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How A Health Insurer's Overpayment Can Become Your Problem

Health insurers sometimes pay too much to a doctor or hospital for services rendered. When insurers look to get their money back, patients may be surprised to get stuck with the bills.
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Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

In the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling this summer, it decided that states' plans for expansion of the Medicaid program should be optional. That led governors to ask if they could expand the program in part but still receive federal funding. The administration has said no.
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What Porcupines Can Teach Engineers

The barbs on porcupine quills help them pierce the skin. If the bumpy needles work so well for the big rodents, couldn't they they also help doctors and nurses giving injections? Designers of medical devices are looking to try the porcupine approach.
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How A Superbug Traveled The World

About 10 years ago, some nasty bacteria became impervious to some common classes of antibiotics. Scientists have sequenced genome samples of this superbug from all over the world. The results helped them figured out how it emerged in the U.S. and then moved to Europe, Australia and Asia.
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Buzz Off: Bedbugs Unfazed By Ultrasonic Devices

Once bedbugs settle in, the toll on your mental health and pocketbook can run high. So what about driving the bloodsucking insects off with high-pitched sounds? Scientists say gadgets that claim to do that are a waste of money.
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As Childhood Strokes Increase, Surgeons Aim To Reduce Risks

Stroke is usually a problem that comes with age, but a surprising number of children have strokes, too. Many kids have conditions that put them at higher risk. But surgeons have developed a technique that cuts the risk in some of these kids by giving part of the brain a new blood supply.

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