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Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:00am

Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups are suing the federal government because they say their grants for sex education and pregnancy prevention were canceled without explanation.

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Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:14pm

In a planned upgrade of Apple's operating system for iPhones, the Health app will include health records, so people can take detailed, personal health information anywhere.

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Maryland's No-Cost Vasectomy Law May Leave Some Patients Behind

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:00am

State officials seeking to cover birth control methods for both men and women are trying to make sure the new law doesn't conflict with federal rules for health savings accounts.

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Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes '20 Years Late'

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:27pm

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, won't promote opioids to doctors anymore. In Maine, physicians say the change should have happened long ago.

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Trump's Budget Proposal Swings At Drug Prices But May Land Only A Glancing Blow

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:59am

The Trump administration rolled out a list of actions in its budget proposal to attack drug prices, but most of the measures dance around the edges of the problem.

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Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 6:00am

Economists tracking federal mortality data say the opioid crisis is undercutting the productivity of people in their prime working years — 30s and 40s.

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Your Besotted Brain: A Neuroscience Love Song

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:00am

A Valentine's music video from Skunk Bear explores the ways your brain and body change when you fall in love — and change again as love deepens and matures.

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Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:03am

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

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It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:55pm

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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Can A Patient Gown Makeover Move Hospitals To Embrace Change?

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 9:39am

A Maryland hospital chain is testing new gowns that offer more coverage for patients' backsides. It's not the first time designers have tried to change the despised garment, without much success.

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More Religious Leaders Challenge Silence, Isolation Surrounding Suicide

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00am

Many faith leaders are looking past suicide as a sin to help spot and support those suffering from mental health issues in their communities.

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Spot Shortages Of Antiviral Drugs Seen As Flu Season Drags On

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:13pm

Flu drugs recommended for vulnerable people, including young children and the elderly, are getting hard to find in some parts of the country, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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'Invisibilia': The Otherworldly Alien Hand Syndrome, Animated

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 9:03am

Imagine trying to play the piano or button a shirt, while one hand does something else, entirely of its own volition. Invisibilia explored this phenomenon. More stories are coming in the new season.

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Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:28am

The Senate agreement is now before the House, which needs to act by midnight to avert a shutdown. The deal appears to include almost every health priority Democrats have been pushing in recent months.

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What Not To Say To The Terminally Ill: 'Everything Happens For A Reason'

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:02am

Kate Bowler has lived with stage 4 cancer for years. Her new memoir details what she's found out about herself and suffering. "You have to learn to be present, even when things are absurd," she says.

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Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:22pm

Opioids are a public health emergency, the president says, but he hasn't acted on the White House opioid commission's recommendations to expand treatment.

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Instead Of Expanding Treatment For Opioids, Trump Says He Will Focus On Enforcing Laws

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:22pm

After declaring opioids a public health emergency, President Trump hasn't acted on recommendations of a White House Commission on Opioids to expand treatment. Instead of treatment, he says his administration's focus will be on tougher enforcement of drug laws.

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Nurse Calls Cops After Woman Seeks Help For Postpartum Depression. Right Call?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 5:00am

A package of mental health bills in California aims to make it easier for new moms to get help and to build awareness among more health workers of postpartum mood disorders.

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A Tiny Pulse Of Electricity Can Help The Brain Form Lasting Memories

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 1:35pm

Technology that uses electrical stimulation to tweak the brain may eventually help people with memory problems caused by a brain injury or Alzheimer's disease.

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How Trump's Funding Cuts Threaten 'Basic Health Program' Plans

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 5:00am

The elimination of cost-sharing reduction subsidies slashes payments for a program that provides low-cost health insurance in New York and Minnesota.

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