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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm
The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.
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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:57pm
Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.
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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:31am
An analysis finds that if you're deficient in vitamin D, taking a supplement might cut your risk of respiratory infections. But there's disagreement on what's considered deficient.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 7:31pm
CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:01pm
The White House is proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act to stabilize the insurance market as Congress moves to repeal and replace the sweeping health care law.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:35pm
Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:36am
A January poll finds that people's stress levels have spiked since August, with two-thirds of people saying they're worried about the future of the nation.
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Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:00am
Even many people eligible for a health savings account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:15pm
Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:01pm
The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:05am
Cooling caps haven't been studied much in the U.S., and only one is approved by the FDA. Studies of two different caps show they can reduce hair loss by half in many women undergoing chemo.
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Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:00am
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from enforcing a rule allowing insurers to refuse to insure dialysis patients who get financial assistance from charity groups.
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Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:47pm
Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.
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Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:30am
A study tracking depression rates among U.S. teens from 2005 to 2014 finds an increase — especially among girls. A steady diet of harsh judgments from social media may play a role, researchers say.
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Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:47am
A quarter of doctors practicing in the U.S. went to medical school elsewhere. Many of these physicians practice in parts of this country that the government says need more primary care providers.
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Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:24am
The stroke left Christine Hyung-Oak Lee unable remember things for more than 15 minutes. As she slowly got better, she was surprised to find that grief and recovery were inextricably linked.
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Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:53am
The nation's doctors are more Democratic, female, and supportive of the Affordable Care Act than their physician counterparts in Congress.
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Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:10am
Citing a Kaiser Health News investigation, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will examine potential abuses of incentives to spur development of drugs for rare diseases.
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Fri, 02/10/2017 - 5:00am
In 2014, the government said health providers would have to register with Medicare in order to prescribe drugs to beneficiaries. Delays have pushed back the requirement until 2019.
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Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:33pm
A look at how five states' Affordable Care Act exchanges fared shows that more populous markets had an easier time keeping prices down and offering a choice of plans and providers.
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