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Dog Owners Walk 22 Minutes More Per Day. And Yes, It Counts As Exercise

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:35pm

A new study finds dog owners on average walk 22 more minutes more per day compared to people without dogs. The benefits of walking include a lower risk of heart disease and premature death.

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A Drugmaker Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 8:57am

The maker of one medical treatment for opioid abuse has successfully lobbied statehouses around the country to pass policies that tilt addiction treatment practices in favor of the company's drug.

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Is Zika Still A Problem In Florida And The Caribbean?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:00am

The Zika outbreak in Florida is officially over. And cases are dropping across the Caribbean. But doctors say the risk to pregnant women there — whether residents or travelers — isn't gone.

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A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:00am

The Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando a year ago killed 49 people. It was a horrific scene for first responders, and some are still struggling to cope with what they saw that night.

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As Popularity Of Baby Boxes Grows, Skeptics Say More Testing Is Needed

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:41am

New mom Maisha Watson uses one of the 20,000 cardboard boxes given out so far in New Jersey. She's glad to have a safe spot for her son to sleep. But some question the boxes' safety and effectiveness.

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GOP's Proposed Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 8:12am

Expanding Medicaid has helped many people caught up in the opioid epidemic get treatment. But doctors say the proposed Republican changes to the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize these programs.

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Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 5:00am

Journalists should quit calling a person who uses drugs an "addict," according to The Associated Press Stylebook. This follows a trend toward "person first" descriptions of people with diseases.

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A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 5:00am

As a science journalist, I know vaccines are safe. But when it was time to take my son to get his shots, I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by fear. Does science stand a chance against emotion?

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Got Cancer Questions? This Little-Known Hotline Is Here To Help

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:14pm

For 40 years, people have been able to call a service funded by the National Cancer Institute to get information about cancer treatments. Doctors say it's still useful even in the age of Twitter.

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FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 8:56pm

The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.

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CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:24pm

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.

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Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:11pm

In the year since the state enacted a law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminal patients who request it, over 500 people have sought that help. But some doctors are still reluctant.

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Fetuses Respond To Face-Like Patterns, Study Suggests

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:37pm

Fetuses in the third trimester responded more often to patterns that resembled faces than patterns that did not. The findings don't mean fetuses can recognize their parents' faces before they're born.

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Invisibilia: Should Wild Bears Be Feared Or Befriended?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00am

A photographer who walks deep into the woods in search of a wild bear wonders if his curiosity will overcome his fear. Can bears and humans co-exist?

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Learn To Sniff Like A Dog And Experience The World In A New Way

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:00am

We humans think we don't have a very good sense of smell. But psychologist Alexandra Horowitz says dogs can show us how to train our noses so they give us a window into a secret world.

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Some Small Tumors In Breasts May Not Be So Bad After All

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 5:01pm

Research indicates a significant number of the tumors detected through mammography are small because they are prone to slow growth. The findings suggest many are unlikely to become life-threatening.

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

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315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:17pm

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?

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If The Individual Insurance Market Crashes, Can People Still Get Coverage?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:31pm

The Trump administration is putting pressure on the fragile market for individuals who buy their own health coverage, which will almost certainly mean higher prices and fewer choices next year.

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Hospitals Are Partnering With Lawyers To Treat Patients' Legal Needs

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:54pm

Roughly 300 health care systems around the country have set up medical-legal collaborations to help patients solve legal problems that can affect their health — at little or no cost to the patients.

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