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Medicaid Work Requirement Wouldn't Shrink Spending Much

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:21pm

Most of the people on Medicaid are elderly, disabled or children, so a GOP proposal to require able-bodied recipients to work probably won't add up to big cost savings, analysts say.

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Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:02am

Women often worry that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy, but the data shows it's almost always good for both mother and the developing fetus. As with so many things, moderation is key.

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Harvard Scientists Call For Better Rules To Guide Research On 'Embryoids'

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:01am

Some recent studies in synthetic biology, they say, raise new questions about the ethical limits of creating entities that might feel pain or resemble human embryos — or mimic humans in other ways.

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Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: People who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

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GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

The GOP plan would fine insurance buyers who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days a year. The penalty? A 30 percent surcharge every month for 12 months.

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Ketamine For Severe Depression: 'How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People?'

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:19pm

More and more doctors are offering ketamine, an anesthetic and club drug, to severely depressed patients who haven't responded to other treatments.

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Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:39pm

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.

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Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:13pm

"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.

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Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines In Teen Opioid Use

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:56am

A pair of long-term studies found fewer children and teenagers are coming in contact with opioids, and that hospitalizations from the drugs are down. The same is not true for adults.

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Leading The Charge Against The GOP Health Plan, Rep. Mark Meadows Is Right At Home

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:08am

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows enjoys strong support in his western North Carolina district as he leads conservative opposition to the GOP's health overhaul plan.

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Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:56am

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

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How Millennials Win And Lose Under The GOP Health Bill

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:03am

The Affordable Care Act covers 8 million millennials through Medicaid expansion, insurance exchanges, and the ability to stay on a parent's plan until age 26. The GOP health bill limits some options.

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My Unlovely Lady Lump: When MRSA Is Ugly, But Not Life-Threatening

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:00am

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections don't always start in hospitals, and they aren't always particularly dangerous. But, even after a MRSA-infected wound heals, the bacteria often remain.

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Should The U.S. Government Buy A Drug Company To Save Money?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49pm

Most of the millions in the U.S. who are infected with hepatitis C can't afford the cure. Some say the U.S. could save money and cure more people if it bought the drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc.

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Let's Hope That Match Day Brings Us Lots Of Foreign-Born Doctors

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:18am

About one quarter of medical residents in the U.S. are graduates of foreign medical schools. Many practice medicine in communities that have a hard time recruiting doctors.

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Common Blood Tests Can Help Predict Chronic Disease Risk

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:20am

The creators of the risk assessment score say they want to help primary care physicians better identify patients who need extra counseling and follow-up.

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Pricey New Cholesterol Drug's Effect On Heart Disease Is More Modest Than Hoped

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:36am

The injectible drug Repatha is spectacularly good at lowering cholesterol. But the first big clinical trial of its ability to prevent heart attack and stroke finds smaller benefits.

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Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:23am

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.

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Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:09pm

Making contraceptives available over the counter is safe, a review of research finds, and could lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies in both teens and adult women.

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One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

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