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'No One Should Have The Right To Prolong My Death'

Jennifer Glass was a newlywed when she was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. "I'm doing everything I can to extend my life," she says, while advocating for a right-to-die law in California.
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First Measles Death In 12 Years Renews Vaccination Concerns

A woman from Washington state died of measles last week. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Seattle Times reporter JoNel Aleccia about the first confirmed measles death in the United States in 12 years.
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U.N. Report Highlights Surprising Global Progress On Poverty Goals

In 2000 the world's leaders agreed on an ambitious plan for attacking global poverty by 2015. Called the Millennium Development Goals, these time-bound targets spurred an unprecedented aid effort that helped slash the share of people living in extreme poverty in half. Now nations are hammering out an even broader set of goals for 2030, but this time the task is proving highly controversial. The Millennium Development Goals were drafted in a highly casual way and that simple process proved the key to their success.
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Hospitals Set New Restrictions On Who Can Perform Risky Surgeries

It turns out you are way more likely to have major complications, including death, at the hands of an unskilled surgeon than a specialist. Now three leading teaching hospitals are changing the rules.
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Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Dr. Ken Murray wrote an essay a decade ago about how the gentler care doctors choose at the end of life stands apart. His work still shapes how some doctors talk to patients about death.
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Cuba Is First To Earn WHO Seal For Ending Mother-Baby HIV Transmission

The chances are now practically nil. How did Cuba do it? And how are other countries faring by comparison?
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After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.
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Combating HIV/AIDS In The District

According to a report released last week, the number of deaths related to HIV/AIDS has dropped significantly in the nation's capital. But the data also found that more than 2 percent of the city's population is living with the disease — levels that still quality as epidemic.

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Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

The latest data on drug and device company payments to health professionals largely exclude nurse practitioners and physician assistants, even though they play an increasing role in patient care.
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Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

The latest session made history on several fronts, and accepted cases for next year that will likely make still more. This year the liberals won a lot — but that doesn't mean they will in the future.

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