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Sepsis, A Wily Killer, Stymies Doctors' Efforts To Tame It

Monday, May 04, 2015

It's a deadly combination of infection and inflammation striking more than a million Americans every year. Doctors can treat the symptoms of sepsis, but they still can't treat the underlying problem.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Like asthma or diabetes, opioid addiction is a chronic condition. Could treatment that begins when people show up in the ER get them on the right road faster?

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All Things Considered

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Monday, April 27, 2015

Excess fluoride consumption is leading to tiny white marks on many people's teeth. It's mainly a cosmetic problem, but one that could be solved by lowering the fluoride in drinking water.

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Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For decades, first-year medical students have had to cram the details of the cellular metabolism cycle into their heads. Some med schools say it's time to quit cramming and focus on patients' lives.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Friday, April 24, 2015

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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All Things Considered

Dr. Oz Responds To Criticism On His Show

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Oz is in the spotlight after a number of doctors signed an open letter to Columbia University asking that it revoke his faculty position. On his show Thursday, Dr. Oz addressed his critics.

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All Things Considered

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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All Things Considered

Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 โ€” far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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All Things Considered

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Monday, April 20, 2015

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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Morning Edition

FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Monday, April 20, 2015

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.

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All Things Considered

Physicians Urge Columbia To Fire Dr. Oz For Promoting 'Quack Treatments'

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.

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Study: Insurers Fail To Cover All Prescribed Contraceptives

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An analysis of health plans in five states found limited or no coverage for some forms of contraception. Insurers sometimes imposed copays or required women to pay the full cost of the contraceptives.

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Letters About Dense Breasts Can Lead To More Questions Than Answers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Nearly half the states in the U.S. require that women be notified if mammograms detect that they have dense breasts. Critics say the information raises anxiety more than it improves care.

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Morning Edition

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thursday, April 16, 2015

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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All Things Considered

Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Morning Edition

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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