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Patients With Online Access To Doctors May Make More Office Visits

Previous research has found that patients with online access to their doctors made fewer trips to the doctor's office. But a large, just-published study shows just the opposite: Patients who can email their physicians may schedule more visits.

Making Sense Of Colors And Shapes In The Toilet

No one really wants to think about what goes down the drain when you flush. But sometimes, you've got to look to see what your bowels are telling you about your health. Doctors have been decoding our pee and poo since medieval times. They've even developed handy visual guides.
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Virginia Democrats Call For Special Session On Insurance Exchange

Virginia Democrats are trying to push back against Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to use the federal health insurance exchange, calling for a special session of the state legislature before the deadline.


Coconut Conservationist Seeks Pacific Islands For Fun And Palm Preservation

Are the sources for your trendy coconut water and oil in danger? Not yet, says a French scientist, but he has an elaborate vision for how to overcome the coconut's biological challenges and ensure that the plant's dozens of varieties stick around for a long time.

Many Surgical Complications Show Up After Patients Get Home

More than 40 percent of surgical complications occur after patients are at home. The solution for the problem isn't keeping patients in the hospital longer, researchers say. Better instructions to patients and improved monitoring could help.

When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No

Just because medical marijuana is legal where you live doesn't mean your health insurer will deem it worthy of coverage. The feds still classify it as a controlled substance with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, so insurers and employers are wary of paying for it.
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Dan Buettner: "Blue Zones: Second Edition"

Researcher, explorer and author Dan Buettner on the latest research about so-called "Blue Zones" locales, where residents live longer than anywhere else on earth.