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If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

2 hours 35 min ago

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:56pm

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

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Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:55am

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

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Floating Away Your Anxiety And Stress

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:55am

Americans' stress levels rose significantly over the past year, according to the American Psychological Association. A doctor tries float therapy to see if it can help him feel less stressed out.

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As She Evacuated Patients From The Hospital, Her Home Burned

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 8:02am

On extremely short notice, two hospitals had to evacuate all their patients as wildfires spread rapidly through Santa Rosa, Calif., last Sunday and Monday. One nurse on duty tells her story.

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 8:02am

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

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Trump Decision to End Insurance Subsidies Sparks Outrage, Lawsuits

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:38am

Several state attorneys general say they'll sue to protect the subsidies that help defray costs for low-income consumers. Many physician groups say they oppose the administration's action.

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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 7:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

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New Rule On Moral Objections To Contraception Aimed At 2 Groups

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

The administration's decision to allow some employers to bypass a requirement to provide no-cost contraceptives to women on moral grounds would benefit specific anti-abortion groups.

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'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:28pm

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.

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Halt In Subsidies For Health Insurers Expected To Drive Up Costs For Middle Class

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:52am

The administration's move late Thursday was the second swipe that day at the insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act.

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:31pm

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.

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FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:43pm

After many setbacks for genetic therapies, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first gene treatment for an inherited form of blindness.

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Tiny, Transparent Worm Challenges Notions About Sex

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 5:00am

Scientists have found a group of worms that haven't reproduced sexually for 18 million years. Normally that would be a recipe for quick extinction, but these little guys seem none the worse for wear.

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Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:44pm

Smoking, drug abuse and diabetes are all modifiable risk factors for stroke. Yet a large study of patients hospitalized for stroke suggests the number of people with these risk factors is rising.

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Giving Birth Is Hard Enough — Now Try It In The Middle Of A Wildfire

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 3:24pm

Wildfires that spread quickly in Northern California meant that hospitals had to evacuate on the fly. One woman in the middle of childbirth tells her story.

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Could Making Cancer Screening Simpler Increase Women's Risk?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00am

An influential task force says that either a Pap test or an HPV test is enough to screen for cervical cancer. But key medical groups say that strategy could miss cancers, especially in minority women.

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Why A Long-Term-Disability Policy Is More Important Than Pet Insurance

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:12am

Though not as trendy as pet insurance, a long-term-disability policy is pretty cheap and can save your bacon if you have an accident, get cancer or otherwise can't work for a few months or years.

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California Governor Signs Law To Make Drug Pricing More Transparent

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:25pm

This is the first step in a long game to develop clearer prescription drug pricing laws around the country, health policy experts say.

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