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Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:00am

What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.

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Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.

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Common Lead Test Can Give False Results, FDA Warns

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:12pm

Common blood tests for lead can give falsely-low results in certain cases, according to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Secret To Maine's Touted High-Risk Pool? Enough Money

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:51am

GOP legislators say Maine's "invisible high-risk pool" was a good model for how to insure people who have pre-existing conditions. Critics say Maine's program was much better funded than the GOP plan.

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From A Millennial To Her Peers: Want to Help The Underserved? Sign Up For Insurance

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:00am

A law student was touched when she had a seizure during a big exam and classmates dropped everything to help. But if you really want to help sick people, she says, "you'll sign up for health care."

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Texas Wants To Set Its Own Rules For Federal Family Planning Funds

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm

In 2011, Texas gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude Planned Parenthood, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.

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Texas Wants Medicaid Funds, Right To Keep Planned Parenthood From Getting Any

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 9:58pm

In 2011, the state gave up millions in federal Medicaid funding so it could exclude the chain of clinics, which counts abortion among the procedures it provides, from its women's health program.

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Candidates Confront GOP Health Care Bill In Montana Special Election

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Health care is on the minds of many potential voters in Montana, but the House health bill itself is unlikely to sway entrenched Republican voters in the special election next week.

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An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:58pm

Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger — like fentanyl. A few needle exchange programs give users test strips to check their drug's content before injecting.

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Price's Remarks On Opioid Treatment Were Unscientific And Damaging, Experts Say

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:57am

Nearly 700 experts signed a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price asking that he correct remarks in which he called medication-assisted treatment for addiction "substituting one opioid for another."

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Trump Refusal to 'Bail Out' Insurers Might End Up Making Policies Cheaper

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:53am

It's a weird twist: If the government refuses to reimburse insurance companies for cost-sharing subsidies, it could make health insurance a lot cheaper for people buying on the exchanges in 2018.

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GOP Health Bill Penalizes Patients Who Let Insurance Lapse

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:30am

In some states, a break in health coverage of more than 63 days would let insurers charge premiums of any price for a year — putting health insurance out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.

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Doctors Who Are Moms Say They Face Discrimination At Work

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:27pm

Female physicians with children say they have almost all experienced discrimination at work because of pregnancy, maternity leave or breast feeding.

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Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Lowers Blacks' Blood Pressure

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:21am

African-Americans experienced a drop in blood pressure when they moved from highly segregated neighborhoods to more integrated areas, according to a study that followed people's health for decades.

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Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Try A Nap Pod

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:38am

A high school in New Mexico is experimenting with light-shielding lounge chairs where frazzled students can rest. Research suggests it leads to calmer, less anxious teens who do better in school.

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Yawning May Promote Social Bonding Even Between Dogs And Humans

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 4:37am

Bears do it, bats do it. So do dogs and humans. They all yawn. It's a common behavior, but why is a bit of a mystery. Researchers think yawning may perk up the brain and help with social bonding.

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Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist In Sudden Infant Deaths

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:05am

Babies in Native American and Alaska Native families are at higher risk of sudden unexplained infant death, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. African-American families also face higher risk.

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A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 5:00am

An unexpectedly rich reward of motherhood is the chance to show your child how to deal with traits passed down from you. A third-generation perfectionist and her daughter compare notes on Mr. P.

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In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:52pm

Dr. Adam McMahan comes to Klukwan, a tiny town in Southeast Alaska, just two days a week. But he's come to know his patients well, and attends to more than just their medical needs.

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Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:47pm

Inflatable beds are increasingly popular, and their soft, impermeable surfaces, increase risk of sudden infant death. But they are often the only bed that a family can afford.

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