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  • School size plays a role in interracial friendships

    April 15, 2013 10:09 PM 155

    The larger the school, the more racially segregated it is, suggests a new study that looks at teens and their circles of close friends. The bigger the pool of potential friends, the less likely they'll be interracial, according to a study out today that examines the way young people form friendships. Popular wisdom is that the larger the community, the more diverse

  • It’s a huge day for Obamacare in Arkansas

    April 15, 2013 7:14 PM 176

    Posted by Sarah Kliff on April 15, 2013 at 8:55 am Health policy experts have been buzzing for weeks now over the so-called “Arkansas plan,” in which the state would use Medicaid expansion dollars to buy private insurance coverage. If Arkansas could hammer out an agreement with the Obama administration, the thinking has gone, a handful of Republican-run

  • Study: Many Invasive Medical Procedures are the Result of Uncertainty, Not Evidence

    April 15, 2013 6:07 PM 170

    Few of us are comfortable with uncertainty in any form, least of all when the status of our health is branded with the scarlet question mark. A new study set to publish this week in the journal JAMA suggests that fear of uncertainty is fueling a psychological dynamic that’s leading to more and more invasive procedures–whether or not we need them. Dr. Sunita

  • Texas-based Scooter Stores files for bankruptcy protection in Delaware

    April 15, 2013 5:50 PM 128

    The ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams the IRS wants you to avoid The company’s bankruptcy filing cited changes in health care laws and government investigations as financial burdens. It listed assets between $1 million and $10 million, and liabilities between $50 million and $100 million.

  • Want to Lose Weight? Leave it Up to Your Smartphone

    April 15, 2013 4:32 PM 160

    There’s an app for practically everything now, and the latest study shows that when it comes to weight loss, some apps may be more effective than traditional dieting methods. Smartphones are an ideal way to communicate and remind people of everything from to-do lists to food and fitness goals, so researchers in the UK decided to investigate how effective

  • FDA: Dietary supplement dangerous

    April 15, 2013 4:26 PM 194

    (CNN) -- Dietary supplements are commonly used to lose weight and build muscle, but the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding exposure to a potentially harmful ingredient. The FDA said in the advisory last week that it is using "all available tools at its disposal" to eliminate supplements containing the stimulant dimethylamylamine

  • Parents' Vaccination Choices Driven By Friends, Family

    April 15, 2013 4:01 AM 184

    When she was pregnant, Ashley Grover Desmarais did not give much thought to vaccinating her child. It hadn't occurred to her that she could do anything "out of the norm" until late in her pregnancy, when a friend posted on Facebook the reasons why her daughter was unvaccinated. The post prompted her to do some research. Grover Desmarais, 30, discussed

  • Can medical companies patent human genes? Supreme Court hears key case. (+video)

    April 15, 2013 12:43 AM 175

    The US Supreme Court on Monday takes up a case with widespread implications for scientific innovation and health care in the US. The question: Are human genes patentable? The US Supreme Court is scheduled on Monday to take up a case with widespread implications for scientific innovation and health care in the US. The question: Are human genes patentable

  • Health care providers want faster changes in payments

    April 14, 2013 6:09 PM 158

    Instead of fee-for-service medicine, providers want the government — or states or private payers — to pay for treatment as a whole. WASHINGTON — Health care providers are pushing the federal government to scrap the payment plan for medical services, preferring instead one payment for a patient's entire care instead of separate fees for each item. Instead

  • U.S. top court weighs patentability of human genes

    April 14, 2013 5:11 PM 160

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after learning that his son had autism, Hollywood producer Jon Shestack ("Air Force One") tried to get researchers investigating the genetic causes of the disorder to pool their DNA samples, the better to identify genes most likely to cause that disorder. But his approach to scientists at universities across the country in the late 1990s hit a brick