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House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 4, 2016, as he announces the formation of six committee-led task forces charged with developing agendas on national security, tax reform, jobs, health care reform, elimination of poverty, and more. Ryan also pledged that House Republicans will schedule time this year to vote on legislation reforming the criminal justice system. (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP eyes Obamacare replacement by summer

- The Washington Times

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has instructed his health care task force to “go big and go bold” in its push to replace Obamacare with a clear GOP alternative for voters this year — preferably before Congress breaks this summer for the 2016 party conventions, a powerful House Republican said Wednesday.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the fiscal 2017 HHS budget. Burwell has ashes on her forehead, Wednesday being Ash Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HHS: Look at uninsured rate, not Obamacare signups

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s top health official told Congress Wednesday that Obamacare is making “historic” strides, even if 2016 enrollment on its web-based exchanges amounted to little more than half of what budget scorekeepers initially projected.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, decried his Republican colleagues for what he said is a weak response on clearing funds to fight Zika and the Flint, Michigan, lead-poisoned water problem. (Associated Press)

Democrats say Republicans not serious on Zika, Flint lead

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats accused the GOP majority Tuesday of paying lip service to lead-poisoned families in Michigan and waffling in its response to the Zika virus that’s threatening U.S. shores, signaling they will use both crises as a prism for each party’s philosophy on federal intervention.

FILE - In this undated image released earlier this year by the New York City Health Department, a graphic warning NYC consumers of high salt content in foods that is now required on menus at many fast-food and chain restaurants is already headed for a court fight. The National Restaurant Association says it filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday, two days after the first-of-its-kind rule took effect. The rule requires chain restaurants to put the salt-shaker icon on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about a teaspoon of salt. (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

Please, don’t pass the salt

It has been postulated that diets high in sodium contribute to an annual 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide and is responsible for 1-in-10 U.S. deaths. And researchers also found that 40 percent of these deaths affect adults 69 years of age or younger.

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2 Texas researchers under fire for Planned Parenthood study

- Associated Press

Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed: cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Modrich, left, as Dr. A. Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University, right listens in a laboratory at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. VBiden visited Duke to speak about his Cancer Moonshot initiative. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Biden seeks input for cancer 'moonshot' at Duke University

- Associated Press

With an ambitious funding request pending before Congress, Vice President Joe Biden sought Wednesday to fill out the White House's cancer "moonshot" with input from doctors and researchers at a hub for medical innovation.

Police: Jay Cutler's dead brother-in-law dealt with paranoia

- Associated Press

The brother-in-law of NFL quarterback Jay Cutler was paranoid about being followed by gang members when he crashed his car in a remote part of Utah and wandered off to his death in frigid temperatures, according to police reports obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

- Associated Press

A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

- Associated Press

The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

CDC Director Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, before the House Foreign Affairs, Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations subcommittee and Western Hemisphere subcommittee hearing on: 'The Global Zika Epidemic.' (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak

- Associated Press

New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

- Associated Press

The Durango Herald, Feb. 3, on end-of-life choices for the terminally ill: