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Payment Can Be Elusive For Medicare Beneficiaries In Personal Injury Cases

If there's a settlement or judgment against another party in a liability case, Medicare is entitled to reimbursement for the money it spent on a beneficiary's medical care. The process is complex and prone to delays. A new law is expected to fix the problems.
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Hanging A Price Tag On Radiology Tests Didn't Change Doctors' Habits

Telling doctors how much a CT scan of the head would cost didn't have an effect on the number of scans ordered during a study at a big teaching hospital. It will take more than disclosing costs to control spending on radiology costs, a study suggests.
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What's Wrong With Calling Obesity A Medical Problem?

A sociologist argues in a new book that framing obesity as a public health crisis takes a heavy social toll. She says big bodies should be embraced as a form of human diversity, and not seen automatically as a sign of sickness.
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Al Roker On Being ' The Jolly Fat Person'

Al Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. That was until he had bariatric surgery, and lost more than 100 pounds. Roker talks with host Michel Martin about his experience, and his latest book, Never Goin' Back.
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How One Man Tried To Slim Down Big Soda From The Inside

Public health expert Derek Yach surprised nutrition advocates when he joined PepsiCo six years ago. He got the company to cut salt, sugar and fat from some popular products like chips and soda. But critics say he did more harm than good.
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No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines

To understand how social rules affect the interactions between humans and machines, scientists re-created a famous psychology experiment using robots. What they found is that if robots are nice to us, we're nice to them. If they're not, we "punish" them.

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