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3:04am

Fri November 2, 2012
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Romney's Baffling Claim About Medicare Pay Cuts For Doctors

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:19 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his case about Medicare during a briefing in South Carolina in August.
Evan Vucci AP

Health care in general — and Medicare, in particular — have been big parts of this year's presidential campaign.

But over the last couple of weeks, Republican Mitt Romney has been making a new claim that doesn't quite clear the accuracy bar.

It has to do with $716 billion in Medicare reductions over 10 years included in the federal health law, the Affordable Care Act. And it's become a standard part of Romney's stump speech.

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1:44pm

Thu November 1, 2012
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Researchers Say Drug Subsidies Led To Overtreatment Of Malaria In Africa

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:23 am

Blood samples dry during malaria screening. Public health workers call for more malaria testing in Africa to stop costly drugs from being handed out to kids with pneumonia.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

There's a hot debate in global health right now. And the stakes are high.

This month the Global Fund will vote to continue or scrap a $225 million project that subsidizes the cost of the most effective malaria drugs in seven African countries.

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9:55am

Thu November 1, 2012
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How An Antibody Found In Monkeys Could Help Make An Ebola Vaccine

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 12:34 pm

A microbiologist runs an experiment to count hemorrhagic fever viruses at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Scott Smith CDC

Just the word Ebola can send shivers down the spine.

And no wonder.

Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses around, and there aren't any approved treatments or vaccines for it.

Scientists have been experimenting with an Ebola vaccine in animals for the past few years, but they've been stymied. There's no easy way to test its effectiveness in people.

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4:59pm

Wed October 31, 2012
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Sandy Leaves Long List Of Health Threats

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:36 pm

People look at homes and businesses destroyed during Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday in the Rockaway section of Queens, N.Y.
Spencer Plat Getty Images

Public health officials are warning that people in areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy face many risks in the aftermath and are urging people to protect themselves from health threats in the water, air and even their refrigerators.

As millions of people try to put their lives back together, the most obvious threat is the floodwaters themselves. In many places, the water could be a toxic stew.

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4:32pm

Wed October 31, 2012
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Cancer, Heart Research Threatened By Power Outage At NYU Hospital

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:29 pm

Researchers at New York University Hospital worry the mice they use to study human disease may have perished in the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.
iStockphoto.com

ABC News and the New York Daily News are reporting that cells, tissues, mice and rats used for medical research may have been lost as New York University Hospital approaches its third day without power. The losses could set researchers back years.

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