A decision striking down the law in its entirety would end provisions affecting millions of Americans. Opponents and supporters of the law welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments about the law and bring a final answer on its constitutionality.
The legal showdown will decide once and for all if the administration's sweeping law to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans will stand. The court has scheduled more than five hours of oral arguments for the case.
In a country with a rampant obesity epidemic, many patients say their doctors don't spend enough time talking with them about losing weight. But doctors often complain that when they do bring up the issue, nothing changes.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is way ahead of the curve when it comes to electronic medical records, which it's been collecting for 25 years. The Million Veteran Project launched this year is an effort to pair the records with blood samples — which contain DNA — from 1 million veterans.
One more needle stick: Children will now need a cholesterol test before they turn 12. Blame rising obesity rates for that. The goal is to find children with high cholesterol and treat them, mostly with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of heart disease as adults.
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