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Study questions if bed rest prevents prematurity

Posted: 05/14/2013 - New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies — bed rest — doesn't seem to prevent premature birth, and might even worsen that risk.

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Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy: Q&A

Updated: 05/14/2013 - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie announced on Tuesday that she had a preventative mastectomy after learning she had a gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer.

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Obama calls on Congress to help more homeowners

Posted: 05/13/2013 - Obama says more than 2 million people are saving about $3,000 a year after restructuring their loans under his administration but that more deserve the same chance.

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France confirms 2nd case of SARS-related virus

Posted: 05/13/2013 - France has confirmed a second case of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, authorities said Sunday, as they increased efforts to inform the public about how to avoid the illness and watch for its signs.

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Govt stops study seeking to prevent type of stroke

Posted: 05/13/2013 - The government has halted a study testing treatments for a brain condition that can cause strokes after early results suggested invasive therapies were riskier than previously thought.

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Utah to be first to use dual-model health exchange

Posted: 05/13/2013 - The federal government has approved Utah to become the first state to have a dual-model health insurance exchange in which the state and the federal government divide responsibilities.

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US government files morning-after pill appeal

Updated: 05/13/2013 - The Obama administration on Monday filed a last-minute appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.

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Drugmakers, health groups bring poor girls vaccine

Posted: 05/10/2013 - Two multinational drugmakers are teaming up with top global health groups to protect millions of girls in the world's poorest countries from deadly cervical cancer.

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3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus in France

Posted: 05/10/2013 - French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, while a man confirmed to have the virus remains hospitalized.

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AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

Posted: 05/10/2013 - The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states attempting to establish their own health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's signature health law.

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IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

Posted: 05/10/2013 - Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services.

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Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

Posted: 05/09/2013 - Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

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Health Department warns of West Nile

Posted: 05/07/2013 - Four out of five people with West Nile won't show symptoms, but others will develop severe illness that can result in permanent neurological damage or even death.

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Bashful? Buy the little blue pill online

Posted: 05/06/2013 - In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.

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States fear losing aid for 'uninsurables'

Posted: 05/06/2013 - Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.

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App lets amputees program their own bionic hands

Posted: 05/06/2013 - Double-amputee Jason Koger used to fly hundreds of miles to visit a clinician when he wanted to adjust the grips on his bionic hands. Now, he's got an app.

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Study: Exercise cuts kidney stone risk in women

Posted: 05/06/2013 - "Every little bit makes a difference" and the intensity doesn't matter — just getting a minimum amount of exercise does, said Dr. Mathew Sorensen of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

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