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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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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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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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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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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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Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:26am
The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.
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Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:37am
Opana ER has been linked to an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana among people who abuse the opioid painkiller. An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration says the drug is too risky.
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Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:35am
A medical residency program is the next training step for newly minted doctors, and awaiting "the match" can be tense. For some international students, Trump's travel ban has made that tension worse.
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Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:06pm
Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.
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Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:05pm
The director of National Drug Control Policy under President Obama, Michael Botticelli, says the proposed GOP health bill would decrease access to treatment in the middle of an opioid crisis.
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Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:29pm
In a preliminary study, the cancer drug nilotinib seemed to help patients with Parkinson's and dementia. Now two larger and more rigorous studies of the drug are under way.
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Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:00am
Cancer patients increasingly delay or skip taking medication because they can't afford it. New drugs that can cost $100,000 or more a year mean more people suffering "financial toxicity."
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:34pm
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that defunding Planned Parenthood would cause an uptick in births. Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid.
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:28pm
The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:01pm
One couple sped up their wedding plans because of concern over how a GOP health plan might affect them. The bride had bad experiences in getting health insurance before Obamacare.
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 12:12pm
The Congressional Budget Office says millions of people would lose coverage under the proposed House bill. But the CBO's definition of insurance is more generous than what Republicans want.
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 5:00am
Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.
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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:57am
Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.
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Mon, 03/13/2017 - 5:07pm
The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande says the Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to attract the young, healthy people who are crucial to the health insurance market.
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Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:52pm
The number of children injured by strollers, cribs, carriers and other nursery products is on the rise. Researchers say both parents and manufacturers can do things to limit injuries.
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