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Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

U.S. proposes scrapping some obsolete Medicare regulations 2013-02-05T010951Z_2_BRE914024_RTROPTC_0_US-USA-HEALTHCARE-HOSP ITALS.XML () -

U.S. Army to build soldier "resilience" to fight suicides, violence

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, grappling with a spike in military suicides, plans to take steps to improve soldiers' resilience to mental health problems to combat such deaths as well as depression, substance abuse, and violent behavior, Army Secretary John McHugh said on Monday. McHugh ordered Army officials to lay out detailed plans by February 15 to boost soldiers' "physical, emotional and psychological resilience," but did not reveal program specifics, such as estimated costs or goals.

FDA approves generic version of cancer drug Doxil 2013-02-04T190948Z_1_BRE9130U6_RTROPTC_0_US-CANCER-DRUG-APPROVA L.XML () -

Hemispherx says FDA rejects fatigue drug application 2013-02-05T022533Z_1_BRE914044_RTROPTC_0_US-HEMISPHERXBIOPHARMA -FDA-AMPLIGEN.XML () -

Ohio Governor Kasich backs Medicaid expansion in proposed budget

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio's Republican governor on Monday endorsed the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, raising expectations that political opposition to the plan may be starting to thaw among GOP leaders in so-called Red states. Gov. John Kasich, the fifth Republican state governor to support the Medicaid expansion, made his announcement as part of a press briefing on his $63.3 billion 2014-15 budget proposal. He emphasized that he is not a supporter of "Obamacare," but believes the Medicaid plan "makes sense for the state of Ohio."

Vitamin C supplements tied to men's kidney stones

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who take vitamin C supplements are at higher-than-average risk of developing kidney stones, a new study from Sweden suggests. The findings don't prove the vitamin itself triggers stones to form. But researchers said that because there are no clear benefits tied to taking high-dose vitamin C, people who have had stones in the past might want to think before taking extra supplements.

Adult diabetes drug may work in very obese youths

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A drug originally approved to treat adults with diabetes may also help severely obese youths lose some weight, according to a new study. "We're encouraged by these trial results because there is potentially a role for this class (of drugs) to be useful in terms of weight reduction and cardiovascular risk control," said Aaron Kelly, the study's lead author from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Could too much calcium be bad for your heart?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new analysis from the National Institutes of Health, men who took calcium tablets were more likely to die of heart disease over more than a decade than those who didn't get extra calcium in supplement form. "The effect of supplemental or dietary calcium on heart disease has always been a bit of an unanswered story," said Howard Sesso, a preventive medicine researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Gilead's two hepatitis C drug trials meet study goals 2013-02-04T192630Z_1_BRE9130UN_RTROPTC_0_US-GILEAD-HEPATITIS.XM L () -

Horse DNA found in burgers at second major Irish plant

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Burgers containing horse DNA have been discovered at a second major plant in Ireland, the country's agriculture department said on Monday, again pointing the finger at Poland as the country of origin for the raw materials. Food companies such as Tesco <TSCO.L> and Burger King <BKW.N> last month found that beef products supplied by an Irish firm contained horse DNA, a scandal that has hit retailers with a wave of bad publicity and left Ireland's 2 billion euro ($2.7 billion) beef industry reeling.