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The Case Of Charlie Gard Divides Doctors And Parents

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Should parents or doctors have the final say when treating critically ill children? It's a question that's being hotly debated in Britain with the case of Charlie Gard.

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Shift In Drug Approval Process At FDA Under Trump?

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This week, the FDA did something rare: it reversed itself, and said it would no longer require further study of a drug for a rare disease.

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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

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An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

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More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home

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A study analyzing data from poison control centers finds that the rate of serious medication errors outside health care settings doubled between 2000 and 2012.

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Ideas Behind Health Care Policy Ignite Passions

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When it comes to health care, there are two philosophies pushing against each other. But why does it get so heated?

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Obamacare Vs. American Health Care Act: Here's Where They Differ

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NPR looks at how the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act differ in terms of insurance marketplaces, the individual mandate, guaranteed coverage and insurance subsidies.

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Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

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People with heart disease should keep their weight down, but it can be hard to lose weight and keep it off. Now a study shows big fluctuations may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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The Future Of The GOP Health Care Plan

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The White House claimed a victory this week with the House passage of the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Ron Elving joins Scott Simon to talk about the bill's prospects in the Senate.

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Secret Republican Senate Talks Are Shaping Health Care Legislation

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A group of 13 Republican senators is leading the negotiations to craft a new bill to repeal and replace most of the Affordable Care Act. Senators plan to vote by the August recess.

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ProPublica Investigation Finds Nursing Homes Waste Tons Of Prescription Drugs

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A ProPublica investigation reveals nursing homes waste millions of dollars in prescription drugs every year. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with ProPublica's Marshall Allen about his reporting.

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As GOP Health Care Push Moves To Senate, White House Questions Value Of CBO Analysis

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"I think I know the Gospel pretty well," a White House spokeswoman said after the House passed a health care bill without the official legislative scoring, "and I'd say the CBO is not the Gospel."

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Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

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An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

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Those TV Drug Ads Distract Us From The Medical Care We Need

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Doctors spend lots of time answering questions about the latest drug ad, and that means less time answering questions that could really help your health, a primary care physician says.

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Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

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Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.

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Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

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One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.

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