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3:11pm

Fri May 24, 2013
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A Token Gift May Encourage Gift Of Life

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:08 am

A stamp can build awareness, but broader use of incentives could help boost blood donations.
Michael Rega iStockphoto.com

There are two things you can always count on: public radio pledge drives and the local blood bank asking for a donation of a very different sort.

Both kinds of giving can fill you with a sense of goodwill. But, let's be honest, the tote bags help, too.

When it comes to blood donations, though, ethical concerns and risk have led to limits on incentives for donors in many places. The World Health Organization has set a goal for governments around the world to reach completely voluntary and nonremunerated donations of blood by 2020.

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1:21pm

Fri May 24, 2013
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Heart Failure Treatment Improves, But Death Rate Remains High

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:31 pm

Heart with congestive heart failure showing an enlarged left ventricle.
Brian Evans Science Source

This is one of those "good news, but" medical stories.

New treatments for heart failure have made it much less likely that people with this chronic condition will die suddenly.

But an analysis by researchers at UCLA finds that the death rate for people with advanced heart failure remains stubbornly high, with 30 percent of people dying within three years.

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8:57am

Fri May 24, 2013
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Health Insurance At 'Good Prices' Coming To Calif. Exchange

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:08 am

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, unveiled the plans and prices that will be offered by private insurers at a media briefing in Sacramento on Thursday.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California just unveiled a wide array of choices for the 5.3 million people expected to qualify to buy coverage through its online marketplace established by the federal health overhaul.

It's the first disclosure of prices in the nation's most populous state for individual health insurance that complies with the Affordable Care Act, and the menu of affordable options surprised some consumer advocates and analysts who had been expecting premiums to be much higher.

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5:01pm

Thu May 23, 2013
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Abortion Opponents Try to Spin Murder Case Into Legislation

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has introduced a federal bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation — six weeks into the second trimester. This is the second straight Congress he's done so, but this time he's broadened his bill to encompass all 50 states, not just D.C.
Matt York AP

As predicted, abortion opponents on Capitol Hill are wasting no time in their efforts to turn publicity over the recent murder conviction of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell to their legislative advantage.

Their latest goal: a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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4:27pm

Thu May 23, 2013
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Why You Have To Scratch That Itch

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:20 am

The origin of itch has confounded scientists for decades.
Oktay Ortakcioglu iStockphoto.com

Everybody itches. Sometimes itch serves as a useful warning signal — there's a bug on your back! But sometimes itch arises for no apparent reason, and can be a torment.

Think of the itchy skin disorder eczema, or the constant itching caused by some cancers. "A very high percentage of people who're on dialysis for chronic kidney disease develop severe itch that's very difficult to manage," says Dr. Ethan Lerner, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

Scientists now say they've got a much better clue as to how itch happens.

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