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Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us'

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 8:12am

Federal researchers are collecting blood samples from 1 million Americans as part of an effort called "precision medicine." But some critics worry that the path ahead is expensive and unclear.

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How To Work With Your Doctor On Healthier Goals For The New Year

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 6:01am

What health goals will you reach for in 2018? And which, if any, will you discuss with your doctor?

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A 1960s 'Hippie Clinic' In San Francisco Inspired A Medical Philosophy

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 6:00am

Fifty years ago a community health clinic first opened its doors as a safe, sympathetic space for countercultural youth. Today its motto is the same: "Health care is a right, not a privilege."

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Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:55am

The goal is to customize treatments for cancer and other diseases to a patient's own biology. But something as simple as failing to take care of tissue samples en route to the lab can derail that.

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Pain Management Program Offers An Alternative To Opioids

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 5:01am

Studies show some promising results for new approaches to opioid addiction, but some insurers won't pay for alternative treatments like classes on pain management.

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Will Gathering Vast Troves of Information Really Lead To Better Health?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:55pm

Hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into research labs in an effort to collect genetic information on a million people. But some skeptics say the focus should be on humans themselves, not DNA.

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Fear Of Needles May Chip Away At Vaccination Rates

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 5:00am

Public health officials worry about the number of parents who aren't getting children vaccinated. A study suggests that getting multiple shots while in preschool contributes to vaccine fear.

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Why Some Teen Moms Can't Get The Pain Relief They Choose In Childbirth

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:33pm

In more than a dozen U.S. states, laws prohibit pregnant teens from getting epidural anesthesia during labor, or even some kinds of prenatal treatment, without a parent's consent.

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Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 5:01am

If you sit too much during middle age — at work and at home — your ability to exercise or even walk in late decades is at risk, research hints. And, of course, your risk of heart disease climbs, too.

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For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 7:00am

Dr. Howard Bennett knows that humor can help his young patients be less worried when they're at the doctor's office. In his latest book, he uses gross-out jokes to explain how kids' bodies work.

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Could Brain Surgery Save A Father And Son?

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 12:14pm

Bit by bit, dystonia was stealing Carl Luepker's ability to use his hands and talk. But his biggest fear was that his children would inherit the disorder. Then he saw his son Liam's foot twitch.

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Why Mental Health Is A Poor Measure Of A President

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 5:00am

Presidents from Lincoln to Nixon appear to have suffered from a range of psychiatric disorders. But mental health professionals say that doesn't mean they were unfit for the office.

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Heart 2 Sizes Too Small? Mr. Grinch, See Your Cardiologist

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:00am

Not many patients have a heart that grows three sizes in a day. Cardiologist David Kass ponders what could have caused the Grinch's abrupt change of heart in the classic holiday story.

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Robust Health Insurance Sign-Ups Surprise Supporters And Opponents

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:09am

Despite an enrollment period that was half as long, nearly 9 million people have signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance for 2018 so far, about the same as last year.

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FDA Commissioner: Are The Incentives Right For Orphan Drugs?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:00am

Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he wants to know why drugmakers churn out medicines for some rare diseases but not others.

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A Prescription To Reduce Waste In Health Care Spending

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 5:00am

A ProPublica series has illuminated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Here are some ideas for plugging the holes.

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Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:01am

The opioid epidemic caused U.S. life expectancy to fall for the second year in a row, marking the first time that has happened since the early 1960s. Death rates also continued to rise.

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Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevent A Form Of Deafness In Mice

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 5:23pm

Success with a new gene-editing technique in mice prone to deafness highlights the potential for using it to prevent a form of inherited hearing loss in humans. But it has many hurdles to overcome.

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How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 5:01am

African-American women are more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life than women of any other race. Scientists think that stress from racism makes their bodies and babies more vulnerable.

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First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 1:17pm

The Food and Drug Administration approved Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that restores by ferrying a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with a genetic disease that impairs sight.

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