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People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care

2 hours 2 min ago

Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.

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What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

4 hours 38 min ago

Many people check up on hospitals before they check in as patients. But there's a catch. A hospital that gets lauded by one group can be panned by another.

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Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:59pm

In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states.

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4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:20pm

The biggest political threat of the latest challenge to Obamacare is to the president, but Republicans wouldn't be winners either.

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FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:03pm

The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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Affordable Care Act To Face Critical Test At Supreme Court

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:09pm

The president's signature accomplishment — the Affordable Care Act — faces yet another critical test. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Congress intended for the federal health insurance exchange to offer the same subsidies available to those in state exchanges.

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GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:47am

House Republicans are asking why the Obama administration moved money to run the federal insurance marketplace in 37 states, after House Democrats didn't appropriate enough funding.

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Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:27am

The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.

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What Shapes Health? Webcast Explores Social And Economic Factors

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:03am

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.

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Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:37am

In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states.

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Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:37am

Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.

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Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:04pm

People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight.

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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:05am

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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Poll Explores Our Perception Of How Factors Large And Small Shape People's Health

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:03am

Health is not just about trips to the doctor, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Housing, stress and abuse are factors.

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How Pittsburgh's Freedom House Pioneered Paramedic Treatment

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:19pm

The groundbreaking ambulance service was created in the 1960s as the city struggled with racial tensions and poor medical transport. It trained African-American men to provide crucial emergency care.

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How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:03am

Lung cancer survivors who met online banded together to get an option they credited with helping them added to treatment guidelines used by cancer specialists.

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Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:16am

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.

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Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:16am

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.

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5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:09am

Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states. Arguments are

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5 Things To Know About The Latest Supreme Court Challenge To Health Law

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:09am

Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states. Arguments are

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