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Insurers, Some States Extend Deadlines For Health Coverage

December 16, 2014
Jose Ramirez (left) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.

Canadians Head South Of Their Border For Medical Procedures

December 15, 2014
CNA Taylor Jasper makes up the bed in a patient room at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.

A hospital in north Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists — medical tourists, that is.

For Some Alzheimer’s Patients Musical Memories Still Stir While Others Fade

December 15, 2014
Margaret Simon, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, plays songs she learned as a child, in her apartment in Cherry Creek, Colo. (John Daley/CPR)

Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley tells us how elder care providers are using music to help those who suffer memory loss.

Can Medical Diagnoses Be Crowd-Sourced? For Over 500, The Answer Is ‘Yes!’

December 15, 2014
A new venture company, CrowdMed.com, is testing out if crowd-sourcing can be used to better solve rare complicated medical conditions. (jfcherry/Flickr)

Patients submit medical history and medical records online and then wait for medical detectives from around the globe to weigh in.

Ebola Loosens Its Grip On Liberia

December 12, 2014
Nurses wearing personal protective equipment treat Ebola patients at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

New cases of Ebola have been decreasing in Liberia, but officials are urging Liberians to stay committed to eradicating the virus.

Doctors Consider What They Can Do About Gun Violence

December 12, 2014
The artwork "Non-Violence" (a.k.a. "The Knotted Gun") by Fredrik Reuterswärd was a gift from the government of Luxembourg to the United Nations in 1988. (jcapaldi/Flickr)

More than 100 physicians and crime prevention advocates gathered recently for an educational course on preventing gun violence.

California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

December 11, 2014
Pharmacist Kristy Hennessee administers a vaccination against whooping cough (pertussis), at a Walgreen's Pharmacy in Pasadena, California on September 17, 2010. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly 10,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with the disease this year, making it the worst outbreak in 70 years.

L.A., New York, Chicago Schools Say ‘No’ To Chicken Raised With Antibiotics

December 11, 2014
School districts in several big cities this week banned the purchase of chicken raised with antibiotics to use in school lunches. (Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons)

School districts in several big cities this week banned the purchase of chicken raised with antibiotics to use in school lunches.

Boldly Going Where No Research Team Has Gone Before

December 10, 2014
Members of the Final Frontier Medical Devices team geeked out in Star Trek gear, with the fictional device that inspired the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. From left: brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris. (Not pictured: Phil Charron, Julia Harris, Andy Singer and Ed Hepler.) (Photo courtesy of XPRIZE)

Zack Seward brings us the story of a high-stakes medical device competition inspired by the Sci-Fi classic “Star Trek.”

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

December 9, 2014
"Tidying consultant" Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing and de-cluttering. (Ten Speed Press)

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

Measuring The State Of Health Care By Contraceptive Use

December 9, 2014
Amanda Jenkins receives a contraceptive implant. (Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB)

Oregon aims to reduce unwanted pregnancies by encouraging the use of the most effective contraceptives.

Menu Calorie Count Mandate Adds Up To $5 Billion In ‘Lost Pleasure’

December 8, 2014
A McDonald's restaurant sign lists calorie counts July 18, 2008 in New York City. ( Chris Hondros/AFP/Getty Images)

This new lost pleasure calculation is part of the new regulations that are geared to discourage people from eating junk food and curbing obesity.

Sierra Leone Struggles Against Ebola

December 8, 2014
Health workers put on their personal protective equipment in the Kenama treatment centre run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country's ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a major study released on November 15, 2014. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

November was the worst month in Sierra Leone since the outbreak started, with 2,000 new cases, but why?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? The Answer May Surprise You

December 5, 2014
Most people wash their hair every time they shower. But salan owner Salon Pejman says washing hair every day dries it out. (desiitaly/Flickr)

Many people wash their hair everyday — every time they shower, but salon owner Pejman Sayas says that is not a good idea.

CDC Sees Trouble On Flu Front

December 5, 2014
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden is urging people to get a flu shot, even though it may not be as effective this year as hoped. Freiden is pictured receiving his flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a news conference on Sept. 18, 2014. (J. David Ake/AP)

The Centers for Disease Control says this year’s vaccine may not be a good match, but it’s urging people to get a flu shot anyway.

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