FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, director Angelina Jolie poses for photographers during a photo call for her film "Unbroken" in Berlin, Germany. Jolie announced in an op-ed in The New York Times on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent cancer. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

FILE - In this May 24, 2013, file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

The VA said it will now measure the 40-mile trip by driving miles as calculated by Google maps or other sites, rather than as the crow flies, as currently interpreted. The rule change is expected to roughly double the number of eligible veterans.

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What to do when allergy season strikes

Health officials suggest that if people are prone to allergies, it’s important to start medication early to prevent discomfort when the season starts.

FILE - In the Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., conveys a message he reads from his mobile phone to witness, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Miller on March 16, accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

VA watchdog defends actions in contracting report

The inspector general’s office at the Department of Veterans Affairs is defending its actions after the office came under unusual criticism from its counterpart at the Treasury Department.

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013 file photo shows part of the HealthCare.gov website in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Senate Dems threaten to oppose deal on Medicare doc fees

Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments if it doesn’t finance a children’s health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday.