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Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 3:47pm

Old Italian violins like those made by Stradivari are famous for their ability to project their sound. But a study found people in a blind test thought new violins projected better than old ones.

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Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:32pm

People often turn to public restrooms as a place to get high on opioids. It has led some establishments to close their facilities, while others are training employees to help people who overdose.

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Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:29am

Geographic inequality in life span is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

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Businesses Push Back On Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 7:15am

Dozens of states and cities require businesses to offer paid sick leave. But some employers are looking for ways to pre-empt those requirements, including at the federal level.

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Measuring Drug Impairment In Drivers Is Easier Said Than Done

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:00am

A report on the potential influence of alcohol or drug impairment on traffic fatalities points to the difficulty of comparing alcohol impairment standards to other drugs.

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5 Things To Watch As GOP Health Bill Moves To The Senate

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:42pm

Just three "no" votes by Senate Republicans would likely be enough to sink the GOP health bill. Democrats who lost the battle in the House are still convinced they can win the political war.

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Winners And Losers Under The House GOP Health Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

The version of the American Health Care Act passed by the House eliminates taxes on corporations and wealthy people and shrinks Medicaid coverage. A chart breaks down who would be affected and how.

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Here Is What's In The House-Approved Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 3:16pm

The House GOP's bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would all but eliminate the requirement that people buy health insurance and shrink Medicaid coverage. It also cuts taxes for the wealthy.

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To Bring Down Stubbornly High Blood Pressure, It Helps To Have A Team

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:56am

A quick prescription and annual lecture from a doctor often aren't enough to help people control hypertension. So some clinics now mobilize teams of health pros to motivate and support patients.

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Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child's Concussion

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 5:00am

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.

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House To Vote On GOP Health Care Bill Thursday With Leadership Sure Of Support

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:17pm

After a series of changes, including one to create federal high-risk pools, the Republicans' health care plan is headed back to the House floor for a vote. The majority leader says it will pass.

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Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:24pm

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.

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Understanding The History Behind Communities' Vaccine Fears

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:43pm

A measles outbreak in Minnesota's Somali-American community is the latest example of the challenges public health officials face in addressing deeply ingrained concerns about vaccine safety.

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Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:42am

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.

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As House GOP Struggles With A Health Care Bill, Republican Options Narrow

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:00am

Despite pressure from the White House and GOP leaders, Republicans have not yet secured enough votes to get health care replacement through the House, let alone the Senate. So, what are their choices?

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A Child's Suffering Drives A Mother To Seek Untested Treatments

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:48pm

When medication wasn't relieving her 3-year-old son's juvenile arthritis, Susannah Meadows started investigating non-medical treatments like diet and supplements.

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Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:05pm

The CDC says the death rate for black Americans fell 25 percent over 17 years and was especially dramatic for those 65 and older. But young black people are still dying earlier than white Americans.

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Doctors Prescribe More Generics When Drug Reps Are Kept At Bay

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:21am

Doctors were more likely to choose generic drugs over pricier brand names when teaching hospitals limited access by pharmaceutical sales representatives, a study finds.

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A New Generation Overthrows Gender

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:00am

Parents, schools and elected officials are working to catch up and adapt to the needs of children and teens who don't fit into familiar gender categories.

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Fasting Studies Clash With Our Desire To Eat What We Want, When We Want It

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:32pm

Fasting every other day is no better for losing weight or keeping it off than restricting calories every day, a study suggests. And it's yet another example of how hard it is to study fasting.

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