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Study: Health law to raise claims cost 32 percent

Updated: 03/29/2013 - A new study finds that insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes "Let's make a deal'

Posted: 03/25/2013 - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

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Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas

Posted: 03/21/2013 - In half the states, mainly led by Democrats, officials are racing deadlines to connect uninsured residents to coverage now only months away. In others it's as if "Obamacare" had never passed.

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Influential pediatricians group backs gay marriage

Posted: 03/21/2013 - The nation's most influential pediatrician's group has endorsed gay marriage, saying a stable relationship between parents regardless of sexual orientation contributes to a child's health and well-being.

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UK: Public OK with creating babies from 3 people

Posted: 03/21/2013 - Critics, however, slammed the decision as a breach of ethics, saying there were already safe methods like egg donation to allow people to have children without mitochondria defects.

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Medical marijuana facility partners with rapper

Posted: 03/21/2013 - A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana.

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Crossville celebrates new public health center

Posted: 03/21/2013 - According to a news release from the state Health Department, Cumberland County's new Community Health Center replaces an outdated clinic built in 1966.

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Report: East TN home to 3 of 4 counties with worst health outcomes

Updated: 03/20/2013 - Knox Co. jumped near the top of the list in health factors, taking second place. Blount Co. fell a few spots, but still finished sixth, while Loudon Co. rounded out the top ten. Anderson and Blount also finished in the top quartile.

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Report: 1 in 3 seniors dies with, not of, dementia

Updated: 03/19/2013 - A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population.

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Bloomberg cigarette plan gets praise, criticism

Posted: 03/19/2013 - Shops from corner stores to supermarkets would have to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots.

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Surgery, therapy both prove good for knee repair

Posted: 03/19/2013 - You might not want to rush into knee surgery. Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes.

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Docs say keep trained eye on possible concussions

Posted: 03/19/2013 - The American Academy of Neurology said athletes shouldn't resume playing until they've been fully evaluated and cleared by a doctor or other professional with concussion expertise.

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UK study: Violence more likely among vets, troops

Posted: 03/15/2013 - Young men who have served in the British military are about three times more likely than civilians to have committed a violent offense, researchers reported Friday in a study that explores the roots of such behavior.

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Pope's partial lung shouldn't affect duties

Posted: 03/15/2013 - The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock. And the 76-year-old Francis will have to do it all with just one whole lung.

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OB/GYNs told robot hysterectomy not best option

Posted: 03/15/2013 - Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide.

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FDA probes new pancreas risks with diabetes drugs

Posted: 03/15/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration is looking into new evidence that suggests a group of recently approved diabetes drugs can increase the risk of pancreatitis and other problems.

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