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Opponents Of Virginia Abortion Clinic Regulations Deliver Comments

Opponents of the strict abortion clinic regulations approved on an emergency basis in Virginia last year have offered more than 3,600 public comments against the rules.


'Love Your Butt' Ads Try To Conquer Colonoscopy Fears

A new campaign is aimed at helping people overcome the stigma of colon cancer screening. Public health advocates have been laboring for years to get people over age 50 in for colonoscopies, but so far just 60 percent have been screened.

Why More Patients Should Blog About Illness And Death

The most prestigious medical institutions now encourage patients to blog their experiences with serious illness through sites like CaringBridge and CarePages. Palliative care experts say these tools and social media may be helping us all become more open to talking about death.
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Maryland Senate Passes Funding For Health Benefit Exchange

Senators voted 35-11 for the bill that will fund the program allowing residents a choice of private health plans.


When A Famous Hospital Didn't Want An Expensive New Drug

It's remarkably rare for leading research hospitals to reject new drugs because of cost.

'Sponge' Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C

Doctors are desperate for better treatments for hepatitis C, which now affects about 4 million Americans. A new kind of drug that "mops up" molecules in the cells stopped the virus in a small clinical study, offering hope for a quicker cure with few side effects.

Simple Strategies Can Prevent Grain Bin Tragedies

A series on worker deaths in grain bins continues with a trip inside a grain bin — stepping into thousands of bushels of corn — to demonstrate the power of corn and the safe grain bin entry methods that are required by law.