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How Can Sanitary Pads Be Made More Widely Available in Low-Income Countries?

Heavily subsidized pads are making their way into rural areas, where girls were resorting to feathers, soil, and more—anything to absorb the blood—but we must find low-cost alternatives.

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Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

An analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

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Drowning in Backlog: Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion May Be a Victim of Its Own Success

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

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Treat, Don’t Tweet: The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room

Surveys suggest most doctors and nurses understand the significant safety issues associated with the use of cell phones and laptops during surgery. But that’s not stopping them from pulling out the distracting devices.

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A Better Way to Pick the Doctor That’s Right for You

For years, patients have had few ways to compare doctors beyond their reputations. With a huge Medicare data release, that may soon change.

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Does It Matter That Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies?

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

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Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s a Success or a Failure?

Sign-ups were supposed to formally end yesterday, and attention is shifting from marketing to measuring whether the law is meetings its goals.

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Smoking Mad: Tobacco Users Caught Up in Insurer’s Obamacare Glitch

After signing up for coverage and disclosing they were smokers, about 100 New Hampshire consumers, including Terry Wetherby, find their new Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield policies canceled because they were charged incorrect “non-smoker” rates.

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During Final Obamacare Push, Is There Anything Worth Celebrating?

A fellow at American Enterprise Institute faults steps by the Obama administration to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act, saying they amount to dismantling the program in ways that will make it harder to sustain.

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A Stillborn Child, a Charge of Murder, and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

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