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China aims to double doctor numbers as cure for healthcare woes

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SHANGHAI - China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a healthcare system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said.

Five U.S. health workers released after Ebola monitoring in Nebraska 7:34am BST

- Five U.S. healthcare workers who underwent monitoring at a Nebraska medical center after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa have completed their quarantine periods and were symptom-free, the hospital said on Tuesday.

California getting 'second-hand smog' from Asia, researchers say 31 Mar 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California is suffering from "second-hand smog" drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state's prolonged drought has made air quality worse.

New York doctors accused of using free shoes offer to defraud Medicaid 31 Mar 2015

NEW YORK - Twenty-three New York City doctors and medical workers have been charged with running an insurance fraud scheme in which they persuaded homeless and poor people to get unnecessary medical testing with promises of free shoes, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Web searches may predict disease risk among populations 1:34am BST

(Reuters Health) – - Internet search data might someday help estimate the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like stroke, heart disease or cancer, a new study suggests.

As deadly pig virus wanes, bacon prices shrink 31 Mar 2015

CHICAGO - U.S. pork belly prices are likely to fall further into the summer as supplies climb, now that farmers have finally controlled a deadly virus that wiped out millions of pigs, analysts said.

Teens with HIV fare worse when parents don't come to clinic appointments 31 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) - Teens with HIV do better at keeping the virus in check when their parents or guardians come with them for clinic visits, a study from Botswana suggests.

Constipation emergencies on the rise 31 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) – The number of people going to U.S. emergency rooms for constipation has been going up, and so has the cost of those visits, which reached $1.6 billion in 2011, according to a new study.

BioCryst wins US contract to continue Ebola drug development 31 Mar 2015

- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc said it won a U.S. government contract to continue development of its potential treatment for Ebola and other viral diseases.

Air pollution may be tied to anxiety 31 Mar 2015

(Reuters Health) - Women who live in areas with higher air pollution may also have higher anxiety, according to a new analysis.