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Health Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival
A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.
Health Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision.
Health First lady responds to school meal critics First lady responds to school meal critics
First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."
Health Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas
Surprising new research shows a small but diverse community of bacteria lives in the placentas of healthy pregnant women, overturning the belief that fetuses grow in a pretty sterile environment.
Health Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks
A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the "dazed" engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators' necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits.
Health 5 Things to Know about women's medical care at VA
Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
Health Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans
Some consumers who bought insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law have buyer's remorse after realizing that their longtime doctors aren't accepting the new plans.
Health Schools seek upgrades to entice healthy eating Schools seek upgrades to entice healthy eating
Industrial blenders mix up smoothies for students in New York while some schools in California are adding salad bars. In Dallas, campus cafeterias use pass-through coolers and warmers to make sure the food is just right before it's served.
Health The doctor's in - through webcam, smartphone The doctor's in - through webcam, smartphone
Welcome to the virtual house call, the latest twist on telemedicine. It's increasingly getting attention as a way to conveniently diagnose simple maladies, such as whether that runny nose and cough is a cold or the flu.
Health Researcher: technology not to blame for teen woes Researcher: technology not to blame for teen woes
Danah Boyd has made a name for herself at the research division of Microsoft for painstaking work examining social media, Big Data and the tension between public and private lives, but it's her teens'-eye view of the digital world that sets her apart.
Health Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus
Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?