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Limits Put On Nonprofit Hospital Debt Collection

The U.S. Treasury Department last week released proposed rules to protect patients from abusive debt collection practices at nonprofit hospitals. The rules are required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. If the Supreme Court votes to strike down the health care law, the new debt collection rules would go away.

Dementia Complicates Romance In Nursing Homes

Consensual sex among aging residents of nursing homes can be fraught. And when those older people are showing signs of dementia, family members sometimes stand in in the way of love.

Swine Flu May Have Killed Far More People Than Thought

The global death toll from the swine flu pandemic may have been 15 times larger than previous estimates. Researchers tried to fill in gaps in places around the world where statistics on the illness were harder to come by.
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Using Prescription Medication For An Academic Edge

A growing number of high school and college students are using ADHD drugs to gain an academic edge: Adderall abuse and what's being done to address it.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Rules On The Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The legal, political and practical implications of the ruling.


Why Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger Strike

Launching a hunger strike to protest a perceived political injustice is not exactly new, but it is relatively rare in the U.S. The U.S. postal workers unions are trying to turn the heads of members of Congress with the tactic.

Convenience And Efficiency Fuel Boom In Retail Clinics

Walk-in clinics are getting traction with consumers, hospitals and retailers. A visit to a clinic costs less than one to the doctor or hospital emergency room. And the clinics present less of a hassle.