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4 charged in health insurance policy scheme

Posted: 06/28/2013 - A Springfield couple and two other people have been indicted on charges that they defrauded more than 17,000 people of more than $28 million in a national health care scheme.

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More C-sections are now done closer to due date

Posted: 06/27/2013 - Not only has the nation's high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother's due date, a new government report found.

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$839M inmate medical complex dedicated in California

Posted: 06/27/2013 - On Monday, a health threat posed by a potentially lethal airborne fungus prompted a federal judge to order as many as 3,250 inmates transferred immediately from two Central Valley prisons.

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NIH to retire most chimps from medical research

Posted: 06/27/2013 - It's official: The National Institutes of Health plans to end most use of chimpanzees in government medical research, saying humans' closest relatives "deserve special respect."

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New rules aim to rid schools of junk foods

Posted: 06/27/2013 - High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.

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Judge: California must move inmates because of fungus

Posted: 06/25/2013 - A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to move several thousand inmates out of two California prisons because they are at a high risk of contracting a potentially deadly airborne fungus.

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Latest bird flu strain 'kills more than a third'

Posted: 06/24/2013 - More than a third of patients infected with a new strain of bird flu died after being admitted to the hospital earlier this year, Chinese researchers report in a new study.

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Doctors make progress toward 'artificial pancreas'

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Doctors are reporting a major step toward an "artificial pancreas," a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed.

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Texas lawmakers approve abortion restrictions

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Many members of the conservative majority had flyers on their desks that read "Psalm 139:13-14," which reads in part, "You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

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Report: Economic well-being of US children slips

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Overall, the report shows there have been gains in education and health nationally, but since 2005, there have been serious setbacks when it comes to the economic well-being of children.

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Carpenter House to help men with sickle cell

Posted: 06/24/2013 - Trevor Thompson, president of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, told The Commercial Appeal that the Carpenter House will be among the first such residences in the country.

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Retired nurse undergoes liver transplant

Posted: 06/21/2013 - Beverly Loyd was previously turned down because of insurance complications and had been referred to hospice care providers until Methodist University Hospital agreed to perform the surgery at no cost.

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HPV vaccine cut infection by half in teen girls

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The research released Wednesday echoes studies done before the HPV vaccine became available in 2006. But the new study is the first evidence of just how well it works now that it is in general use.

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New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

Posted: 06/20/2013 - More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past year, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

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Medicare: Cost-saving changes coming for diabetics

Posted: 06/20/2013 - On July 1, Medicare opens a national mail-order program that will dramatically drop the prices the government pays for those products but patients will have to use designated suppliers.

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Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The "Get Covered America" campaign will include door-to-door visits by volunteers, brochures handed out at farmers markets and churches and, possibly, partnerships with sports leagues and celebrities.

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Gov't report: Smooth launch unsure for health law

Posted: 06/19/2013 - There's no guarantee that President Barack Obama's health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in the first in-depth independent look at its progress.

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Eating red meat may boost Type 2 diabetes risk

Posted: 06/18/2013 - A new study published June 17 in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating red meat over time was associated with a higher chance of developing the most common form of diabetes.

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Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

Posted: 06/18/2013 - Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says. Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers.

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