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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:35am
Most breast cancer cases are in women, so treatment and support are geared toward them. Men with breast cancer can feel isolated. One man was given a pink ice pack.
Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:00am
A law as broad and complex as the Affordable Care Act invites both criticism and praise. Here's a look at some of the claims made on the presidential campaign trail.
Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:13pm
A cystic fibrosis drug that is expected to be taken by only a few hundred people may drain almost $36 million from California's general fund over two fiscal years.
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:57pm
After controversial pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli left the hearing on Capitol Hill, the representatives' attention turned to why prices for some drugs are rising so steeply.
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:36pm
If police violence is considered a public health issue, then doctors and nurses might be able to compile basic information about shootings involving law enforcement that go unreported.
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:20pm
The Pentagon is launching a pilot program to freeze troops' sperm or eggs as part of widespread reforms to personnel policies across the force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he wants the military to be more family friendly and able to compete for the best talent with private sector employers like those in the world of tech.
Wed, 02/03/2016 - 5:00am
Covered California's executive director, Peter Lee, said UnitedHealth Group Inc. made its own mistakes on rates and networks that led to a $475 million loss on individual policies in 2015.
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:14pm
Congressional investigators have pried loose emails showing how the company's executives anticipated huge profits from a 5,000 percent drug price increase. They were blindsided by the blowback.
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:32am
Researchers tested whether loosening restrictions on the work schedules of doctors in training would lead to more harm to patients.
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:33am
New York and Minnesota are offering an inexpensive insurance alternative allowed under the federal health law that provides some low-income people with more affordable coverage.
Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:25am
Critical care insurance pays out a lump sum for any kind of expense if someone is diagnosed with a serious illness. It's now popular but other kinds of insurance may already cover needed expenses.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:06pm
Some fast-food franchisees are rethinking putting workers on part-time status to avoid having to provide them with health insurance. The business hassles are exceeding the savings.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:00pm
An HPV vaccine that protects against nine strains of the virus that causes cancer gets the nod from the CDC. So does a vaccine for a rare but often lethal form of meningitis.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 1:44pm
The generic form of the blockbuster cancer drug is being shipped to pharmacies. The generic is likely to cost 30 percent less than the brand-name version, but Gleevec's price doubled in recent years.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:43am
Ben Lecomte wants to be the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean — a 5,500-mile journey. Doctors will monitor his heart remotely to see how intensive exercise affects this vital muscle.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:43am
Ben Lecomte wants to be the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean — a 5,500 mile journey. Doctors will monitor his heart remotely to see how intensive exercise affects this vital muscle.
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 6:00pm
About 40 years ago, Consuelo Hermosillo went to the hospital for an emergency cesarean section. Against her will, she left unable to have more children. No Más Bebés airs tonight on PBS.
Sat, 01/30/2016 - 2:58pm
Sunday January 31st is the deadline in most states to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials are reaching out to those previously uninsured, with a focus on Hispanics.
Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:13am
Clinton has more than two dozen policy proposals from Alzheimer's to drug addiction — more than 50,000 words of them. But can all those plans inspire people to caucus for her in Iowa?
Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:39pm
Though it may sound like an oxymoron, "automating empathy" is becoming a catchphrase in health care. The goal is to help doctors engage with patients cheaply and with minimal effort. Does it work?