COMMENTARY: The case against the annual checkup
We're now in the evidence-based era of medicine, and there's little evidence that annual exams provide any benefit. So here's a free bit of advice: If you're not sick, don't go to the doctor.
HEALTH: Mapping the way to a more fair wait for new livers
Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, and your risk of dying while waiting. The nation's transplant network says it's time to make the system fairer — and it may take a cue from how politicians redraw voting maps.
"Gerrymandering for the public good" is how Johns Hopkins University transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev describes a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country.
Navigator groups get $67M to sign up uninsured
With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Navigator grant awards to 105 groups in states where the federal government will run online insurance marketplaces. Sebelius said consumers are "hungry for information."
Obesity very high in 13 states; many in the South
Adult obesity still isn't budging, the latest government survey shows.
EDITORIALS: Bad medicine for hospitals; An exotic place to die
Obamacare is cutting hospitals' Medicare reimbursements but won't deliver on promises to insure enough people to make up for those losses. The prognosis isn't good.
More than 100,000 people have signed up to basically die on Mars. That might seem surprising until you consider humans' long held fascination with space and the Red Planet in particular.
Surge of brain activity may explain near-death experience, study says
You feel yourself float up and out of your physical body. You glide toward the entrance of a tunnel, and a searing bright light envelops your field of vision. Rather than an ascent into the afterlife, a new study says these features of a near-death experience may just be a bunch of neurons in your brain going nuts.
Study: Half who now buy own health plan to get aid
About half the people who now buy their own health insurance— and potentially would face higher premiums next year under President Barack Obama's health care law— would qualify for federal tax credits to offset rate shock, according to a new private study.
Manage your health with mobile apps
From managing asthma and measuring heart rates to scheduling lab work and ordering prescriptions, new smartphone apps and mobile devices aim to make taking care of one's health a bit easier.
Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study
Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better survival rates for the disease, which is particularly deadly because it's often not caught until an advanced stage.
INTERNATIONAL: China promotes breast-feeding amid tainted milk
With her 1-day-old son propped against her in a hospital bed nursing, Qi Wenjuan says she has no desire to feed her child with infant formula.
"I don't trust baby formula," the first-time mother said, lying in the maternity ward of Beijing's Tiantan Hospital. "There are too many quality problems."
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