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HHS Let Contractors Botch Obamacare Website Rollout, GAO Report Says

Posted On July 31, 2014

(Undated) -- The Government Accountability Office says private contractors botched the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website because government teams failed to plan properly or oversee the contractors' work. In a report being released this morning, the nonpartisan GAO says the Department of Health and Human Services had only three and-a-half years to design,…

Red Robin Monster Burger Takes 12 Hours To Walk Off

Posted On July 30, 2014

(Undated) -- It'll take more than an extra hour at the gym to work off Red Robin's 35-hundred calorie "Monster" double burger meal. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Xtreme Eating Awards, it would take 12 straight hours of brisk walking to erase the artery-clogging side effects. The Cheesecake Factory also…

House Expected To Approve VA Reform Bill Today

Posted On July 30, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- The House is expected to approve a bill today reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department. The roughly 17-billion dollar measure aims to resolve systemic VA scheduling problems and unreasonable wait times. It would give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system. The compromise legislation provides funding to hire…

Blood Test May Predict Suicide Attempts

Posted On July 30, 2014

(Undated) -- A new blood test may help predict who's likely to attempt suicide. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say they've identified a chemical alteration that's linked to stress reactions and they plan to conduct more studies. Monitoring blood could some day help doctors more easily determine if intervention is needed for service members returning…

AstraZeneca Buys Lung Drug Rights For $2.1-Billion

Posted On July 30, 2014

(Undated) -- AstraZeneca has a deal in place to buy the rights to a group of lung drugs for more than two-billion dollars. The British drugmaker reached agreement today with the Spanish group Almirall. The deal gives AstraZeneca more resources to build up its respiratory medicine business. AstraZeneca turned down a 118-billion dollar merger offer…