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Should Patients See Their Doctors' Notes?

More than 90 percent of patients in one survey said they'd want to know what doctors write in their charts. The majority of doctors, though, are reluctant to share their notes. Time's Alice Park explains why patients want to see their charts — and why many physicians are wary of the idea.

Reality Sets In Between Toddler And Teen Years

Middle childhood was often thought of as a developmental placeholder between toddler and teen years. But a special issue of Human Nature explains that's when children learn to reason, control impulses, understand and accept mortality and plan for the future, among other developmental milestones.

Get The Lead Out: Panel Wants Kids' Limits Halved

Children should never live in a house with lead paint, according to a federal advisory committee charged with trying to reduce children's exposure to the toxic metal. The panel recommended lowering the threshold for lead exposure to reflect growing evidence that even slight exposure can harm.

Feds: Standardizing Electronic Health Payments Could Save $4.5 Billion

A proposed federal rule would set uniform standards for how health insurance companies are to pay electronic claims for health care services. It would encourage the use of electronic, rather than paper, claims.

A Changing Picture For Cancer Deaths In The U.S.

From the early 1990s until 2008, death rates from cancer in the U.S. fell by about 23 percent in men and 15 percent in women. That works out to more than 1 million fewer deaths from cancer over the period.
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'Seize The Days' Project Documents A Life With Cancer

A local oncologist is launching an audio recording project to help cancer patients document how they've changed their post-diagnosis lives.