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Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes for Some, Study Suggests

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:07pm
Performing weight-loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabetes effectively reversed the disease, allowing most of them to stop using insulin and many to require no medication to treat the condition three years later, researchers reported Monday.

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#AskNBCNews: Obamacare Deadline Day Questions

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:34am
Monday at midnight ET is the deadline to sign up for insurance in the online markets created by President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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One Day Left to Enroll in Obamacare

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:02am

More than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance ahead of the looming deadline.


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Obamacare Website Fails as Deadline Arrives

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:02am
People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday's midnight deadline discovered the website was "currently unavailable."Healthcare.
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Obamacare enrollment deadline arrives

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 9:01am

Millions of Americans have just a few hours left to sign up for insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration is making a final push to sign people up. NBC chief political director Chuck Todd weighs in on the plan, and White House correspondent Peter Alexander reports.

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Child 'Leashes': Are They Helpful or Humiliating?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:30am

Staying connected with the kids takes on a literal meaning for many parents who turn to child safety harnesses to keep their little ones close.


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Researchers Map the Brain Through Video Games

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:15am

Nerdwatch: Researchers at MIT's Seung Lab are using a video game to help them identify the shapes of retinal neurons.


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Who's Piling On? Procrastinators May Make or Break New Exchanges

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:38am
At least two million people have signed up for health insurance in the last month on the new online exchanges, according to the federal government.

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The Emotional and Mental Toll on First Responders

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 8:23pm

They are the first ones on the scene to aid victims, but the scars they sometimes receive can cut deeply.


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Blood Test in ER May Help Rule Out Heart Attacks

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 2:44pm
WASHINGTON — A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.

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Nonsurgical Fix Could Replace Open-Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:23am
WASHINGTON — A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.

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New Drugs Greatly Lower Cholesterol, Study Suggests

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:23am
A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.

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Horrific Taboo: Female Circumcision on the Rise in U.S.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:21am
When Marie was two years old, a woman in her village in Africa cut off her clitoris and labia. Now 34 and living thousands of miles away in New York, she is still suffering.

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Senegal Shuts Border With Guinea to Prevent Ebola Spread

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 4:21pm
DAKAR/CONAKRY — Senegal closed its land border with Guinea on Saturday to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, which Guinean authorities say is suspected of killing 70 people in what would be the deadliest outbreak in seven years.

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Suspended Animation? Docs Try Stopping Clock to Save Lives

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 4:06pm
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: a mortally injured patient is put into suspended animation so doctors can buy time to close up his wounds and save his life.

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Texas Girl Improves Rapidly After Obesity Surgery

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 11:13am
A week after long-awaited obesity surgery, a Texas girl with a rare metabolic problem that left her starving but gaining weight is out of the hospital and already meeting critical health milestones, doctors said.

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Dad's Special Effects Turn Toddler Son Into Superhero

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 10:58am

Daniel Hashimoto, an after-effects artist at DreamWorks, is the force behind about a dozen viral videos starring his superhero-loving son, James.


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Diet Drinks Linked With Heart Disease, Death

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 9:41am
Women who drink the most diet sodas may also be more likely to develop heart disease and even to die, according to a new study published Saturday.

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Are You a Procrastinator? We Want To Hear From You.

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:18pm
Readers, are you among the millions of people who have waited until the last few days to sign up for health insurance on one the the exchanges? We want to hear from you!Email us here and tell us your story -- was it easy to sign up? Why did you wait? Did you have health insurance before?

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Married People Have Fewer Heart Problems, Study Finds

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:29pm
Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.

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