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The New Health Care: The U.S. Is Failing in Infant Mortality, Starting at One Month Old

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:19:16 GMT

The United States does worse than about two dozen other industrialized nations in this crucial measure of public health.

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Public Health: Expanding Medicare Would Solve Some Problems, Create New Ones

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:30:23 GMT

The health care landscape has changed since Hillary Clinton first suggested offering Medicare to more people.The Obamacare marketplace would inevitably be affected by the move, in ways that are tricky to predict.

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The New Health Care: Why It’s Not Time to Panic About Cellphones and Cancer

Tue, 31 May 2016 20:21:24 GMT

A new study prompted headlines about a link between cellphone use and brain cancer. But a closer look at the study should prompt some skepticism.Behind recent dramatic headlines, a small and not terribly impressive rat study.

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The New Health Care: Drug Prices Too High? Sometimes, They’re Not Costly Enough

Mon, 30 May 2016 11:00:21 GMT

For some of the most important ones, like generic injectable drugs, the prices may be too low, giving rise to shortages.

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Huge Recall of Frozen Fruits and Vegetables After Listeria Outbreak

Sun, 22 May 2016 19:56:24 GMT

A large recall of frozen foods includes products sold under 42 brand names.A processing plant in Pasco, Wash., has voluntarily recalled more than 350 frozen foods that were sold in all 50 states and Canada.

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Your Money Adviser: Rising Premiums for Universal Life Insurance Draw Scrutiny

Fri, 20 May 2016 20:03:51 GMT

Some older policyholders are going to court over sharp premium increases that they say are hurting them financially.

Actions by Congress on Opioids Haven’t Included Limiting Them

Wed, 18 May 2016 22:45:52 GMT

The House and the Senate have whipsawed between ensuring access to narcotic painkillers and addressing the addiction epidemic linked to those drugs.

Public Health: A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive

Wed, 18 May 2016 01:17:26 GMT

Bernie Sanders has made single-payer health care a signature issue on the campaign trail.To match the costs in other countries would require paying doctors and nurses far less and using fewer new and high-tech treatments.

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The New Health Care: You Mean I Don’t Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:45:02 GMT

Remote care can bring services to rural locations, and studies show the care is not worse than in-person treatment.

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Judge Backs House Challenge to a Key Part of Health Law

Fri, 13 May 2016 00:23:08 GMT

John A. Boehner, then speaker of the House, reflected in a cabinet filled with Republican memorabilia on Capitol Hill last year. He initiated the lawsuit as a way to push back against the White House on the health care law.A federal judge ruled that Congress never provided explicit authority for a program to help lower-income people pay expenses, but suspended the ruling pending an appeal.

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Senate to Consider 3 Proposals to Finance Fight Against Zika

Thu, 12 May 2016 23:33:11 GMT

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, at the Capitol. He cleared the way for the Senate to consider the funding plans next week.Democrats and Republicans have been deadlocked over a request by the White House for $1.9 billion in emergency financing to combat the virus.

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The New Health Care: E-Cigarettes Are Safer, but Not Exactly Safe

Tue, 10 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT

The use of e-cigarettes by adolescents has increased sharply in recent years.Nicotine without the bad stuff is the promise. But the new devices can push people toward conventional cigarettes, as well as away from them.

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Public Health: Get Ready for Higher Obamacare Rates Next Year

Fri, 06 May 2016 11:00:20 GMT

Prices seem likely to rise, for a number of reasons. But don’t assume it means the Affordable Care Act is a failure.

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The New Health Care: Missing From Medicare Advantage: True Competition

Mon, 02 May 2016 11:00:02 GMT

If past efforts are any guide, a White House proposal to inject competition and save billions is doomed.

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South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says

Tue, 03 May 2016 01:15:20 GMT

Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota in March. He said his state had made progress but faced problems because of its sparse population.The Justice Department said Monday that with few alternatives available, thousands of people were held unnecessarily in highly restrictive group homes.

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Senate Nears Deal for at Least $1.1 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:08:35 GMT

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, center, and members of the Republican leadership at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.The emergency financing is likely to face a challenge in the House, where hard-line conservatives have balked at new government spending.

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Well: Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:53:34 GMT

Firms promise to help consumers spot metabolic red flags. Critics say the services persuade healthy people to seek unneeded treatment.

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Well: A Doctor on Schedule, Rarely on Time

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:17:07 GMT

Everyone can tell when I’m behind. Every visit is pared to essentials. Paperwork is postponed, chatting minimized.

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Well: Early Puberty in Girls Raises the Risk of Depression

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:00:41 GMT

Those who developed breasts younger than their peers had a higher risk of depression, a new study found.

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Well: War Wounds That Time Alone Can’t Heal

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:58:42 GMT

The new documentary “Almost Sunrise” follows Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, two troubled Iraq war veterans, walking from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.Moral injury resembles post-traumatic stress disorder with an added burden of guilt, and requires different treatment.

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Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener Solved!

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 21:47:50 GMT

Readers solve the case of a previously healthy 67-year-old gardener who is too exhausted and feverish to garden.

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Global Health: Migrants Willing to Pay Price Not to Change Diet, Study Says

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 20:31:09 GMT

Sri Lankan refugees preparing a meal in their home in southern India.According to M.I.T., poor migrants within India stuck with their preferences even when nearly malnourished and though the local crop was much cheaper.

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Global Health: Private Sector Is Helping Puerto Rico Fight Zika

Mon, 23 May 2016 20:42:27 GMT

As Congress and President Obama argue over funds for combating the virus, donations of things like cash, condoms and mosquito repellent are being made.

Global Health: A Malaria Vaccine Has Some Success in Testing

Mon, 09 May 2016 20:18:27 GMT

A woman being treated for malaria at medical center in Tanzania.An experimental vaccine tested in varying doses provided 55 percent protection for one year to a few volunteers, according to a study released Monday.

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Global Health: Fight to Prevent a Newborn Infection Receives a Lift

Mon, 02 May 2016 20:05:03 GMT

A nurse tied a newborn’s umbilical cord in a hospital in Sierra Leone. Infections in umbilical cord stumps kill many newborns.A gel to prevent infections in umbilical cord stumps was endorsed by the European Medicines Agency, a key step to distribution in poor countries.

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Room for Debate: Making Vaccination Mandatory for All Children

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:28:28 GMT

Should parents no longer be allowed to get religious or philosophical exemptions from having their children immunized?