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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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APNewsbreak: States fear loss of health care aid

Posted: 05/03/2013 - State officials say thousands of people with medical problems are in danger of losing coverage as the Obama administration winds down one of the earliest programs in the federal health care overhaul.

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Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

Posted: 05/03/2013 - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's bassinet.

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Catholic bishops condemn Irish abortion bill

Posted: 05/03/2013 - Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops say the public should lobby lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother.

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Autism scientists seek more brains to aid research

Posted: 05/03/2013 - They announced Thursday a new network collecting brain specimens around the country. They say the more they get, the better the chances of finding better ways to treat the developmental disorder.

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US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

Posted: 05/02/2013 - One theory is that the recession caused more emotional trauma for this group, those ages 35 to 64. Experts also note that white baby boomers have always had a higher suicide rate.

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Study: Food, skin allergies increasing in children

Posted: 05/02/2013 - Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies?

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Vt. woman disfigured in attack reveals new face

Posted: 05/02/2013 - Carmen Blandin Tarleton of Thetford had face transplant surgery at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in February and spoke publicly for the first time at a news conference at the hospital Wednesday.

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Toddler is youngest to ever get lab-made windpipe

Posted: 05/02/2013 - A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

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Laying bare your finances to apply for health care

Posted: 05/02/2013 - An earlier version of the forms had provoked widespread griping that they were as bad as tax forms and might overwhelm uninsured people, causing them to give up in frustration.

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Women's groups decry appeal on morning-after pill

Posted: 05/02/2013 - The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups.

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FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

Posted: 05/01/2013 - In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.

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Inmate-removal order complicates Calif prison plan

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

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Obama administration simplifies health care form

Posted: 04/30/2013 - The first draft was as mind-numbing and complex as tax forms. Now the Obama administration is unveiling a simplified application for health insurance benefits under the federal health care overhaul.

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FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.

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