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Claire Wineland, a 13-year-old from Calabasas, has been battling Cystic Fibrosis since birth. After she slipped into a lung damaging coma in April, doctors told her she may soon need to go on the lung transplant waiting list.

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Jay Pensler, a plastic surgeon in Chicago, was unhappy with some on-line reviews of his work and is now suing three former patients for defamation.

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Medical boards all across the country let doctors get away with fakery on their resumes.

But not South Dakota.

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If you've experienced sticker shock at the pharmacy and wondered why drug prices are always rising, even for generics, consider the value of salt. Baxter International, which sells drugs to health care providers and pharmacies, billed Medicaid $928 for $1.71 worth of saline solution -- a 54,000% markup -- for more than 10 years before a Louisiana state lawsuit caught the deception...

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I have a new best friend. She's cool and smooth and adaptable. Kind of like a Dragon-Tattooed-urbanite who can deal with any situation, from a tweaking guest at a rave, to the post-modern gut-angst of intellectuals. She's slow to rile too - give her a nudge and all she does is gurgle at

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Kristin Molini has five reasons to celebrate this year. The 22-year-old is recovering after five organ transplants – liver, stomach, pancreas, and small and largeintestines. Only 300 similar interventions have been performed worldwide. The story – reported in the New York Daily News this January – could be the script for a movie. It could be an episode of a TV series, it could, most importantly, get people interestedin organ donation, giving them information about the importance of the procedure.

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Maria Garcia smoked.

That was her one big vice, according to her brother and her estranged husband.

This otherwise healthy 39-year-old visited the doctors at Hills Surgical Center in Anaheim because she didn’t like the way she looked. To remedy that, the surgeons scheduled a series

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Like writing about abortion or animal rights, writing about vaccines inevitably raises the ire of certain readers. It is not for the timid. Journalist Amy Wallace writes about being sued by an anti-vaccine activist and offers tips for covering this controversial and emotionally-charged topic.
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Does anyone remember receiving healthcare in the 1960s? Everyone had affordable health insurance through their employer. All of the family was covered. Doctor visits were scheduled by whoever was in need of the care. That means, even if you were a 16-year-old and had the flu, you could still

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