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New Drug Study Revives Debate Over Prostate Cancer Screening

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Michael LeFevre, professor at University of Missouri Medical school and co-vice chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, about how the new drug study revives a debate over the need for a controversial prostate cancer screening tool, the PSA test.
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Evidence Supports Pill To Prevent Some Prostate Cancers

Doctors have debated for years whether a drug that curbed the growth of some prostate cancers caused more serious ones to grow faster. Now, a long-term study calms those fears and raises the possibility that a cheap, generic pill could be used reduce prostate cancer risk.
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Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Heroin Deaths

Montgomery County police are warning residents about an increase in drug activity, after an alarming number of heroin-related deaths so far this year.

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Industry Ties Raise Questions About Expert Medical Panels

An analysis of 16 recent medical guidelines found evidence of financial ties between key experts and industry. Most of the recommendations expanded the definitions of common illnesses, lowering the threshold for treatment.
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Will 'Safe Passage' Routes Really Keep Chicago Kids Safe?

Officials from Chicago Public Schools hope new 'safe passage' routes will keep kids safe while walking to school. Nearly 50 schools closed recently, forcing thousands of students to attend schools farther away. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more about the routes, and what critics have to say.
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Violence Causes Doctors Without Borders To Exit Somalia

After suffering dozens of attacks against staff members, including kidnappings and murders, the nonprofit is closing all operations in Somalia. In many parts of the country, the aid group was the only source of health care.
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Hospital Tech Pleads Guilty For Role In Hepatitis Outbreak

David Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty for his role in infecting more than 44 people, including seven in Maryland, with Hepatitis C.

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Doctors Look For A Way Off The Medical Hamster Wheel

Some primary care doctors feel a bit like airline ticket agents. Seeing patients is like trying to find seats for passengers on an oversold airplane. Someone's going to leave the office unhappy, and the computer work never seems to stop.
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Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

The contaminated fruit that killed 33 people and sickened at least 147 others in 2011 came from a farm 90 miles from Rocky Ford, Colo. But the town's many melon farmers took a huge hit nonetheless, and are still trying to convince the public their cantaloupes are safe.
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Obama Delays Implementing Another Part Of Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration has delayed implementation of another part of Affordable Care Act — this time, it's the rules aimed at limiting out-of-pocket costs for patients.

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