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Health Differences May Explain Medicare Spending Variation

Waste and aggressive treatment might not explain Medicare cost variations after all. Differing levels of health by region could account for most of the cost variation, an analysis finds.

Bird Flu Shrugs Off Tamiflu In 'Concerning' Development

Doctors in China concluded that early treatment of bird flu cases with Tamiflu could help patients even days after infection. But the doctors also found in two cases that the virus apparently became resistant to the antiviral drug.

Each Family May Have Schizophrenia In Its Own Way

Some families with a history of schizophrenia share genetic variants on one brain pathway, a study finds. And the family members with schizophrenia are more likely to share symptoms. This may help researchers decipher the frustratingly complex genetics of schizophrenia.

Tragic Result: Sniper Tries To Help Troubled Veteran

Chris Kyle was one of the deadliest American military snipers in history. In February, the former Navy SEAL was shot and killed — not on the battlefield, but on the homefront at the hands of a fellow veteran. David Greene talks to Nicholas Schmidle, who reports in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine how these two men and their invisible scars of war intersected tragically.

Supreme Court Declines Review Of Planned Parenthood Case

The justices have refused to disturb a lower court decision that barred Indiana from stripping Medicaid payments to the organization. Six federal courts have ruled that targeted defunding is illegal. This was the first case to reach the Supreme Court.

Oh, This Is Fattening? Teens Ignore Fast-Food Calorie Counts

About 40 percent of kids ages 9 to 18 report paying attention to calorie information when it's available in chain or fast-food restaurants. But youths who frequent fast-food joints two or more times a week were far less likely to say they used posted calorie counts to guide their choices.

Eyelid-Lift Payments From Medicare Rise, And Raise Eyebrows

The number of eyelid lifts paid for by Medicare more than tripled in a 10-year span, according to the Center for Public Integrity. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the surgery rose to $80 million in 2011, the report says. In one year, a Florida surgeon billed Medicare for about 2,200 procedures.