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More Marketplace Health Plans Ease Access To Some Expensive Drugs

Complaints from patient groups and increased regulatory oversight appear to be leading to changes in the way some marketplace health plans cover expensive drugs.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Presidential front-runners win big in the New York primary. Michigan's attorney general files criminal charges against officials in Flint. And Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients

The growing veterans population in places like Clarksville, Tenn., is straining resources at VA clinics and making it difficult for vets to get nearby medical care.
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Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls

After a decline throughout the '90s, suicide rates have reversed course. Suicide has increased in almost every age group over the past 15 years.
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How Do You Help Someone Who Is At Risk Of Suicide?

Are there specific things you should say — or not say — to a family member or friend who seems to be potentially suicidal?
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Task Force Calls For More Safety Oversight At NIH Research Hospital

NIH Director Francis Collins has stopped research at two leading labs for now. But an independent board of experts wants even more oversight to ensure that patient safety is the top priority.
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Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.
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Drug Traffickers Flood Opioid Market With Cheaper Alternative To Heroin

Drug traffickers are making their own Fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain medication used for extreme medical conditions, and selling it mixed with or instead of heroin. Much cheaper to make than heroin, and exponentially more potent, it's easier for users to overdose on Fentanyl. In New Orleans, Fentanyl deaths now outpace the murder rate.
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A Baby Boomer With Parkinson's Reports Back From Front Lines Of Aging

Journalist Michael Kinsley was diagnosed when he was in his 40s. Now in his 60s, he says he feels like he's "a scout for his generation." His new book is Old Age: A Beginner's Guide.
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Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place

No wonder we don't feel rested after a first night in a new place: Half of our brain has stayed alert while the other half enjoyed deeper sleep, a study finds. We really have been half-asleep.

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