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The Case For Clearing More Arteries During Heart Attacks

Preventive treatment of partially blocked arteries in patients suffering a particular kind of severe heart attack reduces future heart attacks, cardiac deaths and cases of recurrent chest pain by about two-thirds.

Don't Panic! Your Questions On (Not) Washing Raw Chickens

Our story on the food safety risks posed by rinsing raw birds — a step advocated by many chefs and cookbooks — inflamed passions and prompted many questions. Here, we tackle some of your most frequently raised concerns.

Brain Changes May Explain Stroke Risk In Migraine Sufferers

All people have brain abnormalities, but people with migraines are more likely to have ones similar to tiny strokes, a study finds. That's particularly true for people who have migraines with aura. The changes may explain why people with migraines have a higher risk of stroke.

Sleeping Pills Most Popular With Older People, Women

About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.

Syrians Anxious About Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

As Americans debate military intervention, the UN's refugee agency has warned that Syria could be on the 'verge of the abyss.' Host Michel Martin discusses the millions of Syrians who have been displaced by the conflict with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, and Rima Kamal, the Red Cross' spokesperson in Damascus.

Can Wife Insured Through Estranged Husband's Job Use Exchange?

Almost anyone can buy a plan on the health insurance marketplace, sometimes called an exchange. But tax credits that reduce the premium are only available to people who don't have access to other coverage that meets the law's standards for affordability and adequacy.

Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Many obstetricians make more money for C-sections than for vaginal deliveries. In a recent study, these doctors were more likely to perform the costly procedure than doctors paid a flat salary. But when the pregnant women were also physicians, doctors seemed less swayed by financial incentives.
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Increase In Maryland

Heroin abuse is a "public health crisis" in Maryland, according to the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Study: Price Shocks On Health Exchanges Appear Unlikely

A RAND Corp. analysis says the health overhaul won't lead to big price increases for insurance. In some states individual policies may cost a bit more, while in others the premiums will decline or remain about the same.

A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

Age-related fumbles of memory are often feared as early signs of Alzheimer's dementia, but recent research confirms an important difference. The underlying biology of the two sorts of memory loss aren't the same. And the age-related form may be reversible someday.