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Nearly a year after President Barack Obama ended a 17-year-long virtual freeze on the federal funding of gun-violence research, that thaw has not yet produced scientific breakthroughs because America still lacks the money and minds to churn out pivotal studies on the topic, medical experts contend.
Federal officials tried to offer a few extra breaks on Thursday for people struggling to buy health insurance by the new year. They gave people until Dec. 31 to pay their first premiums for coverage starting the very next day, and asked insurance companies to extend other deadlines, too.
One was found dead in a car that veered off the road. Two others collapsed and died suddenly without warning. All three may have been killed by an infection known for causing long-term misery, but not one usually considered a killer — Lyme disease.
The federal government Thursday gave about 100,000 people a one-month extension to stay in a high-risk insurance pool because of the botched roll-out of the federal health insurance websites.
The flu vaccine kept nearly 80,000 people out of the hospital last year, and prevented 6.6 million cases of flu, federal officials reported on Thursday.
Researchers say they can add a new option to the toolkit for women who want to lower their risk of breast cancer – a pill called anastrozole.
Health savings accounts have been around for a decade and more people are using them, but comparing the features of various accounts can still be challenging.
You took hundreds of photos on your last vacation, and you probably uploaded those pictures to Instagram and Facebook, too. But how well do you really remember those moments you so frantically captured?
The slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others.The demarcation may be as simple as Democrat and Republican.
For the millions of Americans with allergies, a whiff of pollen, pet dander, dust or a host of other seemingly innocuous substances can kick off a reaction replete with sneezing, sniffling, and intense itching — or worse.
The survival of the couple and four children who spent two frigid nights lost in the Nevada mountains was called "a miracle" by rescuers.
WASHINGTON — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer — which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation — without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.
Young athletes playing contact sports may experience learning and memory deficits as well as brain changes even when jolts to the head don’t trigger a concussion, a study shows.
Drinking raw milk is a risky idea, especially for children, suggests a new report published Wednesday.
Mary Hualde, a navigator in Utah helping people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, says HealthCare.gov is finally working smoothly enough for her clients to enroll.
About 365,000 people have managed to get health insurance on the new state and federal websites so far, federal officials announced Wednesday.
Anxious parents of University of California, Santa Barbara, students are demanding their kids get access to an emergency meningitis vaccine being offered this week at Princeton University.