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Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

Mysterious fumes wafting in from outside have repeatedly sickened several nurses at a rural Pennsylvania health clinic, forcing the clinic to temporarily relocate. Like many other people living near gas wells around the country, the clinic's staff wonders whether the industry in their backyard is making them sick.
Wholesome Wave President and CEO Michel Nischan

Fresh Food Advocate Links Farmers, Doctors, Low-Income Families

Wholesome Wave CEO and President Michael Nischan tells The Salt about plans to get doctors to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables for better health and encouraging farmers to connect with low-income neighborhoods.

Poll: Americans Support Compensation For Organ Donors

About 60 percent of Americans support health care credits as compensation for organ donors.

Cost Of Cancer Pills Can Be Hard For Medicare Patients To Swallow

How some insurers pay for treatments means that pills can wind up costing a patient more than an IV.

Should Parents Be Able To Sue For 'Wrongful Birth'?

Critics say the laws give doctors the right to withhold information so women don't have abortions.

Alzheimer's Patients Turn To Stories Instead Of Memories

Storytelling can be therapeutic for people with dementia by giving them a chance to communicate.

FDA Gets Advice To Approve First Pill To Cut HIV Infections

A panel of experts said that Truvada could protect healthy people at high risk for HIV infection.

A Critic's Advice For Doctors In Search Of Industry Work

A critic refutes the idea that conflicts between the drug industry and doctors are in the past.

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FDA Leans On Device Makers To Cut X-Ray Doses For Kids

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that manufacturers of X-ray machines and CT scanners do more to protect children from radiation exposure. If companies don't take steps to limit X-ray doses, the agency may require a label on their new equipment recommending it not be used on children. - READ MORE

When Religious Rules And Women's Health Collide

A survey of more than 1,000 ob-gyns who work in religious hospitals finds that more than one-third report they've had a conflict regarding religious-based policy for patient care. At Catholic hospitals, the figure was 52 percent. - READ MORE

Why Your Drug Copay Could Change

Insurers and employers are looking to stem the rising costs of expensive specialty drugs. One approach is to vary the copayment depending on the health value they calculate the drugs provide. - READ MORE

Antidote For Cocaine Overdose Shows Promise

Reporting in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, researchers write that they've developed a antidote that reverses dangerous symptoms of a cocaine overdose in mice. Study co-author Kim Janda discusses how the vaccine, made from artificially produced human antibodies against cocaine, works. - READ MORE

First Of Controversial Bird Flu Studies Is Published

The paper describes experiments that suggest just a few genetic changes could potentially make a bird flu virus capable of becoming contagious in humans and causing a dangerous pandemic. A fierce debate has raged over this study for months, because of fears that the work might provide a recipe for turning bird flu into a bioweapon. - READ MORE

A Step Forward For Gene Therapy To Treat HIV

Years after more than 40 patients with HIV received immune cells designed to attack and kill cells infected with HIV, the specialized cells are still present in their bloodstreams. There's been no sign the cells, a form of gene therapy, caused any serious side effects. - READ MORE

Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

In Michigan, areas with more cardiac catheterization labs — places where patients are diagnosed for heart problems — tended to have more interventions than those with fewer labs. - READ MORE

What's On Facebook's Mind? Organ Donation

Starting today, the social media giant is letting you add organ-donation status to your timeline. And, if you'd like to become an organ donor, Facebook will direct you to a registry to get started. - READ MORE

Alcohol And Health Insurance Don't Always Mix

Under some state laws, a patient's positive test for alcohol can mean that insurers won't pay hospitals and doctors for care after an accident. To sidestep the potential problem, hospitals often don't screen patients for alcohol use. - READ MORE

Studies Reignite Mammography Debate For Middle-Aged Women

In two new papers, researchers found that two types of women would benefit from regular mammograms in their 40s: those who have very dense breasts, and those who have a close relative who had breast cancer. But some scientists say the papers are misleading women and their physicians. - READ MORE