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Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:14pm

Scientists say some of the earliest cave art found in Europe was done before humans arrived; thus, Neanderthal art, suggesting that our "brutish" cousins were capable of symbolic thinking.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:40pm

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:40pm

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 5:00am

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

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ER Reduces Opioid Use By More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:02pm

Opioid prescriptions in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the U.S dropped 58 percent in the first year of an unusual program to help stem the opioid epidemic. More hospitals are copying the model.

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Anthem Says Eye Surgeons Should Monitor Cataract Anesthesia Themselves

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:03pm

The insurer says it is not usually medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand most of the time during the common surgery.

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Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:48am

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would expand short-term policies that don't have to meet the Affordable Care Act's benefit requirements.

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How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 5:00am

Finally getting out from under the flu? Just because you're feeling better doesn't mean you can't get other people sick. You can spread the flu for longer than you might think.

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She Survived Breast Cancer, But Says A Treatment Side Effect 'Almost Killed' Her

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:50am

When many lymph nodes are removed along with a tumor, some patients develop painful and debilitating swelling — lymphedema. More doctors should recognize and help prevent the problem, surgeons say.

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:49am

The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer in women and some cancers in men. It's most effective when given early in adolescence. But a new analysis finds only 29 percent of teens get it by age 13.

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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 5:00am

Their first epiphanies came during musings over beer, and evolved into a decade of teamwork. Two Harvard researchers explain why they think Alzheimer's disease may be traced to an immunity glitch.

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 8:08am

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

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An Out-Of-Network Lab, An Elaborate Urine Test And Then A Surprise Bill

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:15am

Elizabeth Moreno got hit with a $17,850 bill from a Texas lab after leaving a urine sample at her doctor's office. The lab had tested the sample for a wide range of legal and illicit drugs.

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How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,850 Bill

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:01am

A few months after surgery for a painful spinal disk, a woman's doctor asked her for a sample of urine during a follow-up visit. The routine request turned into a financial nightmare.

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Share Your Medical Bill With Us

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:50am

Journalists from Kaiser Health News and NPR will be looking at surprising medical bills and figuring out what they can tell us about the health care system. You can share your story here.

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First Human Case From New Bird Flu: How Many More Strains Are Out There?

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:55pm

The case of a Chinese woman adds to a growing list of avian flu strains to keep an eye on, including ones that are deadly and contagious. So why are there so many?

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Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:01pm

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.

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Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:59pm

Blue Cross of Idaho unveiled new health plans that break with federal requirements in several ways, including setting premiums based on applicants' health. What will the administration do?

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Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:00am

Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups are suing the federal government because they say their grants for sex education and pregnancy prevention were canceled without explanation.

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Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:14pm

In a planned upgrade of Apple's operating system for iPhones, the Health app will include health records, so people can take detailed, personal health information anywhere.

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