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10:52am

Tue November 20, 2012
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Many Surgical Complications Show Up After Patients Get Home

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 11:59 am

Researchers find that more than 40 percent of surgical complications happen after patients leave the hospital.
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It's natural for patients returning home from the hospital after surgery to feel a sense of relief that the worst is over. But, research published this week suggests those patients and their doctors shouldn't let their guard down too soon.

More than 40 percent of all patients who experience complications after surgery experience them at home, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery. Half of those complications occur within nine days of patients leaving the hospital.

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7:46am

Tue November 20, 2012
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When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 8:33 am

Medical marijuana advocates demonstrate outside a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama in February.
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Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but health insurance doesn't cover it and patients often scramble to cover the cost.

"It's an expensive medication, no doubt about it," says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, a patient advocacy group. "Patients are struggling to afford it, regardless of whether it's available in their state."

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2:05pm

Mon November 19, 2012
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Matching DNA With Medical Records To Crack Disease And Aging

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 3:29 pm

A light micrograph image of telomeres, shown in yellow, at the end of human chromosomes. Women tend to have longer telomeres than men and tend to outlive men, according to new research matching genetic information with medical records.
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A massive research project in California is beginning to show how genes, health habits and the environment can interact to cause diseases. And it's all possible because 100,000 people agreed to contribute some saliva in the name of science.

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12:11pm

Mon November 19, 2012
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More Teens Take Steroids To Trade Fat For Muscle

Six percent of teenagers say they've used steroid drugs in the past year, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.
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Many teens aspire to have lean bodies and big muscles, like the professional athletes they so admire. But they don't always want (or know how) to sweat to get them. A new study finds a surprisingly high number of teens have used steroids to try to slim down and bulk up.

Six percent of teenagers say they've used steroid drugs in the past year, which is a lot higher than the 1.1 percent reported in a 2011 survey.

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7:17am

Mon November 19, 2012
Health

Checking Insurance Ratings Can Save Your Life

Keeping blood pressure in check and under control is one of the most important ways to maintain health.
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Coloradans can now add another factor to choosing health insurance plans besides cost alone: Which one will do a better job of keeping you healthy?

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