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A rural community loses its hospital — a standalone ER fills the gap

by Sam Whitehead May 14, 2019
Quick thinking and a $2.2 million investment preserved the emergency room.
A standalone emergency room has filled a gap left after the closure of the only hospital in Gilmer County, Georgia.
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CVS tries to gain customers ... with smiles

by , and Apr 25, 2019
CVS and SmileDirectClub have a lot to gain from partnering.
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Trump administration reverses course on ACA

by , and Mar 26, 2019
In a filing with a federal appeals court in New Orleans Monday, the Trump administration said the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. It’s asking the court to affirm a December ruling by a Texas judge,…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) talks to reporters with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on July 18, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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In Oakland and elsewhere, health care is investing in affordable housing

by Raquel Maria Dillon Mar 12, 2019
Kensington Gardens' experience is indicative of a developing trend.
Ameria Lipscomb at her Kensington Gardens apartment.
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Full-time school nurses in short supply

by Robbie Feinberg Mar 11, 2019
According to a recent study, fewer than 40 percent of schools employ a full-time nurse.
Nurse Maxine Pare inside her office at Etna-Dixmont Elementary School in Etna, Maine.
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How specialist agencies help Chinese mothers give birth in the U.S.

by Jennifer Pak Mar 7, 2019
Expectant parents pay them tens of thousands of dollars to arrange every aspect of their trip.
The 2013 movie "Finding Mr Right" is a romantic comedy focused on Wen Jiajia, an unmarried pregnant woman from Beijing who flees to Seattle to give birth. It raised awareness of the trend of Chinese women having American babies.
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Cancer death rates have fallen 27 percent

by Andy Uhler Jan 9, 2019
Oncology experts say advances in cancer drugs have played a major role.
Cathy Bradley says many cancer patients stay at work because they need the health insurance their employer provides.
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Flu season could be less damaging, experts say

by Erika Beras Jan 8, 2019
During last year’s season, an estimated 80,000 people died.
A sign advertising flu shots is displayed at a Walgreens pharmacy on Jan. 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. 
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ER bills are expensive. And secretive.

by Sean McHenry Jan 7, 2019
In some hospitals, you could pay thousands of dollars just to sit in the waiting room.
"The costs are high — and they vary hugely from hospital to hospital," says Vox's Sarah Kliff. "Case in point: I found one hospital charging $1 for a squirt of an antibiotic ointment called bacitracin —and another charging $76."
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Big Pharma is betting big on cancer drugs

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 3, 2019
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced Thursday that it’s going to acquire another drugmaker, Celgene. The deal is worth about $74 billion. The combined company will have nine products with sales of more than a billion dollars a year, including some blockbuster cancer…
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