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Once Routine, Autopsies Now Scarce At U.S. Hospitals

Hospitals have financial incentives to avoid autopsies. And a decline in the number of postmortem examinations performed means lost opportunities for improving medical care and distortions in health care statistics.
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Biomedical Research Using Chimps Curtailed

Following an expert panel's recommendations, The National Institutes of Health announced it will not issue new awards for experiments using chimps until a new set of strict criteria is in place. The panel also recommended setting up an independent oversight committee that includes members of the public.
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Experimental Magnetic Pulses May Help Heal A Brain After Stroke

Researchers think the treatment encourages brain cells to form new connections, allowing the brain to rewire itself to compensate for damage caused by a stroke.
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Dominique Dawes, Olympian To Health Advocate

Dawes is the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics. Now at age 35, she's dedicated to helping others maintain healthy lifestyles. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her career, and how families can handle the challenges that face their student-athletes.
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Medicaid Takes Growing Slice Of States' Spending

These days the health program for the poor is claiming a bigger slice of states' spending than even K-12 education, says a report from the National Association of State Budget Officers.

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