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Caregivers Press For Experimental Alzheimer's Drug

A medical study published in Science finds that an FDA-approved skin cancer drug can reduce Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice. It is unclear if the drug, marketed as Targretin, will have the same effect on humans. Some researchers want to begin testing the drug for its efficacy in treating Alzheimer's patients.

Politics And Faith Collide In Contraceptive Debate

Under a revised plan on contraception health coverage, insurance companies — not Catholic institutions — will have to pay for contraception for employees. The issue has been a flash point for Bishops since before the health care law passed through Congress.
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Virginia House GOP Passes Abortion Restrictions

The Virginia House has approved two bills that could have far-reaching effects in the commonwealth -- one requiring ultrasounds prior to abortions and another establishing personhood at the time of conception.


States Vary On What They Allow Midwives To Do

Midwives specifically trained in delivery outside hospitals can practice legally in 27 states. In the remaining states, mothers-to-be planning for a home birth will probably be attended by a certified nurse-midwife.

Health Care In Massachusetts Turns To Cost Control

When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he made universal health care law. But the 2006 law didn't do anything about controlling costs, which were already among the nation's highest. So now the conversation has turned to cost control, and some very interesting things are beginning to happen.

Digging Deeper Into Obama's 2013 Budget

President Obama laid out his proposed federal budget for 2013 at a community college in Virginia on Monday. The $ 3.8 trillion plan calls for new government spending, including stimulus-style spending on roads. It also seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade

Why Catholic Groups' Health Plans Say No To Contraceptives, Yes To Viagra

It's a question that Catholic-sponsored employers have objected to the administration's requirement that health plans cover contraceptives at no charge to the insured. What about coverage for medicines to help men with erectile dysfunction?