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D.C. Adds Six New Qualifying Conditions For Medical Marijuana

D.C. is loosening up its restrictive medical marijuana program, adding six new conditions that would qualify a resident for the drug.
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Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup

With more than a million visitors expected for the games, Brazilian authorities are trying to control the mosquitoes that carry the disease and stop a sudden spike of cases in Sao Paulo.
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From Public Hospital To Homeless Shelter: The Long History Of D.C. General

Washington's public hospital saw 200 years of shortages, overcrowding and waves of public outcry, but the 2001 decision to close the hospital was anything but popular.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.
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Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits

The agency that runs Medicare said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.
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Doctors Say They Would Shun Aggressive Treatment When Near Death

There's a big difference between the kind of death doctors say they want and the care the average person receives at the end of life. Doctors want less rather than more.
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On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage

Anger is a widespread reaction in Washington as systemic problems in the veterans health care system come to light. But there's disagreement among politicians and veterans on how to fix the problems.
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The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Mental health programs are getting extra attention after the killing spree in California. A law in the state lets authorities require people to get treatment. But it's not clear that it will help.
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Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than free-standing emergency rooms.
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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

The study is the first to test an oral vaccine in the middle of an outbreak — in Guinea in 2012. And it offered a remarkable degree of protection against this deadly disease.

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