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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a five-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.

Team Of Researchers Dig Up New Compound In An Unlikely Spot: Our Noses

Scientists in Germany have found a potentially powerful antibiotic that can kill dangerous bacteria. Maybe the most impressive thing about the new compound is where scientists found it: the human nose.

'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

The search for lifesaving antibiotics is on. Scientists have turned up one promising candidate in an unlikely place — the human nose.

Americans Are Shrinking, While Chinese And Koreans Sprout Up

A massive study looks at how heights around the world have changed over the past century.

6-Year-Old Boy's Wish To Be A 'Garbage Man' Granted

Ethan Dean spent a day riding in a garbage truck and wearing a hard-hat at an event in Sacramento, Calif., organized by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and local groups. Ethan has cystic fibrosis.
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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.


John Hinckley, Who Tried To Kill A President, Wins His Freedom

A federal judge in Washington will allow John Hinckley to leave a mental institution and to live full-time with his mother. Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981.

In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Alaska Natives. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.

As Opioid Epidemic Surges, Medical Schools Must Change To Keep Pace

Most medical schools offer little teaching about opioid addiction, even though there is unmet demand for treatment in many areas. Stanford University's medical school is trying to change that.

Insurers May Share Blame For Increased Price Of Some Generic Drugs

Consumers often blame drug companies for the rapidly rising costs of some commonly used generic drugs. But changes made by insurers influence the price of these drugs, too, it turns out.