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Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise
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Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. In 2018, the Pentagon reported that 401 sites — including wells, on-base drinking sources and groundwater... Read More

Under New Rule, Hospitals Will Have to Share Information on Pricing
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Under New Rule, Hospitals Will Have to Share Information on Pricing

Hospitals will soon have to share price information they have long kept obscured — including how big a discount they offer cash-paying patients and rates negotiated with insurers — under a rule finalized Friday by the Trump administration. In a... Read More

Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
U.S. Senate
Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
2019-11-15 20:38:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control vaping are likely coming soon, but couldn’t say when. His testimony drew rebukes and words of frustration from members of... Read More

Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Medical Students the Merits of Service Animals
Mental Health
Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Medical Students the Merits of Service Animals

The newest faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has a great smile — and a wagging tail. Shetland, not quite 2 years old, is half golden retriever, half Labrador retriever. As of this fall, he... Read More

The Politics of Medicaid Expansion Have Changed
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The Politics of Medicaid Expansion Have Changed

WASHINGTON — Year by year, resistance to extending Medicaid to more low-income Americans in conservative states has given way. That trend seems likely to continue into 2020. In some states, Democratic governors who favor expansion have replaced Republicans who were... Read More

As Congress Works to Curb Surprise Medical Bills, New York’s Fix Gets Examined
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As Congress Works to Curb Surprise Medical Bills, New York’s Fix Gets Examined

Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital. As Congress considers... Read More

For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial
Mental Health
For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial

Andrew Echeguren, 26, had his first psychotic episode when he was 15. He was working as an assistant coach at a summer soccer camp for kids when the lyrics coming out of his iPod suddenly morphed into racist and homophobic... Read More

VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
Veterans
VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
2019-11-07 22:04:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new video tutorial aimed at helping veterans file disability compensation benefits claims online. The tutorial tells veterans how they can learn about and apply for benefits earned using... Read More

Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices, both conservative and liberal, appeared skeptical Wednesday of a Trump administration argument that the federal Clean Water Act should not apply to sewage plant wastewater that flows into the ground and eventually seeps into federally... Read More

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support
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Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

WASHINGTON — Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the... Read More

She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin
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She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin

HAMBURG, Germany — Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the United States. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean... Read More

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
State News
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
2019-10-29 17:12:41
by Dan McCue

A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy... Read More

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