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Caveats About Favored Access Method For Dialysis

1 hour 6 min ago

Not all doctors are convinced that the preferred point of connection for patients to blood-cleaning dialysis machines is always the best.

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Supreme Court Rules To Keep Texas Abortion Clinics Open

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:25pm

The Supreme Court also ruled 10 clinics that perform abortion can stay open in Texas thereby giving the clinics a chance to appeal the federal court decision ordering them to close in early June.

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Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:16am

Many companies are expected to expand coverage to same-sex spouses if they already offer benefits to opposite-sex spouses. But the recent Supreme Court decision doesn't require them to do so.

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Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:15am

Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.

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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:28am

A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.

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Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 2:25pm

Texas now explicitly allows the placenta to be taken home after giving birth in a hospital. It came about at the urging of people who feel consuming dried and encapsulated placenta helps new mothers.

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San Francisco Doctors Tap App For Nationwide LGBT Health Study

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 2:01pm

Researchers at University of California, San Francisco, are looking to an app for help in collecting health information from people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

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5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:37am

The Supreme Court ruling affirming the legality of insurance subsidies for all eligible low-income Americans regardless of where they live clears up one big question. But there are others.

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GOP Presidential Candidates Vow To Continue Fight Against Obamacare

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 5:04am

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to Republican presidential candidates, they say the political fight over Obamacare isn't going anywhere.

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Supreme Court Vindicates President; Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 5:04am

The high court preserved a key provision in Obama's signature health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts' written opinion seems to shut the door on further legal challenges to the law.

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Obamacare Ruling Moves Debate To Presidential Race, Rep. Tom Price Says

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 5:18pm

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Rep. Tom Price, who has led efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act. Price, a doctor, has introduced alternatives that he says would cover more people.

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Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies In Affordable Care Act

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:37pm

President Obama's signature health care law survived another challenge in the Supreme Court Thursday. NPR reports on the practical and political consequences, as Obama's agenda twists its way forward.

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California Law To Curtail Vaccine Exemptions Clears Hurdle

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:33pm

If the bill passes out of the Legislature, the bill would then move to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. He hasn't indicated whether he'll sign the bill.

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California Lawmakers Vote To Remove Vaccine Exemptions For Schoolchildren

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:27pm

A similar bill, which eliminates all but medical exemptions, has already passed the state Senate. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign it.

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With More People Quitting Smoking, Do We Need E-Cigarettes?

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:31pm

It's easy to think that hardcore smokers will never quit, and thus e-cigarettes without the smoke is a better alternative. The changing demographics of smoking suggests otherwise, a study finds.

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Statehouse Fights Over Obamacare To Rage On Despite Supreme Court Decision

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:20pm

Bills to advance or cripple the federal health law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

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Obama Addresses Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Subsidies

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:01pm

President Obama made comments Thursday about the Supreme Court's ruling that upholds the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are important to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:47am

The president said that after setbacks and successes, health care in America has been affirmed as "not a privilege for few, but a right for all."

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An Opponent's View On Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:30am

The court's ruling on Obamacare subsidies gives President Obama a win with his signature health care law. David Greene speaks with the Cato Institute's Michael Cannon, who opposes the law.

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Breaking Down The Supreme Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:19am

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. For details on the ruling, Renee Montagne speaks with Nina Totenberg and Mara Liasson.

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