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Veteran Receives Penis Transplant To Repair War Wound

1 hour 53 min ago

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital say 11 surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery in March. The patient, who requested anonymity, is expected to be released from the hospital this week

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Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

14 hours 9 min ago

An FDA advisory committee last week urged approval of a drug containing cannabidiol to treat a form of epilepsy. Other scientists wonder if CBD might ease anxiety or other disorders, too.

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When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 7:00am

In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

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Texas Disability Group Wants Victims' Voices Heard In Gun Debate

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:04pm

Advocates in Texas wants to help people who've been disabled by gun violence talk to lawmakers. Victims say they have a big stake in how guns are regulated.

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How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:48am

NPR correspondent Alison Kodjak's mom was admitted to the hospital for four nights after a fall. Because the hospital said she was an outpatient, Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitative care.

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Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 5:00am

One in four calls to the Washington, D.C., 911 line isn't an emergency. The city now has triage nurses working with dispatchers to get callers with less urgent needs a same-day clinic visit instead.

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Gene Therapy For Inherited Blood Disorder Reduced Transfusions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:01pm

A small study finds promise for using gene therapy to treat patients with beta-thalassemia, a blood condition that can cause severe anemia. The experimental treatment is in early development.

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How People Learned To Recognize Monkey Calls Reveals How We All Make Sense Of Sound

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:04pm

A brain imaging study of grown-ups hints at how children learn that "dog" and "fog" have different meanings, even though they sound so much alike.

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In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs As The Hardship Continues

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 7:14am

Six months after Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico, patience in the remote mountain village of Castañer is wearing thin. Mental anguish persists among people still waiting for reliable electricity.

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To Prevent Falls In Older Age, Try Regular Exercise

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 1:04pm

After reviewing the medical evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended exercise as the most effective approach for older people seeking to minimize the risk of falling.

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Federal Appeals Court Finds State's Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:25pm

Legal analysts say the decision to overturn Maryland's law could slow momentum for other states that are attempting to take action to curb high drug costs.

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New York City Mice Carry Bacteria That Can Make People Sick

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:04am

An analysis of mice in the Big Apple finds that many harbor bacteria that can make humans sick if exposed to the animals' droppings. Some of the bacterial strains were resistant to antibiotics.

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Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 5:00am

An agency that advises Congress recommends a 30 percent reduction in some federal reimbursements to free-standing ERs that are within 6 miles of a hospital.

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Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:43pm

Research finds that more than two-thirds of lung cancer patients who received Keytruda plus chemotherapy would be alive a year later, compared with about half of people who only got chemotherapy.

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Merck Immunotherapy Drug Shines In Lung Cancer Study

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:43pm

Research finds that more than two-thirds of lung cancer patients who received Keytruda plus chemotherapy would be alive a year later, compared with about half of people who only got chemotherapy.

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Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 5:00am

High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

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Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:14am

People responding to surveys sometimes misstate their drug use. Canada will check wastewater for traces of drugs to more accurately assess consumption.

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Male OB-GYNs Are Rare, But Is That A Problem?

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 5:00am

Women outnumber men in obstetrics and gynecology residencies and medical practices in the U.S. Heads of training programs now wonder if they should go out of their way to recruit more men.

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Senate Bill Aims to Broaden Access To Hearing Services

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:00pm

The measure would remove a potential barrier to getting hearing aids by allowing Medicare beneficiaries to go to an audiologist for a hearing test to diagnose a hearing problem without a referral.

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Make Room For Baby: After Giving Birth, Duckworth Presses Senate To Bend Rules

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:34am

The Illinois Democrat is the first sitting senator to give birth. She's using the opportunity to call on the Senate to adjust its rules to accommodate new parents and elevate family-friendly policies.

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