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Doctors' Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have physical or mental disabilities, yet only a small fraction of medical schools teach students how to talk with disabled patients about their needs.
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Measles And Mumps Make A Comeback

Measles and mumps outbreaks in the U.S. are at an all-time high. NPR's Scott Simon talks with professor of preventive medicine William Schaffner about how the viruses are spreading and why.
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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

The government recently released a trove of information on how much doctors are charging Medicare. It does seem like some doctors are overcharging, but the explanation of high fees can be complicated.
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FDA Dangles Golden Ticket To Spur Drugs For Neglected Diseases

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new drug for leishmaniasis came with a voucher that can be redeemed to speed up the approval of a much more lucrative drug in the future.
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Will Soda Lovers Drink To Less Sugar?

U.S. sales of sugared and diet sodas have slumped. So soda-makers are trying to win back consumers with new flavors and less sugar. But historically, midcalorie sodas haven't sold very well.
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To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill

The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it.
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Top VA Health Official Resigns Amid Scandal Over Treatment Delays

The resignation of the department's undersecretary for health comes a day after he and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before Congress.
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When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Let me tell you a story — a history story — that's all numbers, only numbers, and still packs an emotional wallop. Button up. It's 1812. In Russia. It's cold.
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Medicare Eases Restrictions On Pricey Hepatitis C Treatment

This policy change would pay for treatment with a combination of new, expensive drugs for patients who haven't responded to older treatment regimens and are approaching or have cirrhosis of the liver.
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Propublica: Doctors Overcharge Medicare For Office Visit

A new investigation suggests hundreds, if not thousands, of doctors are overcharging Medicare for office visits. Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Ornstein of the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

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