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A program that creates market incentives to encourage drug makers to target rare pediatric diseases seemed like good policy at first. But evidence of the program's effectiveness is missing.
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For residents of California's vast rural areas, where nine hospitals have closed in the past decade, a cancer diagnosis can be especially frightening. Here's why.
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As a reporter who was born and raised in China, I had a hard time trying to figure out what my health insurance options were when I came to Los Angeles for graduate school. What was Obamacare? What was Covered California? The challenges go beyond language barriers.

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Government decisions affect health, but we often don't realize it. Even stories that do examine how our environments shape health and wellbeing don’t always zero in on the specific policies contributing to those conditions. ChangeLab Solutions' Rebecca Johnson explains.

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The use of shorthand descriptions of complex health policies is common practice among journalists and editors. But when such initiatives are described as "bans," the media does a disservice to the public debate around these issues.

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New research suggests Alzheimer's disease is responsible for far more deaths than has been reported. The finding has major implications for health policy and research.

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Florida politicians erected roadblocks to the ACA from the beginning — from joining in the 2010 lawsuit to thwart the law to placing restrictions on what insurance helpers called navigators can tell people seeking advice. Even so, advocates have been trying to get the word out.

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The Affordable Care Act was crafted with an ambitious goal of expanding health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But they won’t enroll if they don’t know about available policies or if it’s too cumbersome or confusing to sign up for coverage.

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As 18- to 25-year-olds try to find their footing, they face the least access to health care, have the highest uninsured rate, and struggle with greater behavioral and non-behavioral health risks than either adolescents aged 12-17 or young adults aged 26-34.

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African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide. 

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