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A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.
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The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.
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If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.
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Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:39pm
The two-pronged approach to promoting safe sleep led to a 25 percent drop in the risky practice of bed sharing with babies in the first eight days of life, a study found. But more research is needed.
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Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:00am
The delay in coming up with a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is making it hard for Congress to reauthorize funding for health care for 9 million children through the popular CHIP program.
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Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:00am
Two travel tips are often overlooked by clinicians, and can be especially helpful when people are headed to places with less-than-ideal plumbing and sewage systems.
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Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:02am
Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.
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Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:00am
In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.
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Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am
Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.
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Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:44pm
More than half of Americans suffer lower back pain each year, the latest NPR/Truven Health Analytics survey finds. And they're often not going for treatments recommended as safest and most effective.
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Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:50pm
OB-GYNs and primary doctors disagree on whether women need a pelvic exam every year. When women were told a medical society recommended against it, they were much less likely to have the exam.
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Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:00am
What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.
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Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:49pm
Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.
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Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:12pm
Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.
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Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:51am
GOP legislators say Maine's "invisible high-risk pool" was a good model for how to insure people who have pre-existing conditions. Critics say Maine's program was much better funded than the GOP plan.
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Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:00am
A law student was touched when she had a seizure during a big exam and classmates dropped everything to help. But if you really want to help sick people, she says, "you'll sign up for health care."
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Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm
In 2011, Texas gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude Planned Parenthood, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.
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Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm
In 2011, the state gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude the chain of clinics, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.
Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:00pm
Health care is on the minds of many potential voters in Montana, but the House health bill itself is unlikely to sway entrenched Republican voters in the special election next week.
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Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:58pm
Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger — like fentanyl. A few needle exchange programs give users test strips to check their drug's content before injecting.
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