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Houston's Health Clinics Struggle To Meet Demand

A new study documents the increasing crush of patients turning to free public clinics in the Houston area. Officials there are worried because they expect even more people to seek care when the Affordable Care Act, the federal health law, takes effect in a little over a year.
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When 'Critical Access Hospitals' Aren't So Critical

Efforts to cut federal spending are targeting a program that gives higher Medicare reimbursements to small hospitals in rural areas. Some observers say the program has gotten so big, it's propping up hospitals that are neither critical to a community nor isolated.
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Women's Groups Outraged By Ruling On Morning-After Pill

The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
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Superfood Kale In The Limelight

This week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin told the world not to "mess with kale." But it seems kale has been outgunning other dark leafy vegetables for some time now.
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Shape Up, America, Before It's Too Late

Americans are healthier today than they were 20 years ago. But increases in obesity and diabetes threaten to overwhelm the progress we've made on smoking, violent crime and deaths from heart disease and strokes.
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Why Observing Prostate Cancers Is Gaining Ground On Surgery

An panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health suggests doctors should rethink their approach to treating prostate cancers. One of the recommendations is most low-risk prostate tumors shouldn't be labeled as cancer in the first place.

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