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Should Doctors And Drugmakers Keep Their Distance?

One doctor rethinks his hardline stance against contact with industry. Beyond drugmakers' sales and marketing, perhaps there's room for productive and ethical collaboration to advance medicine.
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For Families Of Heroin Addicts, Comfort Comes In Sharing Their Stories

Parents who have lost children to addiction and overdose gather at a weekly support group south of Los Angeles. In relating their stories, they hope to cope with a pain that's growing all too common.
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In Florida, A Former Fast-Food Worker Lands In Medicaid Gap

Floridian Cynthia Louis worked at Burger King for 25 years. She left the job because she got sick and then found herself unable to afford health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
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Cholera Vaccine Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

A cheap, oral vaccine — about the size of an "energy shot" — offers fresh hope for preventing cholera epidemics, like the one that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti.
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Study Finds Online Symptom Checkers Are Only Accurate Half The Time

A Harvard Medical School study found that online symptom checkers, such as WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, are only accurate about half the time.
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D.C.'s Proposed Death With Dignity Law Provokes Strong Reactions

Supporters and opponents of D.C.'s Death With Dignity Act packed the council chambers at city hall Friday as the District considers right-to-die legislation.
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Syracuse, N.Y., Experiences Spike In Synthetic Marijuana Hospitalizations

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Steve Featherstone about his reporting on the growing use of a cheap, unpredictable drug. It's not unusual, he says, to see users who have overdosed more than once.
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FDA Boosts Its Heart-Attack Warning On NSAIDs, Sows Confusion

High doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers do increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. But good luck trying to weigh risks and benefits for yourself.
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Right-To-Die Bill Brings National Debate To D.C. Council

The Council's health committee is holding a hearing on the "Death With Dignity Act" proposed by Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).

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Federal Audits Of Medicare Advantage Reveal Widespread Overcharges

Internal audits, never before made public, provide striking evidence of billing mistakes in Medicare Advantage health plans. The Center for Public Integrity filed suit to obtain the records.

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