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Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:20am

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:38am

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Poets Give Voice To The Toll Of Type 2 Diabetes

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:34am

Doctors and poets are collaborating in California to encourage young people to tell stories about Type 2 diabetes in their communities.

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Opponents Spar In Court Over Texas Clinics That Do Abortions

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 5:47pm

Three federal judges heard arguments Friday over whether a Texas law that would, in effect, shutter 11 health clinics that perform abortions puts an undue burden on women.

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Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:44am

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

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A Doctor Who Performed Abortions In South Texas Makes His Case

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:35pm

Texas restrictions on abortion providers have led many clinics to close. Poor women in some spots, like the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, have lost their access to abortion services.

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FDA Approves New Diet Pill That's Made Of Old Medicines

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:01pm

Contrave will be available in pharmacies this fall. But the companies working on the drug's marketing won't say how much it will cost.

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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:55am

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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How Could A Doctor's Death From Ebola Possibly Be 'Good'?

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:42am

He giggled, he swore, he was afraid of Ebola. This summer, he was infected by a patient he treated. Two colleagues remember Dr. Samuel Brisbane's good life — and reflect on the idea of a good death.

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Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:36am

The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.

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New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:52pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration is loosening up its rules so that people will have more ways of disposing of drugs that can be risky to keep around after they're no longer needed.

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Feds Hope Hitting Nursing Homes In The Wallet Will Cut Overmedication

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:45pm

A U.S. attorney has sued two nursing homes in Watsonville, Calif., alleging that they failed to provide the acceptable care they were paid for by the government.

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Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:30am

There's nothing like an ambulance when you really need one, but they're expensive, and a lot of people who call an ambulance would actually be better served with a different, cheaper kind of care.

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