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Hospitals Gamble On Urgent Care Clinics To Keep Patients Healthy

Urgent care clinics are part of a growth strategy for some hospital chains. But some analysts wonder if hospitals will be able to provide good customer service at the clinics.
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Obamacare Is Here To Stay, But In What Form?

With President Obama's re-election, states that had postponed creating health insurance exchanges required by the sweeping federal health law will now have to scramble to set them up. These marketplaces are supposed to make it easier for people to shop for health coverage.
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West Nile Cases Still Climbing As Temperatures Drop

Even as winter approaches, mosquitoes are still spreading West Nile virus in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 5,000 cases have been reported so far this year.
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Reelection Forces States To Act Soon On Obamacare

States now have only nine days to decide whether to do their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it for them. Analysts expect there will be a lot of scrambling. Some of the states that are trying to ban the individual mandate going forward have Democratic leadership. Missouri has re-elected its Democratic governor, but has banned him from setting up a state exchange. Robert Siegel talks to Julie Rovner.
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New Pill For Rheumatoid Arthritis Gets FDA Nod

Xeljanz, a new rheumatoid arthritis drug, is the first one that works by blocking enzymes called janus kinases. They play a communication role inside the body and are involved in inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

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