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Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 03:18 PM CST

Democrats Win Big With Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

Democrats Win Big With Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

Barack Obama may not be running for anything these days, but his signature health care law was a big winner in Tuesday’s elections, as voters rebelled against Republican lawmakers who have blocked Obamacare's...

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 01:22 PM CST

Boy With Rare Disease Gets Brand New Skin With Gene Therapy

Boy With Rare Disease Gets Brand New Skin With Gene Therapy

Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt to save his life. Two years later,...

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 10:27 AM CST

Study: Pain Relievers Worked as Well as Opioids

Study: Pain Relievers Worked as Well as Opioids<br /><br />

Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with...

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 12:31 PM CST

1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They're Grown in Eggs

1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They're Grown in Eggs

Last year's influenza vaccine reduced the number of flu-related visits to the doctor by 42 percent, and the vacine reduced a specific strain of flu virus by even less, according to the Centers for Disease...

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 11:43 AM CDT

'Unusually Severe' Plague Sickens 1,800 in Madagascar

'Unusually Severe' Plague Sickens 1,800 in Madagascar

More than 1,800 people in Madagascar have contracted plague in what the World Health Organization deemed an "unusually severe" outbreak, but it's unlikely to spread beyond the island, NBC News reported. The...

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 02:20 PM CDT

Obama Touts Open Enrollment for 'Obamacare'

Obama Touts Open Enrollment for 'Obamacare'

A new deadline, rising prices and fewer options for help will greet health insurance shoppers as the Affordable Care Act's main enrollment window opens Wednesday. Also in store: Befuddlement. "Confusion seems...

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 12:39 PM CDT

Safety Grades Released for Illinois Hospitals

Safety Grades Released for Illinois Hospitals

Illinois hospitals rank 26th nationwide when it comes to avoiding medical errors, injuries and infections, a new report released Tuesday finds.

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:41 AM CDT

NJ Sues OxyContin Maker, Alleges 'Direct Link' to Opioid Crisis

NJ Sues OxyContin Maker, Alleges 'Direct Link' to Opioid Crisis

New Jersey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company that manufactures OxyContin, claiming a "direct link" between the state's opioid crisis and the firm's deceptive marketing practices. State Attorney...

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 09:55 AM CDT

Dark Chocolate Sold in 23 States Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Dark Chocolate Sold in 23 States Recalled for Undeclared Milk

A New York-based company is recalling a bunch of chocolate products, most of which were sold at Wegmans stores in nearly two dozen states, because they contain milk not declared on the list of ingredients, which...

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 06:02 AM CDT

Global Warming Is Hitting People's Health: Medical Study

Global Warming Is Hitting People's Health: Medical Study

Global warming is hurting people's health a bit more than previously thought, but there's hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts...

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