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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:20:32 -0500


Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:53 -0500

GOP leaders were meeting behind closed doors to determine next steps, but with moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers also bailing on the legislation, it looked increasingly unlikely the vote planned for later Thursday would happen.(image)

GOP health bill changes could kill protections for those with pre-existing conditions

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0500

House Republicans are considering a deal that would remove the requirement that health insurance plans cover 10 essential health benefits, hoping to secure the votes of conservative lawmakers.(image)

The forces driving middle-aged white people's 'deaths of despair'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:38:14 -0500

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.(image)

A smartphone can accurately test sperm count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:01:00 -0500

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.(image)

In final hours, GOP leaders scramble for votes on bill to gut Obamacare

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500

House Republicans are poised to vote on legislation to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act, despite ongoing opposition from hard-line conservatives.(image)

Vulnerable Minnesotans worry as vote nears to kill Obamacare

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The U.S. House is set to vote Thursday on the Republicans' controversial replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Many who depend on Medicaid fear they'll lose the health care insurance critical to them and their families.(image)

A high-rise, historic renovation and bathroom fix help DMC unlock millions in state funds

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Project leaders said Thursday the Destination Medical Center has passed a crucial milestone: $200 million in private investments. How the city got to that amount, however, may raise eyebrows.(image)

Pfizer CEO Ian Reed speaks on health care costs and reform

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Ian Read, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, speaks and answers questions at the National Press Club about prescription drug costs and health insurance reform.(image)

GOP leaders boost pressure as health bill crunch time nears

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:22:03 -0500

A senior administration official said that 20 to 25 House Republicans remained opposed or undecided. That's a grave figure since united Democratic opposition means the measure crashes if 22 GOP lawmakers vote "no."(image)

Medicaid work requirement wouldn't shrink spending much

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:21:00 -0500

Most of the people on Medicaid are elderly, disabled or children, so a GOP proposal to require able-bodied recipients to work probably won't add up to big cost savings, analysts say.(image)

GOP health plan has its own financial stick to prod people to buy insurance

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The GOP plan would fine insurance buyers who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days a year. The penalty? A 30 percent surcharge every month for 12 months.(image)

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:28:00 -0500

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book "Irresistible." Alva Noe proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.(image)

Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of intestinal blockage

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:40:10 -0500

After having nearly a thousand coins removed from its stomach in a four-hour operation two weeks ago, the turtle -- nicknamed "Omsin," or "Piggy Bank" -- died Tuesday.(image)

Trump warns GOP of political costs of rejecting health bill

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:13:06 -0500

Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill in hopes of nailing down support.(image)

Studies suggest cautious optimism about declines in teen opioid use

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:56:00 -0500

A pair of long-term studies found fewer children and teenagers are coming in contact with opioids, and that hospitalizations from the drugs are down. The same is not true for adults.(image)

Is happiness a universal human right?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:03:00 -0500

In celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20, we might do well to examine rather than reaffirm our tacit assumptions about happiness and its pursuit, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.(image)

Tax credits, penalties and age rating: Parsing the GOP health bill

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:56:00 -0500

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.(image)

Parting thoughts: Called to fix long-term care

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:25:43 -0500

Dr. Robert Kane devoted his life to improving how people live as they get older. He was especially concerned with those needing long-term care.(image)

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, U.S. falls

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:03:22 -0500

The United States was 14th in the latest World Happiness Report, down from No. 13 last year. Over the years Americans steadily have been rating themselves less happy.(image)

How millennials win and lose under GOP health bill

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:03:00 -0500

The Affordable Care Act covers 8 million millennials through Medicaid expansion, insurance exchanges, and the ability to stay on a parent's plan until age 26. The GOP health bill limits some options.(image)