January 31, 2011 In a closely watched case, Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Florida has ruled that the law's mandate that everyone have insurance starting in 2014 or pay a fine is unconstitutional.
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Author Toni Bernhard, who is house-bound and often bed-bound, says she's learned to cultivate joy through others.
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January 31, 2011 Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick, struggled with the isolation that came with a chronic illness diagnosis. But her study of Buddhism taught her how to embrace a new life rather than dwell on her old one.
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President Barack Obama said he was open to improvements to the health overhaul law during his State of the Union speech earlier this week.
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January 28, 2011 An analysis from the administration shows that health insurance premiums are expected to be lower than they otherwise would be without the overhaul law. But opponents say the numbers don't add up.
January 28, 2011 During the long, and often fraught battle over health care legislation, many claimed that President Obama's health care reform would lead to a rationing of services and treatments. Wesley J. Smith of The Weekly Standard argues that in the months since the bill passed, this seems to be coming true.
The AMA spent nearly $22 million in 2010.
January 27, 2011 Amid last year's debate over the federal health overhaul, the American Medical Association was the biggest spender for lobbying operations among health care groups. Overall, though, the top 10 health care players spent 9 percent less than they did the year before.
January 27, 2011 In his State of the Union on Tuesday, President Obama briefly defended the Affordable Care Act. Though his words on health care reform were short, Jonathan Cohen of The New Republic argues that Obama's stance was still strong and resonant.
A traveler passes an automated external defibrillator at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
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January 27, 2011 A national study of 13,000 cardiac arrests that occurred outside a hospital finds the chances of survival are much higher among people whose cardiac arrests happenin public versus than for those whose hearts stopped at home or in a nursing home.
Las Vegas police stand guard outside Harrah's hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Feb. 21, 2006. As officer Norman Jahn recalls, police arrested the suspected gunman without firing a shot.
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January 27, 2011 At least 14 police officers have been killed in the line of duty this month; many more have survived gunshots. But a longtime police officer says the media and his colleagues should think twice about calling it a "war" between police and criminals.
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January 27, 2011 Danish researchers looked at the health records of 85,000 women who had had first-trimester abortions. Those women were more likely to seek mental health treatment while they were pregnant, but didn't need more help after having the abortion. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine..
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Three examples of proposed warning graphics that will appear on cigarette packaging as part of the government's new tobacco prevention efforts.
January 26, 2011 A majority of Americans favor the stark cigarette labels FDA has proposed to deter smoking, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Thomson Reuters for NPR. About 42 percent of current smokers even support the tough warnings.
A neon sign for Camel cigarettes near Times Square in New York City, circa 1958.
January 26, 2011 Americans' passion for smoking decades ago is cutting lives short now. That past habit and our weight problems today help explain why people in other wealthy countries can expect to live longer.
January 25, 2011 The latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds opposition to the federal health overhaul law jumped 9 percentage points, from 41 percent in December to 50 percent in January. The proportion of people favoring the law held steady at 41 percent.
January 25, 2011 The bargains can be appealing for people who don't have insurance coverage for infertility treatments, which is to say most people. Only about 20 percent of companies covered pricey treatments like in vitro fertilization, a survey found.
January 24, 2011 Repeal of the health law is unlikely to succeed, but Republicans are setting their sights on some vulnerable provisions. If they succeed, it would affect the country's direction in health spending and coverage.
January 24, 2011 GlaxoSmithKline's U.S. President Deirdre Connelly acknowledged huge fines paid by drugmakers and the low esteem consumers have for the companies these days. She said Glaxo will no longer pay bonuses for U.S. sales representatives based on prescriptions.
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