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities said on Sunday that 17 more people had been infected with a mysterious new virus, raising questions about how it is being transmitted and adding to concerns about the spread of the illness ahead of China’s busiest travel season. The announcement, by the health commission in Wuhan, a central Chinese city where the virus originated …

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

Thousands of St. Louis-area families have been freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that’s increasingly popular among churches and other groups — eliminating medical debt By JIM SALTER Associated Press January 18, 2020, 4:32 PM 3 min read ST. LOUIS — Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to …

Supreme Court to Consider Limits on Contraception Coverage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether the Trump administration may allow employers to limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The case returns the court to a key battleground in the culture wars, but one in which successive administrations have switched sides. In the Obama years, the court heard two …

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press January 17, 2020, 9:51 PM 3 min read WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for …

Ayanna Pressley Opens Up About Living With Alopecia and Hair Loss

Representative Ayanna Pressley, Democrat of Massachusetts, revealed in a video released on Thursday that she has a condition called alopecia and is now bald. “This is about acceptance,” Ms. Pressley said of her decision to publicly discuss her baldness. “I hope this starts a conversation about the personal struggles we navigate, and I hope that it creates awareness about how …

Teen who fled with mom to avoid cancer surgery has operation

An Oregon teenager who was taken out of state by her mother to avoid surgery for a rare type of liver cancer has had the operation while in the custody of the state welfare officials January 16, 2020, 8:37 PM 2 min read PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon teenager who was taken out of state by her mother to avoid …

Japan Confirms First Case of New Chinese Coronavirus

BEIJING — Japan on Thursday reported its first case of a new coronavirus that has sickened at least 41 people in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus beyond China’s borders ahead of a major holiday. Japan’s Health Ministry said that a Chinese man in his 30s tested positive for the mysterious pneumonia-like coronavirus. The man, a …

On the Money: Confronting fresh health insurance deductibles

The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance, but there are places to find help By TOM MURPHY AP Health Writer January 15, 2020, 5:25 PM 4 min read The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance. Many deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care or …

Minimum Wage Raises Could Lower Suicide Rates, Study Says

Raising the minimum wage could lower the suicide rate, according to a study published last week, delivering labor advocates a tantalizing new finding about the broader impacts of wage changes even as some experts said other factors could explain the decrease. More than 47,000 Americansdied by suicidein 2017, and with other so-called deaths of despair — drug overdoses and alcoholism …