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Virginia Launches Online Last Wishes

A new registry in Virginia allows individuals to plan for the unexpected.
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Panel: 'Watchful Wait' OK For Many Prostate Cancers

A government-sponsored expert panel says most cases of early prostate cancer shouldn't be called cancer at all, because the disease progresses very slowly, if at all. The group says men with these low-risk cancers — the great majority — should be offered the choice of deferring treatment, maybe permanently, in favor of being monitored for signs that their tumor has become more aggressive.
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Houston's Health Clinics Struggle To Meet Demand

A new study documents the increasing crush of patients turning to free public clinics in the Houston area. Officials there are worried because they expect even more people to seek care when the Affordable Care Act, the federal health law, takes effect in a little over a year.
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When 'Critical Access Hospitals' Aren't So Critical

Efforts to cut federal spending are targeting a program that gives higher Medicare reimbursements to small hospitals in rural areas. Some observers say the program has gotten so big, it's propping up hospitals that are neither critical to a community nor isolated.
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Women's Groups Outraged By Ruling On Morning-After Pill

The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.

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