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Hikes In Employees' Health Premiums To Outpace Raises Again

Most employees at large companies should expect a 5 percent increase in their health insurance premiums in 2017 and few changes to the coverage and features.
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Puerto Rico's Efforts To Stop Zika Are Hampered By Mistrust

Puerto Rico has more reported cases of Zika than many other places in the region, and the number of cases continues to rise. Unfortunately, Zika is just one of the island's many problems.
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Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

Hundreds of elite endurance athletes were taking the prescription heart drug meldonium until it was banned in January. But a similar heart drug, telmisartan, is still allowed.
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Why The World Isn't Close To Eradicating Guinea Worm

Health officials thought they were close to wiping out the parasite. It's been President Carter's dream for decades. But the dogs of Chad have turned out to be a major problem.
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Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Many of the most powerful antibiotics have lost their punch. Some Stanford students think they've found a different way to attack bacteria that the germs can't overcome.
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Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline

Elderly hospital patients often arrive sick and leave worse off. But some hospitals are preventing these sharp declines by treating the elderly in units that minimize bedrest and spur mobility.
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How The Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers

Science writer Ed Yong talks about his new book, which looks at diet and the microbiome and whether poop transplants and probiotics are all they're cracked up to be.
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WATCH: Lessons In Wound Healing From Our Favorite Fly

You may know the caddis fly as a fishing lure. But bioengineers hunting a better way to seal wounds and set bones say the larvae of these insects have a few tricks we should try to mimic.
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A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

According to the research, hypertension is now a more common disease in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthy nations.
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Olympic Rings: Athletes Turn To Cupping In Search Of Competitive Edge

Despite limited research, the practice of cupping is popular with athletes including Michael Phelps, who had the procedure performed before his race in the Rio Olympics.

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