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'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says preventing suicide among military veterans is his "number one clinical priority," and that he is working to fill some 45,000 open jobs in the agency.

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Missouri Rejects Federal Money In Order To Set Up Its Own Abortion Restrictions

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:21pm

Abortion is already heavily restricted in Missouri, but now the state is cutting more funding to organizations that provide abortions, even though it means rejecting millions of dollars from the feds.

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6 Changes The Trump Administration Can Still Make To Obamacare

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:27pm

The Republican overhaul bill died, but the health care drama continues. There are lots of ways the administration can change the Affordable Care Act, without congressional approval.

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HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:21am

In the U.S., there are about 39,000 cancers associated with the human papillomavirus each year. Doctors say the new HPV vaccine may help reduce the number of cases.

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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts To Control His Own Arm And Hand

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:42pm

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.

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Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 2:32pm

Scientists have assembled a lab system from living tissue that can replicate a woman's 28-day hormonal cycle. The goal is to use the system to find new ways to treat a host of women's health problems.

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Justice Department Joins Second Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:50pm

At issue are alleged overpayments from the government to the the insurer UnitedHealth Group, which runs popular Medicare Advantage plans.

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No Need To Get Screened For Celiac Unless You Have Symptoms, Panel Says

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:44am

A task force says there is not enough evidence to recommend testing, or not testing, people with no symptoms for celiac disease, and that people who think they do have symptoms should see a doctor.

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Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades, Study Suggests

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:02am

Researchers following a group of New Zealanders over the course of 40 years found an association between childhood lead exposure and declines in intelligence and socioeconomic status later in life.

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For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:06am

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.

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Living With Zika In Puerto Rico Means Watching, Waiting And Fearing Judgment

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:06am

The Zika virus may have infected more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico, including thousands of pregnant women. Doctors are watching babies born to infected moms who don't show birth defects.

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Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 8:00am

Many patients like the convenience of being able to quickly consult a doctor by text or phone or webcam instead of heading to an urgent care clinic. But the cost of consultations can add up.

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States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:00am

The baby boxes that Finland gives to all new mothers are legendary. Now states in the U.S. are experimenting with them as a way to encourage safe sleep practices and reduce SIDS.

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Los Angeles Health Clinic 'A Microcosm' Of The Nation's Anxieties

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:00pm

A South LA clinic started by Muslim doctors and students has served mostly low-income Latino and African-American patients for 20 years. Staff and patients now say they worry about their future.

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March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:04pm

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.

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Insurance Companies Could Profit From Fewer Customers Under GOP Plan

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:16pm

As House Republicans and the White House try reach a deal on a plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, much of the insurance industry likes what it's seeing.

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Letting States Decide Health Coverage Could Make It Harder To Buy

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:01am

House Republicans altered their health care bill to let states decide what coverage is required. That would make it harder to buy coverage for childbirth or chronic illness, analysts say.

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GOP Resurrects A Bill From 2003 To Help Small Firms Buy Health Insurance

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:00am

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports a bill that would allow "association health plans" to be sold nationally to small businesses. But critics say such plans tend to be skimpy and not well-regulated.

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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:00pm

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

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GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00pm

House Republicans are considering a deal that would remove the requirement that health insurance plans cover 10 essential health benefits, hoping to secure the votes of conservative lawmakers.

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