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Healthcare spurs consumer surge in US GDP
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Consumer spending has surged as a proportion of the U.S. economy since the mid 1960s, and it's not because Americans splurged on cars, clothes or vacations. Instead, they were looking after their well-being. Medical payments now account for about 16 percent of total consumer spending, more than food and clothing combined. More



Church-tied institutions have year to meet birth control coverage rules
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Church-affiliated institutions will get only one more year to meet a new rule to cover birth control free of charge. In many cases, religious-affiliated employers such as hospitals and universities have not provided birth control coverage for their employees. They were seeking a broader exemption that would allow them to continue that practice. More

New restrictions on abortion almost tied record in 2011
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If it seemed like 2011 was a big year for laws restricting abortion, it was. According to an annual report compiled by the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, the 69 laws enacted restricting a woman's reproductive rights were just one short of the record set in 1999. The states that passed the largest number of abortion restrictions all got new, anti-abortion governors in 2009 or 2010: Florida, Arizona and Kansas. More

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British company looking for FDA approval of pot prescription drug
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A British pharmaceutical company has asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve the world's first prescription drug developed from key ingredients of marijuana. GW Pharmaceuticals has developed a mouth spray that contains marijuana's two best-known psychoactive ingredients. The company is in advanced clinical trials to the get the spray approved in the United States as treatment for severe cancer pain. More

FDA: Labs didn't give proper data on preterm birth gel
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Columbia Laboratories and Watson Pharmaceuticals didn't provide sufficient data that their progesterone gel reduces the risk of preterm birth, advisers to U.S. regulators said. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted that the companies didn't adequately prove the gel prevents mid-trimester births. More

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Study: Many breast cancer patients uninformed about options
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In too many cases, doctors aren't doing a good job of informing American women with early stage breast cancer about the disease or their surgery options, a study suggests. Researchers surveyed breast cancer survivors on their disease knowledge. Respondents typically answered only about half of the questions correctly, and less than half said their surgeons had even asked them their personal surgery preference prior to treatment. More

Statins may work against certain breast cancers
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Statins are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, but a recent study suggests certain types of breast cancer may respond to treatment with statins. An international team led by Columbia University found when they treated breast cancer cells carrying a mutant p53 gene with statins, they stopped growing in the disorganized manner characteristic of tumors, and in some cases even died. More

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Flu season 2012: Why is no one getting sick?
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is at "relatively low" levels. Which raises the interesting question: Did all of our preparation and worry and taxpayer dollars actually do something, asks infectious disease specialist Kent Sepkowitz. Not a chance. Flu epidemics are notoriously hard to predict and track. More

Report: Sex is possible after heart trouble or stroke
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Sexual activity is safe for many people who have experienced heart problems or stroke, experts said in a statement containing recommendations for safe sexual activity. The report, issued by a panel of major medical organizations, notes that the question of resuming sexual activity after cardiovascular events is a major issue for patients. More

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Researchers pause work on bird flu that could kill hundreds of millions
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VideoBriefIt is the stuff of science fiction: scientists tamper with a killer bird flu virus and create something much worse. But it is so deadly real that the U.S. government asked scientists to omit key details of their research when they are published to keep the formula from bio-terrorists. And researchers announced a self-imposed 60-day "voluntary pause" on any research involving a highly transmissible form of bird flu they have created. More

Cord blood stem cells may restore hearing
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U.S. researchers are undergoing a phase I safety study using a child's umbilical cord blood stem cells to try to restore hearing loss. The year-long study will follow 10 children, ages 6 weeks to 18 months, who have sustained post-birth hearing loss. Children who are deaf as a result of a genetic anomaly or syndrome are not eligible for the test. More

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New autism criteria: Expert seeks to calm fears
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Two new studies on autism are out — one suggesting children can outgrow the disorder, and the other finding that changing the definition of autism could leave out thousands of patients. The first study suggests that some children who got an autism diagnosis were later found to no longer have it — possibly because they originally had other issues, such as anxiety, depression or hearing disorders. More

1 in 5 Americans suffers from mental illness
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One in five Americans experienced some sort of mental illness in 2010, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 5 percent of Americans have suffered from such severe mental illness that it interfered with day-to-day school, work or family. More

Insomnia can be dangerous, but there's rest for the weary
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Insomnia, which is twice as common in women as in men, affects 6 percent to 10 percent of adults. It's the most common sleep disorder, yet often goes undiagnosed and untreated, according to a new report. The consequences can be much more serious than daytime sleepiness. Research has linked insomnia to high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes and other ailments. More

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