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Maryland health exchange digs into data to up enrollment

By WYPR.com  |  December 19, 2014

When you apply for coverage on a health insurance exchange, you've got to put in some basic information. Taken together, these data points help paint a picture of who and where the exchange has successfully connected, and Maryland's exchange has tapped that information to improve its outreach...

Half of Dr. Oz's medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says

By Washington Post  |  December 19, 2014

It's not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America's doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. But has Oz, who often peddles miracle cures for weight loss and other maladies, mortgaged medical veracity for entertainment...

When not-for-profit hospitals sue their poorest patients

By National Public Radio / ProPublica  |  December 19, 2014

Some not-for-profit hospitals around the country don't ever seize their patients' wages. Some do so only in very rare cases. But others sue hundreds of patients every year.

Ebola doctor's recovery shows promise of resurrected lung drug

By Bloomberg.com  |  December 19, 2014

An experimental drug that fights a condition called vascular leak may play a role in helping people survive Ebola, said doctors in Germany who used it to treat a fellow physician who contracted the virus in West Africa.

Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

By Reuters  |  December 18, 2014

The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.

It’s the best time to be born as life expectancy tops 70

By Bloomberg.com  |  December 18, 2014

These are good times to be a baby. A child born last year will live six years longer on average than one born in 1990, the first time in history that life expectancy worldwide extends past age 70.

FDA discourages unnecessary 'keepsake' ultrasounds during pregnancy

By Huffington Post  |  December 18, 2014

So-called "prenatal portraits" and ultrasound parties, in which parents-to-be visit commercial outfits for the chance to see and coo at their growing babies, may be trendy, but the Food and Drug Administration is speaking out against both practices.

Why Congress gave in to medical marijuana

By The Atlantic  |  December 18, 2014

Congress may have tried to stop residents of the nation's capital from being able to light up joints with impunity, but lawmakers retreated last week in another important drug-war front: medical marijuana.

Amgen's new leukemia drug to carry $178,000 price tag

By Reuters  |  December 17, 2014

Amgen on Wednesday said its new type of treatment for a deadly form of leukemia would cost about $178,000 when it becomes available on Thursday, which would make it one of the world's most expensive cancer drugs.

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