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In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates, currently among the most popular treats made at the R.G.W. Candy Company, are seen displayed at the company near Atlanta, Ill. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Jim Bowling)

Chocolate: health benefits of the love potion

Our love for chocolate dates back to the Mesoamerican era, 3,500 years ago. Fast forward 2,000 years, chocolate houses opened throughout Europe and served as social clubs and meeting places for the elite. And today, it remains a prized love food of Valentine’s Day for everyone — and even throughout the year.

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.

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Can people with heart problems still practice hot yoga?

Associated Press

Studies have long shown the health benefits of yoga, but a Miami cardiologist is conducting a study to determine whether hot yoga improves vascular function and blood flow, especially for patients with hypertension and other vascular issues.

NY confirms flu cases in 44 counties, all NYC boroughs

Associated Press

New York's health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, requiring health care workers who aren't vaccinated against it to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.

Kansas law helps public understand dangers of concussions

- Associated Press

When Cole Elmore was tackled in the fourth quarter of a game this past fall against Beloit, the Sacred Heart High School sophomore's head was smacked around, as he put it, "like a pinball."

AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

- Associated Press

Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement

- Associated Press

Republicans moved within a step Thursday of cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood, pushing a bill that would limit Medicaid reimbursements for certain family planning clinics through the state Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker.

Dems seek drug abuse funds as election-year issue sharpens

- Associated Press

Congressional Democrats called Thursday for hundreds of millions in emergency spending to fight drug abuse but ran into Republican resistance as another health issue spiraled into an election-year showdown.

Some Republicans announce support for medical marijuana bill

- Associated Press

Some Republican House lawmakers announced their support Tuesday for new legislation that would create a system for manufacturing, distributing and possessing some forms of medical marijuana in Iowa, though it's unclear what type of backing the bill will get from party leaders.

VA hospitals compare favorably on deaths, readmission rates

- Associated Press

Veterans' hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions - heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions.

Joe Conlon, technical adviser for the American Mosquito Control Association, discusses challenges associated with fighting the mosquito that carry the Zika virus during the association's annual conference in Savannah, Georgia, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ross Bynum)

Zika mosquitoes hard to fight as they live with people they bite

- Associated Press

Mosquito-control workers are asking automotive retailers to get rid of old tires in the Florida Panhandle, lining up laboratories to test the insects for the Zika virus in New Orleans, and preparing to hunt down and destroy mosquito breeding sites in neighborhoods of infected people in coastal Georgia.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says "there shouldn't be a panic on this."