February 29, 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that a requirement for cigarette makers to put large, gruesome labels on their products violates free speech rights. Foes of the tobacco industry urged the Justice Department to appeal.
February 29, 2012 Federal health officials have added new safety alerts to statins, a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels. The Food and Drug Administration cited rare side effects, including memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain. Robert Siegel talks to Rob Stein about the news.
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February 29, 2012 Writer Sandra Tsing Loh loves her 91-year-old father. As he lost his independence, she began caring for him and has encountered frustration that many children of aging baby boomers may face. In a piece in The Atlantic, she confesses that there are moments when she wishes he would die.
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The last photo of Joy and her father, taken in July 2011.
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February 29, 2012 Caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease can drain families' bank accounts. But there is also a high emotional price to be paid. The administration's federal budget would fund more support for family caregivers.
February 29, 2012 A massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme has been shut down by federal authorities. One doctor in Texas, Jacques Roy, was allegedly responsible for nearly $375 million in fraudulent billing.
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Toothache? The ER doctor will see you now.
February 28, 2012 More than 800,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2009 were for toothaches and other avoidable dental ailments. In hard times, states often cut Medicaid's dental benefits, pushing low-income patients from the dentist's office to the emergency room.
February 28, 2012 A Texas doctor and six co-conspirators indicted for an alleged long-running health care scam look to have set a new record for a medical practice: $350 million in fraudulent Medicare bills and $24 million under Medicaid over nearly six years ending in late 2011.
February 28, 2012 A Texas doctor and six others were indicted Tuesday on charges they defrauded Medicare and Medicaid to the tune of nearly $375 million dollars.
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February 28, 2012 Some health insurers are angling to appeal to millions of new insurance shoppers by opening retail stores where people can buy a policy, check on an existing claim, maybe even take a class in healthy cooking or yoga.
Connor Perruccello-McClellan, a senior at Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island, has been vaccinated against HPV, something less than 1 percent of U.S. males can say.
February 27, 2012 Human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. And girls have been the prime focus for vaccination, though that has stirred controversy almost from the start. Now pediatricians says vaccinating boys could curb illnesses tied to the virus.
February 27, 2012 Advances in genetic testing have improved the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of disease. In Am I My Genes?, Dr. Robert Klitzman wades through the difficult decisions that come along with having more information about your genetic makeup.
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Pinwheels like these are often used to test nerve responses.
February 27, 2012 Scientists say they've developed a technique that reconnects the severed ends of a nerve, allowing it to begin carrying messages again very quickly — at least in rats. Usually, severed nerves must regrow from the point of injury — a process that can take months, if it ever happens.
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February 27, 2012 A series of experiments published in the journal Nature Medicine suggest young adult women have primitive stem cells that could generate new eggs. The findings are generating both excitement and questions.
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February 24, 2012 Until the current fight over a similar federal regulation, the New Hampshire law requiring contraceptive coverage was on the books for more than a decade without controversy. Now Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to carve out a religious exemption.
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February 23, 2012 A Georgetown law student made her case for mandatory insurance coverage for birth control in front of a panel of House Democrats. A week ago she was prevented from testifying before a Republican-controlled committee.
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