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Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:09pm

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. More research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.

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Many Avoid End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:00am

Only about a third of U.S. adults have advance directives in place to guide the care they receive if they become too ill to make their own medical decisions.

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VIDEO: Little-Known Middlemen Save Money On Medicines — But Maybe Not For You

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:03am

Many people have never heard of pharmacy benefit managers. They're the companies that help insurers decide what drugs to cover and how much you pay for them.

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Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency?

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a White House commission on the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

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Whether Or Not To Declare The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 5:01am

Addiction treatment professionals are praising many of the recommendations of a commission to study the opioid crisis. But some question the recommendation to declare it a national emergency.

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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:19pm

Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes. Afterward, Levy was haunted by the notion that she had caused his death.

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Drug Puts A $750,000 'Price Tag On Life'

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 1:05pm

The high cost of Spinraza, a new and promising treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, highlights how the cost-benefit analysis insurers use to make drug coverage decisions plays out in human terms.

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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:03pm

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.

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Senate To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Stabilize Insurance Markets

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 5:00am

A Senate committee will hold hearings on stabilizing the Obamacare markets in 2018. The chair called on President Trump to continue payments to insurers that help lower costs for low-income people.

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Country Music And Brain Research Come Together At Nashville Summer Camp

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:15pm

Researchers in Nashville are tapping into a country music camp to learn more about Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Many people who have it love music but don't know why.

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Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:07pm

Stanford University scientists have found an array of proteins in the blood whose levels correlate closely with the severity of symptoms of the mysterious illness that's increasingly known as ME/CFS.

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Sperm Counts Plummet In Western Men, Study Finds

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:55am

Data from nearly 43,000 men around the world found that sperm counts dropped by more than half in Western countries. It could reflect a decline in health overall, scientists say.

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'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:54am

Girls are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism, but that may be because the signs of the disorder are different than in boys. And girls may be missing out on help as a result.

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Scientists Still Seek A Reliable DUI Test For Marijuana

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 7:14am

Coloradans can get arrested for driving while stoned. But with no good roadside tools, officers' determinations are more subjective than for alcohol DUIs. Scientists hope to find chemical markers.

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From Rats To Humans, A Brain Knows When It Can't Remember

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:40pm

When we see a familiar face, we know instantly if we can remember that person's name. That's because the human brain has an ability called metamemory. Looks like rats may have that higher power, too.

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:18pm

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.

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States Have Already Tried Versions Of 'Skinny Repeal.' It Didn't Go Well

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:00am

Republican senators are warming to the idea of a scaled-back plan that would delete the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates but leave much of the law intact.

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As Cost Of U.S. Health Care Skyrockets, So Does Pay Of Health Care CEOs

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:02pm

Compensation in recent years for the CEOs of the largest U.S. health care companies has far outstripped the wage growth of nearly all Americans, an investigation by the news site Axios has found.

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Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:44pm

Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients' health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.

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Kids Who Specialize In One Sport Get More Injuries

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:30pm

A new study finds kids who specialize in one sport are more likely to get injured. Injuries include ligament and muscle sprains and tendonitis to knees and ankles. The sports with the highest specialization rates include soccer, baseball and basketball. Researchers conclude that more needs to be done to educate coaches, parents and athletes about the increased risk of injuries for kids who specialize in a single sport.

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