HOUSTON — An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game last month between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros says the girl suffered a skull fracture. Attorney Richard Mithoff on Wednesday provided the first update by the girl's family on her condition since she was hit during the May 29 game in Houston. Mithoff says the girl had bleeding and swelling in her brain as well as a brain contusion after she was hit. He says she had a seizure after she was hospitalized and is taking medication to prevent more seizures. While several teams have said they'll extend protective netting after various incidents of fans getting hit by foul balls, the Astros say they will continue studying the issue . … [Read more...] about Attorney: Girl hit during Astros game had skull fracture
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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has requested written arguments on whether the House of Representatives and various Democratic-leaning states can step in to appeal a ruling striking down President Barack Obama's health care law. The question is significant because President Donald Trump's administration isn't defending the law. Wednesday's filing at the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also asks what happens to the case if nobody else has standing to appeal. Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor struck down the law in December. Arguments on the appeal are set for July 9. O'Connor ruled that the entire health care law was rendered unconstitutional by a 2017 congressional repeal of the law's penalties on people who remain uninsured. Texas is leading numerous Republican-led states in arguing to uphold O'Connor's ruling. … [Read more...] about Court’s Question: Who has right to defend ‘Obamacare’?
BATON ROUGE, La. — For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a first-in-the-nation treatment model it says can cure tens of thousands who have the infectious, liver-damaging disease. Louisiana's health department announced Wednesday what it called a "subscription model" deal with Gilead Sciences subsidiary Asegua Therapeutics. Louisiana will pay a flat fee for unlimited access to hepatitis C medication for five years, and will be able to treat as many people as it can, rather than pay a per-patient drug price. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee has said other states have indicated they want to mirror the subscription concept if Louisiana is successful. Gee celebrated the deal's signing with Gov. John Bel Edwards at a New Orleans health clinic. She said Louisiana hopes to treat 31,000 of the … [Read more...] about Louisiana reaches ‘Netflix-model’ deal to tackle hepatitis C
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Police say carbon monoxide poisoning may be the cause of two deaths at a North Carolina hotel. News outlets report investigators say 28-year-old Jacob Galloway and 39-year-old James Landreth were found dead in a room on June 9 at the Best Western hotel in Asheville. They were in town for a rugby tournament. A search warrant says Asheville Fire Chief Shane Mackey determined a utility room at the hotel was directly behind and below the men's room, and said an exhaust pipe wasn't vented to the outside. Mackey said carbon monoxide could have seeped from the utility closet to their room. The Office of the State Medical Examiner has performed autopsies on the men, but police say toxicology reports could take up to eight months to complete. … [Read more...] about Police suspect carbon monoxide poisoning in 2 hotel deaths
ATLANTA — A vaccine against cervical and other cancers should be recommended for both men and women up to age 26, a U.S. government advisory panel decided Wednesday. The vaccine protects against HPV, a virus that is commonly spread through sex and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' vote in Atlanta raises the recommended vaccination age for men from 21 to 26, making it the same as the existing recommendation for women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention almost always accepts the panel's recommendations and uses them as guidance for U.S. doctors. The HPV vaccine is usually given to 11- and 12-year olds, to protect them before their first exposure to sexually transmitted viruses. Women as old as 26 had been recommended to get a "catch-up" vaccination if they missed the shots in pre-adolescence. For men, the catch-up recommendation had applied only up to age 21, because research indicates males tend to be exposed … [Read more...] about Vaccine panel gives nod to HPV shots for men up to age 26