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Democrats Say Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 5:00am

Senate Democrats see defense of the Affordable Care Act's popular provisions as a rally issue that could keep their caucus unified when Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation battle heats up.

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If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:21pm

As with current abortion policies, a reversal of the landmark court decision would mean a woman's access to the procedure would continue to be determined by where she lives.

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 1:21pm

While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.

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Q&A: Wider Knowledge About Cancer Prevention Would Reduce U.S. Deaths

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:19pm

Cancer death rates remain high for some groups of people, including African-Americans, despite general gains made in recent decades. The American Cancer Society has ideas about reducing the gaps.

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Medical Clinics That Treat Refugees Help Determine The Case For Asylum

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 5:02am

It often falls to health care providers to discern whether the asylum-seekers who say they've been tortured or persecuted in their homeland bear physical and psychological evidence of that harm.

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Scientists Find New Tricks For Old Drugs

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 4:23pm

Researchers are looking to redeploy drugs used for years to treat cholesterol and high blood pressure as remedies for influenza and Ebola.

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How Highly Focused Sound Waves Steadied A Farmer's Trembling Hand

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:06am

Tree farmer Alan Dambach's tremor got so bad he couldn't read his own signature. Then he tried a new procedure that uses sound waves to destroy specific brain cells.

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To Repel Ticks, Try Spraying Your Clothes With A Pesticide That Mimics Mums

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 5:06am

Just in time for summer hikes and outdoor play, a study finds that the ticks that often convey Lyme disease become unable to bite, and soon die, after exposure to clothing treated with permethrin.

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Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid Prescribing Debate

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 6:10pm

States are passing laws that limit a doctor's ability to prescribe opioids. Doctors and patients alike are wrestling with what that means in cases of chronic pain

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Autistic New Yorkers Share Their Stim-Toy Stories With 'Aftereffect'

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 7:30am

Autistic adults talked about their soothing stim toys with WNYC Studios, creator of the Aftereffect podcast. It examines the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, an autistic man involved in a police shooting.

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With More Opioid Use, People Are More Likely To Get Caught Up In The Justice System

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:28pm

A new study shows Americans with opioid addiction are more likely to have been arrested or convicted of a crime, suggesting a need to involve police, courts and jails in treating addiction.

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Nebraska May Join Utah, Idaho in Putting Medicaid Expansion Before Voters

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:50pm

A coalition in Nebraska turned in enough signatures to put Medicaid expansion on November's ballot. Supporters say expansion could bring health insurance to around 90,000 low-income Nebraskans

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Family Caregivers Exchange Tips, Share Stories To Ease Alzheimer's Losses

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:59am

As the number of people with Alzheimer's climbs, so does the number of loved ones caring for them. The health of 16 million unpaid U.S. caregivers has become a focus for Alzheimer's advocacy groups.

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A Twist On Charles Dickens: He Was A Public Health Pioneer Too

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:21pm

A new museum exhibit in London reveals a hidden side of the literary great. It turns out he was prolific not just as a novelist, but also as a promoter of public health and medical discoveries.

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The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 5:30am

Some firefighters, EMTS and police officers say recent mass shootings have brought to the surface their own trauma, buried over years on the job. Many find it hard to open up and seek help.

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For Women Over 30, There May Be A Better Choice Than The Pap Smear

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 2:48pm

A new study adds weight to the evidence that an HPV test can more accurately test for cervical cancer risk than a Pap smear.

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How More Carbon Dioxide In The Air Could Lead To More Human Disease

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 2:34pm

Nutrients in crops fall as carbon dioxide rises. People who don't get enough of the right nutrients are more likely to get sick. Researchers have now estimated the effects.

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Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Face Tough Decisions On Questionable Billing Schemes

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 7:20am

Management consultants have been buying up struggling rural hospitals, claiming they can turn their finances around. But are those strategies in the hospitals' best interest?

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More Nurse Practitioners Are Pursuing Residency Training To Hone Skills

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 5:00am

Proponents of postgraduate residencies say the extra clinical training boosts expertise in dealing with complex medical cases. But some nurse practitioner groups see the programs as unnecessary.

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Many Common Sunscreens May Harm Coral. Here's What To Use Instead

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 5:04am

Hawaii is about to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals that have been shown to harm coral reefs. Environmentalists urge a switch to mineral-based products.

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