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Monday, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:31 AM CDT

Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill

Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill

Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He'd gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911,...

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 at 01:26 AM CDT

How Do Insurers Decide What Medicines to Pay For?

How Do Insurers Decide What Medicines to Pay For?

How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them? Insurers and other payers look first at how well the drug works — not its cost — when they decide whether to cover the latest...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 06:24 PM CDT

Opiod Addiction Can Begin Within Three Days: Study

Opiod Addiction Can Begin Within Three Days: Study

New research shows some people can become addicted to prescription painkillers in as little as three days. The study says doctors can limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less.

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 05:03 PM CDT

Poison Prevention in North Texas

Poison Prevention in North Texas

Poisonings are the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Each year, more than two million people swallow or have some contact with a poisonous substance. Dr. Yazeed Eldos from the North...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 04:11 PM CDT

New Drug Cuts Cholesterol by Half

New Drug Cuts Cholesterol by Half

A new drug proven to slash bad cholesterol by more than half of a patient's initial level may prove to be a boon to those worried about heart attacks and strokes. Repatha, a drug that could lower the risk of...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 03:07 PM CDT

Jurors Begin Deliberations in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Trial

Jurors Begin Deliberations in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Trial

Jurors began deliberations Friday in the trial of a former executive charged in a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and injured about 700 others in 20 states. Barry Cadden, the co-founder and...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM CDT

Baby Given Police Escort in Snowstorm 'Resting Comfortably'

Baby Given Police Escort in Snowstorm 'Resting Comfortably'

A 23-month-old Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, boy who was escorted by snowplows and state troopers for an emergency procedure during this week's snowstorm was resting comfortably Friday in a hospital. Bentley...

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 09:29 AM CDT

Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost

Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost<br />

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Stati...

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 06:25 PM CDT

Health Headlines - March 16, 2017

Health Headlines - March 16, 2017

A disease spread by the bite of a flea that prefer cats is infecting more and more people across Texas; plus a loving touch not only helps soothe premature babies, it can have long-lasting effects on their...

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 05:06 PM CDT

Falls Are Taking a Huge and Rising Toll on Elderly Brains

Falls Are Taking a Huge and Rising Toll on Elderly Brains

Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase...

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