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Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Baffles Medical Experts While Frightening Parents

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October 17, 2018 at 6:21 am

A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms has health officials across the country scrambling to understand the illness. Yet, more than four ye...

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States Act To Safeguard Young Cancer Patients’ Chances To Have Children

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October 17, 2018 at 5:00 am | When Katherine Frega was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma eight years ago at age 17, she was so sick that all she could focus on was starting chemotherapy to treat her aggressive blood cancer. It was ...

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Influential Leapfrog Group Jumps In To Rate 5,600 Surgery Centers

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October 16, 2018 at 5:00 am | The influential Leapfrog Group, which grades nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is launching a national survey to evaluate the safety and quality of up to 5,600 surgery centers that perform millions of out...

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Drugmakers Funnel Millions To Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus

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October 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. Since the beginning of last year, 34 lawm...

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Medicare For All? CMS Chief Warns Program Has Enough Problems Already

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October 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm | The Trump administration’s top Medicare official Tuesday slammed the federal health program as riddled with problems that hinder care to beneficiaries, increase costs for taxpayers and escalate fraud...

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After 2 breast cancer diagnoses, survivor learns she needs a new heart

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October 16, 2018 at 7:15 am | The hair loss, fatigue and nausea were a given. As a nurse, Toni C. Wild had seen patients faced with these common side effects of chemotherapy. What Wild did not expect when she was diagnosed with b...

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TV Ads Must Trumpet Drug Prices, Trump Administration Says. Pharma Tries A Plan B.

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October 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm | [protected-iframe id="058f179fa8b152b44073df2c86604c1f-7618883-97277977" info="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/657598281/657724978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"][UPDATED ...

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As U.S. Suicide Rates Rise, Hispanics Show Relative Immunity

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October 15, 2018 at 8:50 am | The young man held the medication in his hand — and considered using it to end his life. But then he “put it down and said, ‘No. I need help,’” before heading to a Laredo, Texas, emergency room, ...

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Medicare Advantage Riding High As New Insurers Flock To Sell To Seniors

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October 15, 2018 at 5:00 am | Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original...

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