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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.

Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful History

The latest claim was made in Egypt: Electromagnetism can detect the virus and "the Complete Cure Device" can wipe it out. It's not the first false promise — and probably not the last.

Ebola Quiz: How Much Do You Know About The Outbreak?

The virus has been in the headlines since March, but both in Africa and the rest of the world, there's a lot of confusion. Take our Ebola quiz to see if you've kept up with all the twists and turns.

Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola

The WHO has called for donations to help contain the outbreak. But money is just the first step. The challenges run from finding the right staff to prepping neighboring countries just in case.

Without Hope Of Help, Neighbors Turn To Makeshift Ebola Quarantine

In the Liberian capital of Monrovia, one community, without help from the government, set up their own quarantine of a family they believed to be infected with Ebola. For two weeks, the family grew sicker and sicker, until finally the ambulance arrived to take them to an isolation ward — but only after the teenage son had died.

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in protein bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

Wide Range Of Hospital Charges For Blood Tests Called 'Irrational'

An analysis of hospital charges in California couldn't explain the wide variation in listed prices for routine lab work. Teaching hospitals and government-run hospitals charged the least.
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The Science of Sleep

New research is telling us more and more about sleep. We join two sleep doctors to explore the science of slumber.


What The U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From Ebola Outbreak

Future outbreaks of superbugs that resist treatment will test the American health care system's ability to respond. A prominent patient advocate says we need to be ready.