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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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