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12:47pm

Fri May 17, 2013
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Up For Discussion: Cost Of Cancer Care Avoided Too Often

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 11:58 am

A cancer pill can cost patients more than the same treatment given as an infusion.
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When the diagnosis is cancer, the expenses can pile up in a hurry.

Even people with insurance can face steep copayments for drugs, a sizable share of hospital bills and significant incidentals. These side effects of cancer care are sometimes even called "financial toxicity."

So wouldn't it make sense for doctors and patients to talk over the financial strain that cancer treatment might bring and what might be done to manage it?

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10:47am

Fri May 17, 2013
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Doctors Confirm Black Lung In Victims Of Mine Blast

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:20 pm

A memorial at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine represents the 29 coal miners who were killed in an explosion in 2010.
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9:43am

Fri May 17, 2013
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Biking To Work: Healthful Until You Hit A Pothole

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:19 am

Bartender Matt Carucci told NPR in 2012 that he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he said.
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There's a lot to love about biking to work: the exercise, the fresh air, the cost savings and the benefits for the environment.

But does it make you healthier?

That's a question that's not as easy to answer as you might think. But since today is Bike to Work Day, we'll give it a try.

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3:21pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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Why Is Psychiatry's New Manual So Much Like The Old One?

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:51 am

Despite significant advances in neurology and imaging, researchers still don't have simple lab tests for diagnosing patients with mental disorders. Diagnoses are still mostly based on a patient's signs and symptoms.
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The American Psychiatric Association is about to release an updated version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM helps mental health professionals decide who has problems such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Psychiatry's new manual, DSM-5, has been nearly 20 years in the making. During that time, scientists have learned a lot about the brain. Yet despite some tweaks to categories such as autism and mood disorders, DSM-5 is remarkably similar to the version issued in 1994.

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2:14pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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A Small Shock To The System May Help Brain With Math

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:59 am

Ever get stuck on these?
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Stimulating the brain with a very small electrical current through the forehead could boost a student's ability to learn and remember basic mathematics, a provocative experiment suggests.

The work, published online Thursday by the journal Current Biology, could help those who struggle with mental arithmetic. But the study was small and the long-term effect wasn't profound.

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