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Medicare Could Pay For Sex-Change Surgeries

Posted: 05/30/2014 - The decision on whether Medicare pays for sex-change operations is now in the hands of regional administrators, thanks to a decision Friday by a federal board that overturned a national policy of not covering such surgeries.

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One Way To End The 'Mommy Wars'

Posted: 05/30/2014 - Mommy. Wars. Just writing those words makes me cringe, but they're real to some extent, and they stem from, I believe, deep insecurities that all moms feel, especially when we compare ourselves to moms around us.

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White House To Talk Kids' Concussion Prevention At Summit

Posted: 05/29/2014 - Amid growing concern about brain injuries that cause about 250,000 emergency room visits by young athletes annually, the White House will convene the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit on Thursday.

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New $10M Mental Health Plan Unveilled

Posted: 05/27/2014 - Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his $10 million mental health project plan. Members of his cabinet and representatives from law enforcement joined Brownback for the announcement inside the statehouse on Tuesday.

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Sickness, Health And Still Saying 'I Do'

Posted: 05/23/2014 - As wedding season gears up this month, the words "in sickness and in health" and "till death do us part" will lie at the heart of many vows.

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Is Cheap Food To Blame For The Obesity Epidemic?

Posted: 05/22/2014 - The availability of cheaper food is the main reason behind the rising rates of obesity in the U.S., says a new analysis published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Don't get sick from your picnic

Posted: 05/21/2014 - Outdoor eating is one of the greatest joys of summertime. Unfortunately, the escalated temperatures and lack of access to clean water can significantly bump up picnickers' chances of contracting a foodborne illness like salmonella, campylobacter or listeria.

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Too Much Exercise May Be Bad For The Heart

Posted: 05/20/2014 - People in a recent study who did the most strenuous daily exercise were more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who engaged in more moderate activity.

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Study: Don't Delay Measles Vaccine

Posted: 05/19/2014 - New research found that in the first year of life, there is no relationship between the recommended vaccine schedule and seizures. But delaying the measles vaccine until after a child is 15 months old may raise his or her seizure risk.

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Report: Pancreatic Cancer Second Most Deadly By 2030

Posted: 05/19/2014 - Lung cancer is already the top killer overall, but pancreatic and liver cancer will surpass the cancers currently considered the second and third leading causes of death, researchers say.

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CDC: First Case Of MERS Infection Transmitted Inside The U.S.

Posted: 05/19/2014 - The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome believed transmitted within the United States has been identified in an Illinois man, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

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With Health, Not Being Perfect Is OK

Updated: 05/16/2014 - This journey is different. I do not consider this an attempt to lose weight but rather to improve my health and become stronger.

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Two Big Meals May Be Better Than Six Small Ones

Posted: 05/16/2014 - You've probably heard that eating multiple small meals throughout the day is a good way to stave off hunger and keep your metabolism revved up while trying to lose weight. But a new study could change your diet strategy.

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St. Francis Shows Off Next Phase Of ER Renovations

Posted: 05/13/2014 - St. Francis Health Center officials showed off the nearly-complete second phase of an ER expansion Tuesday. It includes a new public entrance, patient registration and waiting area, and more exam rooms. Staff will begin using the area Wednesday.

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ER Visits For Traumatic Brain Injury Spike 30 Percent

Posted: 05/13/2014 - The rate of emergency room visits for traumatic brain injury increased by 30 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Second U.S. Case Of MERS Confirmed

Updated: 05/13/2014 - There is a second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome imported into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday.

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