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Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

Donation after cardiac death involves removing organs minutes after life-support has been stopped for patients who still have at least some brain activity. Is that enough time to make sure a person won't recover?
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Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious

But so, too, can cheeriness. Research on college roommates indicates that a person's psychological outlook can rub off on those close to them.
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Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On

Alzheimer's disease and depression have a lot in common, and people with depression face a greater risk of dementia as they age. Researchers aren't sure why and are seeking clues. They are trying to find out if treating depression will then help prevent or delay dementia.
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Ohio Family-Planning Services At Mercy Of Budget Bill

The bill would put family-planning clinics at the bottom of the list for funding. Even those clinics that do not perform abortions but offer referrals expect a major financial blow. Proponents of the measure are clear in their goal: end abortions. But how will it affect other women's health services?
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Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Medicaid in Mississippi provides insurance to 1 in 5 residents. But funding could stop July 1 if politicians don't act. The Legislature has brought the program to the brink over a debate about expanding it under the Affordable Care Act.
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Concerns About Caffeinated Energy Drinks, Candy And Snacks

Debate over the health effects of caffeinated energy drinks, candy and snacks. Companies argue they are safe, but critics say they shouldn't be marketed to children.

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FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

The morning-after pill for emergency contraception was first approved by the FDA way back in 1999. Since then, activists have been fighting with two administrations to allow over-the-counter sales to women and teenagers. Now, after a long legal fight, the agency has agreed. We put together a timeline to recap the saga.
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Humble Pie And Doughnut Burgers In The Barbershop

The NBA finals, obesity, George Zimmerman's jury, and Paula Deen. It's all up for discussion in the Barbershop. Guest host Celeste Headlee gets the lowdown on the week's news with the Barbershop guys.
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Obesity Is A 'Disease.' Now What?

Obesity is now classified as a disease, according to the American Medical Association. David Kessler is the former Commissioner of the FDA and author of the book, The End of Overeating. He speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about this week's decision, and how it could impact America's overeating epidemic.
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With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny

The nonprofit Enroll America wants to encourage uninsured Americans to sign up for the exchanges when the time comes. Though the group has support across industries and from the Health and Human Services secretary, it's still been hit by congressional controversy.

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