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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

3 hours 27 min ago

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

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Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

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Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:44pm

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.

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Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:10am

The device kept fetal lambs alive for about a month, allowing them to continue to mature. It has not been tested in humans, and some say the device raises ethical questions.

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Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:39am

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

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We're All Tired. But When Could Fatigue Mean a Medical Problem?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:03pm

Avoiding your phone and TV at night and setting a firm bedtime might solve your problem if you feel tired a lot. But fatigue can also be a sign of disease.

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Is It Time For Hearing Aids To Be Sold Over The Counter?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:28am

About 35 million Americans suffer some hearing loss, but most don't do anything about it. There's a growing effort to make hearing aids easier and cheaper to buy.

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Chemo Scrambled My Brain

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 5:00am

After an incorrect dose of a chemotherapy drug for Crohn's disease caused Anne Webster's bone marrow to shut down, she decided that, if she survived, she'd write about her experience.

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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 8:06am

New Orleans bluesman Anders Osborne is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in work environments that are often centered around drugs and alcohol.

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Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 6:00am

Men are more likely than women to put off going to the doctor. Hispanic men can face complications of culture, language and cost that make that even more likely.

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GOP Plan To Trim Insurance Benefits Might Not Tame Premiums

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00am

House Republicans are taking another stab at replacing the Affordable Care Act. But industry analysts say cutting required coverage won't meet their goal of lowering premiums for individual insurance.

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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:55pm

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.

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New GOP Health Proposal Could Ditch Protections For People Who Are Sick

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:21pm

The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:01pm

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:00am

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.

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Many Veterans Gained Health Care Through The Affordable Care Act

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:00pm

Almost half a million veterans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, cutting the number of uninsured vets by 40 percent.

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Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:45pm

The Veterans Choice program was supposed to make it quicker and easier for vets to see a doctor by paying for private-sector care. But it's ended up being slower and more complicated.

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Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:03pm

Researchers found that a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:00am

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

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Secret Data On Hospital Inspections May Soon Become Public

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:19pm

The federal government wants to require that private accreditors release reports of problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are kept confidential.

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