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Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 at 03:24 PM EDT

US Health Officials Brace for Potentially Bad Flu Season

US Health Officials Brace for Potentially Bad Flu Season

It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu...

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 05:58 PM EDT

Should Nurses Be Required to Get Flu Shots?

Should Nurses Be Required to Get Flu Shots?

The Massachusetts Nurses Association, representing thousands of nurses at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is fighting a new rule punishing members who refuse a flu shot.

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 04:50 PM EDT

Trump Says GOP Has Health Care Votes ... But It Doesn't

Trump Says GOP Has Health Care Votes ... But It Doesn't

Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital. That was President Donald...

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 01:36 PM EDT

Congress at Crossroads After GOP Health Care Fails: Analysis

Congress at Crossroads After GOP Health Care Fails: Analysis

Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next — more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation? Unless Republicans and...

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 04:58 PM EDT

'Manufactured Death': Opioids Killing Dozens Each Day

'Manufactured Death': Opioids Killing Dozens Each Day

Pointing out that more people are dying from drug overdoses than in terror attacks, federal and state authorities in Massachusetts joined forces to warn the public about the gravity of the ongoing opioid...

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 02:21 PM EDT

US Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Another High

US Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Another High<br /><br />

Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United...

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 01:41 PM EDT

Coffee Sold in California Could Come With Cancer Label

Coffee Sold in California Could Come With Cancer Label

A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip. A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing...

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 12:23 PM EDT

Long-Term Care for the Aging and Ailing Is Surging: Survey

Long-Term Care for the Aging and Ailing Is Surging: Survey

Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of...

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 04:21 AM EDT

Medicaid Recipients Watch Nervously as Health Bill Teeters

Medicaid Recipients Watch Nervously as Health Bill Teeters

With the latest Republican health care overhaul teetering near collapse, one group in particular is watching with heightened anxiety. The debate in Congress is personal for many of those who gained coverage...

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 at 03:50 PM EDT

Dentists Offer Fast Braces

Dentists Offer Fast Braces

Some orthodontists are skeptical about dentists who say "fast braces" are the way of the future. The American Association of Orthodontists takes no official position, but said it "recommends...

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