State health officials report 21 flu deaths in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State health officials report the death toll from the seasonal flu outbreak has risen to 21, leading to a renewed call for residents across North Ca……

Humana insurance extends payment deadline

CHICAGO (AP) — Another health insurance company has extended its payment deadline for people who signed up for coverage last month. Humana spokeswoman Cathryn Donal……

Doctors say cutting food stamps could backfire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they……

Numbers of wounded down; care units to close

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the number of seriously wounded and ill soldiers at a six-year low, the Army is closing down some of the special units set up to care for troops and r……

W.Va. board approves sports concussions policy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved new rules on how high schools handle sports concussions, including requiring that a licen……

BC-NY-New York Weekend Advisory

Here’s a look at AP’s plans in New York for the weekend. Questions are welcome, and should be directed to New York Editor James Martinez at 212-621-1607 in……

Colo. governor highlights mental health, not guns

DENVER (AP) — A year after calling for gun control, Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state should focus on mental health. The Democratic governor delivered his annual S……

Colorado flu hospitalizations triple in 2 weeks

DENVER (AP) — Health officials say the number of people hospitalized because of the flu in Colorado tripled in two weeks. Colorado Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1iWGo……

Seahawks serve players plenty of healthy food

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Seahawks chef Mac McNabb says he needs eggs, he means it — 60 dozen a week, at least, “just to get by.” On a recent morning alone, he w……