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Gov. Scott concedes that earlier Medicaid support was a ruse

Rick ScottShortly after his mother's 2013 death, Gov. Rick Scott went on TV to explain his startling decision to drop his strongly-held opposition to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The Republican governor said her death had changed his perspective and he could no longer "in good conscience" oppose expanding health care coverage to nearly 1 million Floridians.

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China hikes cigarette tax in anti-smoking drive

China cigarette tax doubledChina is set to raise the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday, in a move to deter smokers in the world's biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.

China has accelerated a campaign against smoking over the past year, despite persistent opposition from the tobacco industry. Domestic and foreign anti-smoking activists say China's cigarette habit has come at a heavy cost to the healthcare system.

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Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs

Superbig resistance A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Using complex algorithms, biologist Miriam Barlow of the University of California, Merced and mathematician Kristina Crona of American University in Washington, D.C. were able to prevent and actually reverse antibiotic resistance in a lab setting.

The discovery is exciting because antibiotic-resistant infections are some of the most pressing research concerns in modern medicine. These mutated bacteria, such as MRSA, C. diff and more, have the power to turn back the clock on all of the advances we've made since the advent of antibiotics.

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Vaccination against measles may have other benefits

measles vaccineA new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

It’s long been known that contracting measles weakens the immune system for weeks or months, putting people, especially children, at increased risk for potentially fatal infection by a host of germs.

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Puerto Rico Governor Signs Order To Legalize Medical Marijuana

medical marijuanaPuerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the island's health secretary has three months to issue a report detailing how the executive order will be implemented, the impact it will have and what future steps could be taken. The order went into immediate effect.

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Cuba's medical magicians

Cuba's medical magiciansWhile the US trade embargo imposed in 1961 has restricted life-saving equipment and medicine, it has only made medical professionals more imaginative in their work - and more determined to provide the best care possible.

Gladys Rodriguez, 80, was also saved by quick-thinking medical staff after heart and kidney failure nearly killed her last year. Rodriguez said she suddenly became dizzy and blacked out, waking up in the hospital days later. Doctors said she needed a special blood coagulating drug, but because of the US embargo, none could be found.

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St. Louis Burning: A ticking time bomb beneath the city?

St. Louis ticking time bombIf it were any other morning after six inches of overnight snow in St. Louis, Dawn Chapman probably would have been sledding with her three kids.

But one phone call from a distressed neighbor at 6 a.m. changed that. A 21-year-old who lives nearby — their friend’s daughter — got the biopsy results from her ruptured appendix. The tests confirmed everyone’s fears: appendix cancer.

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