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The State Of The Cancer Nation

The prevalence of smoking and other major cancer risk factors varies widely by state. So does the uptake for preventative screening tests.
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Top Hospital Ratings Prove Scarce In Medicare's Latest Tally

Only 7 percent of the nation's hospitals assessed by Medicare were good enough to win 5-star ratings. The government used patient reviews to come up with the grades.
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E-Cigarettes Grow In Popularity Among Teen Students, Survey Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual youth tobacco survey. Among the findings: The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among U.S. teenagers in the last year.
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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.
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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.
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Mad Cow Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?
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Congress Repeals Medicare 'Doc Fix' Law, Ending Annual Scramble

The "doc fix", which postpones cuts in Medicare payments to doctors, has been an annual ritual in Congress for years. Now a permanent repeal of the doc fix takes care of the problem for good.
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Some Patients Lack Contraceptive Coverage Under Health Law, Study Finds

Under the Affordable Care Act, women are supposed to have access to free birth control. But a new study shows that some insurers are not covering all kinds of contraception.
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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.
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Study: Insurers Fail To Cover All Prescribed Contraceptives

An analysis of health plans in five states found limited or no coverage for some forms of contraception. Insurers sometimes imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of the contraceptives.

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