Why People Are Living Longer All Over the World

Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows.

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When Chemotherapy Does More Harm than Good

Chemotherapy has saved countless lives and is a mainstay of cancer care. But the latest data suggests that it can also do more harm than good for some patients.

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Just One CT Scan Can Damage Cells, Study Finds

Cellular damage occurs when people undergo CT scans, but whether or not this causes cancer or any other health problems is unclear, a new study finds.

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Here Are the Best Hospitals in America, According to a New Report

In an emergency the best hospital is the one that’s closest. But what about when you need (for yourself or a loved one) hospital care for a complex diagnosis or rare condition? How about when you need an elective surgery, like a knee replacement or a hysterectomy? Here are two resources for starting your search for the best healthcare for you.

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How Accurate Are Online Symptom Checkers?

Automated online “symptom checkers” that seem to offer patients a quick opportunity for self-diagnosis provide the right diagnosis in only about one-third of cases, a new analysis reveals.

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Women Spend Far Less on Birth Control Because of ‘Obamacare’

Out-of-pocket costs for prescription birth control have dropped significantly since the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” took effect in the United States, a new study finds.

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Why More People Die of Colon Cancer in These 3 U.S. Regions

There’s reason to celebrate declines in deaths from colon cancer in the United States — unless you live in three areas that are still waiting for those declines, a new report finds.

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Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests.

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The Safe Way to Get Medical Advice From Your Facebook Friends

A top health expert says it’s fine to do—if you use the feedback the right way. Here’s how to do it wisely.

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Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the legality of tax subsidies for millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.

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