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A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors

A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation has some in the medical community questioning whether donors are technically "dead." The controversy centers around how one defines "dead" — something that turns out to be pretty complicated.
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Ban the Tan?

States and counties across the country are cracking down on the use of indoor tanning beds by teens. We explore medical aspects of the issue.

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Justices Hear Arguments On Individual Mandate

The nation's capital is focused on the Supreme Court this week, and that includes members of Congress. Wednesday is the third day justices will hear arguments considering the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul.
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Organ Harvesters Blur Line Between Life And Death

Backed by the federal government, doctors in Michigan are trying to expand the use of a controversial form of organ donation that raises disturbing ethical concerns, including questions about whether the donors are really dead. Defining dead turns out to be pretty complicated. There are two ways to declare someone dead.
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Supreme Court's Medicaid Decision Could Reach Far Beyond Health Care

The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.

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