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8:57am

Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Komen Foundation Scales Back Fundraising Walks

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:36 pm

The Susan Komen for the Cure Foundation is pulling back from some high-profile fundraising walks.
LM Otero AP

Fallout from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's controversial and short-lived decision to halt funding for Planned Parenthood projects appears to still be piling up.

The group is pulling the plug on three-day events featuring fundraising walks in Washington, D.C., and six other cities in 2014. The Washington Post reported on the change Tuesday.

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3:35pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:30 am

Prescriptions for testosterone medications, such as Testim and AndroGel, to men 40 and older rose threefold over the decade ending in 2011
MICHAEL BRYANT MCT/Landov

Some men have testosterone so low that it's a medical problem.

But how low is too low? And how many men really need a pharmaceutical version of the hormone to replace the testosterone that they might be missing?

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2:54pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Young women can get health insurance through a parent, but it doesn't always include maternity care.
iStockphoto.com

Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act that bars discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender.

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2:52pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:25 am

Forms of tuberculosis are emerging that are costly, difficult and at times, nearly impossible to treat. This new, worldwide threat is called multidrug-resistant TB, and it occurs when the bacteria no longer respond to the most common TB medications. Doctors have to turn, instead, to older, less effective drugs that can have devastating side effects such as hearing loss, blindness, aches and severe depression.

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10:36am

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:42 am

A man smokes outside an office building in New York City in April. Smoking breaks cost employers almost $3,000 per year per smoking employees, a study says.
John Moore Getty Images

Smoking is expensive, and not just for the person buying the cigs. Employers are taking hard looks at the cost of employing smokers as they try to cut health insurance costs, with some refusing to hire people who say they smoke.

But figures on the cost of smoking have been rough estimates at best, with a very general estimate of $193 billion a year nationwide.

Researchers now say they're got much tighter focus on the number: $5,800 per smoker per year.

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