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When Men Get Breast Cancer, They Enter A World Of Pink

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.

A Voter's Guide To The Health Law Chatter

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.

High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

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.

House Hearing Probes The Mystery Of High Drug Prices That 'Nobody Pays'

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.

Could Hospital ERs Provide Missing Data On Police Shootings?

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.

Pentagon Launches Pilot Program For Military Women

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.

California Exchange Chief Rips UnitedHealth For Obamacare Excuses

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.

A Peek Inside Turing Pharmaceuticals: 'Another $7.2 Million. Pow!'

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.

Study Suggests Surgical Residents Can Safely Work Longer Shifts

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.

Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans

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.

Why Critical Illness Insurance Is Gaining Popularity

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.

Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches

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.

CDC Endorses A More Effective HPV Vaccine To Prevent Cancer

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.

Modest Price Cut Expected For Generic Version Of Cancer Pill Gleevec

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.

Can Extreme Exercise Hurt Your Heart? Swim The Pacific To Find Out

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.

Can Extreme Exercise Hurt Your Heart? Swim The Pacfic To Find Out

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.

Film Portrays A 'Perfect Storm' That Led To Unwanted Sterilizations For Many Latinas

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.

Feds Hopeful Hispanics Will Respond As Open Enrollment Comes To A Close

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.

Clinton Runs As Wonk In Chief, Trying To Win Hearts With Plans

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?

The Doctor's Computer Will Email You Now

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?