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A man talks on a mobile phone next to a downtown McDonald's in Hong Kong in this April 2, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics

Associated Press

McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. A Supreme Court case over the legality of federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law poses risks to both political parties. Republicans and conservatives who brought the case say many of those subsidies are illegal. Should they win, the states whose residents would be hurt are disproportionately represented by Republicans in Congress.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Opening shots fired in Obamacare Supreme Court battle

- The Washington Times

Federal lawmakers staked out partisan positions on the eve of Obamacare’s second major showdown before the Supreme Court, with Democrats urging the justices not to create chaos in more than 30 states, while Republicans mapped out an escape route from the contentious health overhaul.

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Senate tables bill on contraceptive coverage

- Associated Press

The New Hampshire Senate has failed to pass a bill that would require employers to notify job candidates about what contraceptives the company's health insurance covers.

Ebola patient Beatrice Yardolo, leaves the Chinese Ebola treatment center were she was treated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old English teacher, from a treatment center in the capital on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free. 'I am one of the happiest human beings today on earth because it was not easy going through this situation and coming out alive,' Beatrice Yardolo told The Associated Press after her release. She kept thanking God and the health workers at the center.(AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia

- Associated Press

Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

Associated Press

A child has a genetic disease that will likely kill her by age 2. The only treatment is a stem cell transplant from cord blood, and the only way to get that treatment is to be screened for the disease at birth. Doing that will cost Kentucky taxpayers about $750,000 for a disease that affects 1 in 100,000 people in a state that averages 60,000 births each year.

After Ebola ban, N. Korea opens marathon to foreigners

- Associated Press

After lifting travel restrictions it imposed because of concerns over the Ebola virus, North Korea says foreigners can now take part in one of its most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon, a travel agency said Thursday.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Fate of Obama health law subsidies rests with 2 justices

- Associated Press

The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.

This Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo shows the exterior of Abbvie, in Lake Bluff, Ill. AbbVie will spend about $21 billion to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics in its first major deal attempt since walking away from a $55 billion takeover of Shire last fall, the company announced, late Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

AbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B

- Associated Press

AbbVie will spend about $21 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Pharmacyclics and add another major revenue producer to a portfolio that already includes the world's top-selling drug.

FILE In this Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 file photo, a health care worker, right, takes the temperatures of school children for signs of the Ebola virus before they enter their school in the city of Conakry, Guinea. The World Health Organization says it will soon start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the dreaded virus. In a statement issued on Thursday, March 5, 2015, the U.N. health agency said the study will be focused in Basse Guinee, the region that currently has the most Ebola cases in the country. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah, File)

WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea

- Associated Press

The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.


- Associated Press


Maker of device in 'superbug' outbreak lacked FDA clearance

- Associated Press

The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.