News bites: Conflicts arise as insurers expand

Consolidation in the healthcare industry is giving rise to conflicts — and conflicts of interest, Kaiser Health News reports.

Officials defended the safety of American beef after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in California last week, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Testing for HIV will increase in Massachusetts under a new law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D), The Associated Press reports.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for a rare cancer known as soft-tissue sarcoma, Dow Jones Newswires reports.

A judge in the Netherlands has upheld a ban on tourists buying pot, The Associated Press reports.