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A Woman's Journey From Cancer Diagnosis To 'Professional Patient'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Advances in cancer treatments have made some forms of the disease a chronic condition. But protracted treatment, even when successful, comes at a high personal toll for patients and their families.

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Patients Often Aren't Offered Minimally Invasive Surgery

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Laparascopic surgery can be faster, safer and cheaper, but patients don't always get the choice even if it's appropriate, a study finds. Using it more often would reduce complications and save money.

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

While industry and government officials agree something needs to be done to prevent the tens of thousands of debilitating injuries among nursing staff, nobody can agree how to enforce it.

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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.

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How 2 Children With Leukemia Helped Transform Its Treatment

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cancer treatment for kids has changed dramatically since the 1960s. Back then, doctors experimented with approaches that seemed promising but were also potentially toxic. Some survivors look back.

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States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Researchers say their study suggests that more diabetes is being detected in particular states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people have access to screening and care.

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Why The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won

Monday, March 23, 2015

Medical researchers have made only modest progress treating the most common cancers since the war on cancer was declared in 1971. The disease has proved far more complicated than doctors had hoped.

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Stats Split On Progress Against Cancer

Monday, March 23, 2015

When you dig into the number on cancer, the results are mixed. Overall, deaths are up. But survival five years after diagnosis has improved for many forms of the disease, including breast cancer.

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If You're Going To Die Soon, Do You Really Need Statins?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Many older people are taking a lot of meds, and some drugs may not be doing them much good. When terminally ill people went off statins, they said they felt better. And it didn't increase their risk.

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90 Years After Its Discovery, No Generic Insulin Sold In The U.S.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A low-cost version the hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is no longer available in the United States. This story first aired March 19 on Morning Edition.

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Patients Freeze Scalps To Save Hair During Chemo

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When Brandie Saint Claire was diagnosed with throat cancer, she found a treatment that let her keep her hair during chemotherapy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Saint Claire about using cold caps.

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Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Friday, March 20, 2015

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.

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Despite A Wave Of Data Breaches, Fed Says Patient Privacy Isn't Dead

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hackers may have gained access to records for 11 million people covered by Premera Blue Cross. It's the latest lapse keeping an obscure government agency that investigates the breaches busy.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thursday, March 19, 2015

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Exemption From State Taxes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The state's third largest insurer reportedly has $4.2 billion in financial reserves. The firm's former public policy director says the insurer is "unwilling or incapable" of serving the public good.

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Risks Run High When Antipsychotics Are Prescribed For Dementia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Results from an analysis of veterans' health records show a higher risk of death among people taking antipsychotic drugs for symptoms of dementia than has been documented before.

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Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill Delays Lynch Vote

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Senate remains deadlocked on what appeared to be a bipartisan bill which creates a fund for victims of human trafficking. Democrats object to language that would ban using the fund for abortions.

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Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

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