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Archive for November, 2011

Supreme Court will hear health care case this term

Monday, November 14th, 2011

By JESSE J. HOLLAND
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, setting up an election-year showdown over the White House’s main domestic policy achievement.

The justices on Monday revealed they would take the case. That means arguments could come in March, allowing plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

The health care case could be the high court’s most significant and political undertaking since the 5-4 decision in Bush v. Gore nearly 11 years ago. That ruling effectively sealed George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential election victory.

Republicans have called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional since before Obama signed it into law in March 2010. But federal appeals courts have been split on their assessment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Harris Teeter overhaul

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Hanover Center isn’t taking lightly the spring arrival of Whole Foods Market right across the street.

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Space being added at Salisbury National Cemetery

Monday, November 14th, 2011

SALISBURY, NC (AP) — Construction at the Salisbury National Cemetery will allow more veterans and their families to be buried there.

The Salisbury Post reports that that construction begins Monday on the project, which includes a 1,000-niche columbarium and 2,400 pre-placed in-ground crypts.

The work should be completed within the next year.

Director John Spruyt says the construction company is on site Monday to start moving in equipment.

A columbarium stores cremation urns, which are placed in niches behind covers along a memorial wall. The cemetery has a smaller columbarium but will run out of space in the next six to seven months.

Spruyt says most national cemeteries now use in-ground pre-placed crypts to save space and time. Those are vaults buried under 18 inches of topsoil.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Free drugs can help prevent repeat heart attacks

Monday, November 14th, 2011

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
AP Chief Medical Writer

ORLANDO, FL (AP) – A study finds that offering people free medicines after a heart attack can help cut the chances they will suffer another one. It also saves them about $500 for health care over the next year without raising costs for insurers.

However, doctors were shocked that only about half of these patients filled their prescriptions even though they got them for free.

Insurance company Aetna says it soon will start offering certain heart medicines such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs for free or with a reduced copay to some heart attack survivors because of these results. Aetna helped sponsor the study.

The research was discussed Monday at an American Heart Association conference in Florida.

Online:
Heart Association: http://www.americanheart.org
New England Journal: http://www.nejm.org

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Surveys about Camp Lejeune water still sought

Monday, November 14th, 2011

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (AP) — The federal agency leading the health survey about contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is using YouTube to reach out to service members and civilians who worked at the base and their families.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Marine Corps have released three public service announcements on YouTube.

Spokeswoman Vivi Abrams says so far, the agency has sent out almost 284,000 surveys and received more than 63,300 responses. The deadline to submit the survey is the end of this year.

The results of the survey are expected to provide statistical information about health effects of exposure to chemical contaminants in the Camp Lejeune drinking water between the 1950s and 1980s.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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