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Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

As health insurers propose their rates for 2016, state agencies are So far only a handful of states have finalized rates for 2016.
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Tackling Alzheimer's Disease

As the international Alzheimer's conference wraps up in D.C., we explore new research and old dilemmas about diagnosing and treating this brain disease.

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Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs

More than a hundred influential doctors banded together to propose seven ways to bring down the high prices of cancer drugs. They say changes are needed to preserve access to care.
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Synthetic Drugs and Public Safety

City officials are attributing a recent spike in crime and overdoses to synthetic drugs. We explore what they are, what explains they're popularity and what threats they pose to public health and public safety.

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Medical Residents Are Indebted But Reasonably Happy

Talking to medical residents is one way to get a bead on where medicine is headed. A recent survey of more than 1,700 residents asked a slew of questions about their hopes, daily work and finances.
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An Artificial Limb Can Bring Hope — But Who's Going To Make It?

That's the question in Bangladesh, where there aren't enough clinicians to make prosthetic devices for accident victims and others in need. Now there's a school to fill the gap.
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Younger Adults With Alzheimer's Are Key To Drug Search

A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer's in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer's drugs.
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Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Peccadillo

Yes, health officials in Florida have reported nine cases of leprosy so far this year. And yes, armadillos can transmit leprosy. But scientists say we needn't fear the armored mammals.
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Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.
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'New Yorker' Article Sparks Upsurge In Earthquake Survival Kit Sales

After a frightening article a few weeks ago in The New Yorker magazine about a potentially devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, there's been a run on survival supplies there. NPR talks to the maker of survival kits about his business.

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