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Drug Treatment Slots Are Scarce For Pregnant Women

Tennessee's "fetal assault" law is designed to push pregnant women into drug treatment programs. But there are not enough of those programs available for the people who need them.

Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said that a salmon created to grow faster is fit for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.

Brand-Name Drugs Can Raise Costs Without Boosting Patient Satisfaction

The website Iodine has collected data about consumers' experience with prescription drugs that show generics scored highest among people who take medicines in three popular categories.

UnitedHealth Group Says It May Quit Offering Coverage On Obamacare Exchanges

The company says it's losing money on the exchanges, which are an integral part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Saying Goodbye To Building 18 — Symbol Of Neglect For Military's Medical System

At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Walter Reed's neglected Building 18 became a brick-and-mortar symbol of the troubles wounded soldiers encountered. With the building slated for demolition this month, we explore the history contained within its walls.


Cancer Society Asks Regulators To Limit Insurers' Charges For Key Drugs

Many covered medicines come with high out-of-pocket costs for patients, the American Cancer Society says in a report that calls for restrictions on the tabs insurers can pass along to patients.

If You Follow These Signs, You'll Flush With Success: #WorldToiletDay

Billions of people around the world don't use flush toilets. That's why there are so many signs that explain what to do — and what not to do.

Zika Virus 101: One More Mosquito-Borne Disease To Worry About

It's spread quickly in South America and was reported in Mexico this week. It's not fatal, but there's concern about a potential impact on babies born to infected moms.

In Tennessee, Giving Birth To A Drug-Dependent Baby Can Be A Crime

The state's "fetal assault" law punishes women whose babies are born with drug withdrawal symptoms. Proponents say the law spurs women to seek treatment, while opponents say it deters them.

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.