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Obama to Congress: Health care legislation by Aug.

L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) — Despite snags in Congress, President Barack Obama says his administration is closer to achieving health care reform than at any time in recent history.

He says he hopes Congress will pass health care legislation by the August recess but "nothing is do or die."

Obama says he is making health care his "highest legislative priority".


WHO approves cervical cancer vaccine Cervarix

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LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has approved a second cervical cancer vaccine, this one made by GlaxoSmithKline, meaning U.N. agencies and partners can now officially buy millions of doses of the vaccine for poor countries worldwide.

Merck, Portola in $420M deal for anticlotting drug

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. and Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc. say they have an exclusive deal to develop and market an experimental drug to prevent strokes in people with a dangerous irregular heart rhythm.

Merck, the world's eighth-biggest drugmaker, will pay Portola $50 million initially to license the drug, called betrixaban.


Hospitals, Democrats near deal on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrats and the White House are closing in on a deal with hospitals to help pay for President Barack Obama's proposed expansion of health coverage, at the same time they hope for a comprehensive agreement with Republicans on a bipartisan bill.

Paperless health care? One hospital's long journey

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baby Riley Matthews wheezed noisily on the exam table. "He's belly-breathing," the emergency-room doctor said worriedly — Riley's little abdomen was markedly rising and falling with each breath, a sign of respiratory distress.
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