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A Roundup Of The Controversies Over Rep. Tom Price's Investments

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:59pm

The nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services traded in health care stocks while pressing legislation that may have helped the companies he invested in.

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Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:10pm

Once an elite swimmer and a Yale grad, Siphiwe Baleka now coaches 3,000 fellow truckers on the best ways to work out, eat right and stay connected on the road. Drivers say his wellness plan works.

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How Large Employer Health Plans Could Be Affected By Obamacare Overhaul

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:00am

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.

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Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:41pm

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

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What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:19pm

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

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Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:12pm

Parents have to weigh a lot of factors in deciding whether their kid should get a sick day. But day care centers may make the decision for you — and their rules are not always evidence based.

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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:09pm

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:56am

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

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For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:39pm

We often imagine the best medical care as a miracle cure. Atul Gawande argues that for chronic illness, the best care may be a long, slow process of improving health a little bit at a time.

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:36pm

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

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From Twitter To Treatment Guidelines, Industry Influence Permeates Medicine

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:01am

Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The way we think about disease "is being subtly distorted" by financial ties, the authors of an accompanying editorial write.

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Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:59am

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 4:42am

If your mom had to run through the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

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That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 6:00am

Federal funding for the group that helps supply women's reproductive health care is built into multiple places in the budget, and stripping it out is not as simple as it may sound.

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In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:29pm

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

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Marijuana's Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:50pm

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine sorted through 10,000 studies to determine the good and bad health effects of marijuana. Tight drug restrictions impede research, they say.

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Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:14pm

When scientists activate hunting circuits in the brains of genetically modified mice, the animals attack insects and even bottle caps as prey. It gives clues to the evolution of hunting in humans.

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Menopause Mystery: Why Do Female Killer Whales Experience The Change Of Life?

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:02pm

Killer whales are one of only three species known to have menopause. Researchers are looking at the conflict and cooperation between older and younger female whales to understand why.

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Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:00am

A new analysis of U.S. health insurance claims is worrisome, pediatricians say: More and more young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:35am

A statewide collaborative of nail salons now has 120 members; all have made ventilation upgrades and switched from toxic products to safer ones. Will clients be willing to pay extra to help workers?

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