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13 states protest abortion refusal rule

Attorneys general from 13 states, including Maryland, protested a proposed Bush administration rule that would give stronger job protections to health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections.

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Senior citizens pursuing education from home

<p>Kathy Leeds is one of about 500 people enrolled for the fall semester in a telephone-based educational program for homebound seniors called DOROT University Without Walls, believed to be the largest program of its kind in the country.</p><p>But Leeds will never step foot on a campus or in a classroom. The 79-year-old widow has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair to get around her Manhattan apartment.</p>

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Physicans Practice expands its coverage in the D.C. metro area

An expanded partnership between Washington Hospital Center and Physicians Practice will bring the health care organization&rsquo;s resources to an additional 4,200 doctors in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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Man admits recruiting homeless for medical fraud

A man pleaded guilty to recruiting and paying homeless people to pose as phony hospital patients in a scheme that billed government programs millions of dollars in unnecessary health services.

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No rise in monthly Medicare premiums for 2009

&nbsp;The monthly premium for the vast majority of the elderly and disabled participating in Medicare will hold steady at $96.40 next year. It's the first time since 2000 that the charge for health coverage is not increasing.

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Synutra recalls baby formula contaminated by the chemical melamine

A Chinese maker of baby formula said Tuesday it was initiating a recall of products that may have been contaminated by melamine, a chemical that has been linked to the recent illnesses of infants and children in China.

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State could move patients to Carroll facility

Maryland officials have scheduled a community meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss plans to transfer patients from the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills to the Springfield Hospital Center campus in Sykesville.

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Google founder endows UMd. professorship

The University Maryland School of Medicine announced Monday that Google founder Sergey Brin and his parents have endowed a professor's chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where Brin's mother is being treated for Parkinson's Disease.

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$20 million grant for Intrepid's Md. facility

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund says a $20 million grant puts it halfway toward the cost of a new Bethesda, Md. medical facility for military members who suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Geneticist to write book on staying well

Dr. Francis Collins, arguably the nation's leading geneticist and author of the best-selling &quot;The Language of God,&quot; is working on a book that promises &quot;stunning new revelations about why we get sick; what it means to be healthy; how we can prevent disease&quot; and medical treatment.

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