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1:15pm

Wed April 10, 2013
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Feds Fault Preemie Researchers For Ethical Lapses

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 7:04 am

How much oxygen should severely premature infants receive? A study that sought to answer the question has been criticized for not fully informing parents about the risks to their children.
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Federal officials say a large study of premature infants was ethically flawed because doctors didn't inform the babies' parents about increased risks of blindness, brain damage and death.

The study involved more than 1,300 severely premature infants at nearly two dozen medical institutions between 2004 and 2009. The infants were randomly assigned to receive two different levels of oxygen to see which was better at preventing blindness without increasing the risk of neurologic damage or death.

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10:35am

Sat April 6, 2013
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With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 9:08 am

A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make all levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptives available to younger teens without a prescription.
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A federal judge ordered Friday what women's groups have failed to accomplish politically for a dozen years. He ruled that Plan B, the most commonly used morning-after birth control pill, be sold without a prescription or other restrictions to women of all ages.

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8:29am

Fri April 5, 2013
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 1:01 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has ruled that the morning-after pill for emergency contraception must be made available over the counter to girls 16 and under.

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle over how easy or difficult it should be for teenage girls to obtain emergency contraception. The ruling would also make it easier for older women to obtain the drug because it wouldn't have to be kept behind drugstore counters anymore.

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10:26am

Wed April 3, 2013
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Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 12:58 pm

Shops and other small firms may be open, but health insurance exchanges will take a little longer before they're ready to offer a full range of health plans for small business customers.
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The Obama administration is delaying the start of a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Workers in small businesses will have to wait an additional year to be able to choose from more than one plan in the marketplaces that start next January.

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1:27am

Tue March 26, 2013
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Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Attracts Other States' Interest

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:57 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at a rally promoting the expansion of Medicaid in the state in front of the Capitol in Little Rock on March 7.
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Since the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law optional last year, states' decisions have largely split along party lines. States run by Democrats have been opting in; states run by Republicans have mostly been saying no or holding back.

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