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Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for health care giant Kaiser Permanente went on strike. Organizers say Kaiser's "chronic failure" to provide timely, quality care hurts patients.

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

Teens Who Skimp On Sleep Now Have More Drinking Problems Later

Missing out on sleep can lead to more than grumpiness. Teenagers who aren't getting enough sleep are also more apt to binge drink, a study finds, even years later.

Can A New Ban On Witchcraft Protect The Albinos Of Tanzania?

Media reports this week said the Tanzanian government was going to go after "witch doctors" who attack albinos. But what, exactly, is a "witch doctor"? And why are they targeting people with albinism?

A Weight-Loss Device Aims To Curb Hunger By Zapping A Nerve

A surgically implanted device similar to a pacemaker gained FDA approval after showing some weight loss in people who are obese. But people in a study who had sham devices lost weight, too.

Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

Marilyn Tavenner said she was stepping down in February. She joined the Obama administration in 2010 and oversaw the problematic rollout of President Obama's signature domestic program.

Pope, On Visit To Philippines, Defends Catholic Ban On Contraception

Francis, on the second day of his visit to the predominately Catholic nation, called for families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life."

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.