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Physicians and attorneys in Boston, Massachusetts, where the Louise Woodward trial brought shaken baby theory onto the national stage, are heading into another battle over infant shaking, as pediatricians clash with the medical examiner about the diagnosis.

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Last Thursday the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released the report that declared “accidental opioid overdose” as the cause of Prince’s death. The first rumor I heard along those lines – hours or days after his death – I felt that plunging sensation in my chest. That “Please make it not be true”

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For many young women in rural Eastern Uganda, access to clean water is just one of many obstacles barring educational achievement and an escape from generational poverty

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Doctors and patients, listen up. Starting in 2019, private insurers may hold unprecedented power in determining standards of care for Medicare patients.

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The health news media paid a lot of attention to last week's story about medical errors. But much of the resulting coverage was misleading and failed to scrutinize the underlying evidence.

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After winning 9 awards from 13 nominations at independent film festivals since its premiere in the fall of 2014, “The Syndrome” by Meryl and Susan Goldsmith is now available on demand in North America, the first documentary distributed by Freestyle Digital Media.

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Preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S after heart disease and cancer. Medical mistakes claim about 400,000 people every year in U.S. It seems that the number of deaths due to medical negligence is increasing every year.

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A University of Iowa study found MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 70 percent of hogs on farms studied and in 64 percent of workers; resistant bacteria were found on an unopened soft drink can in a car following a poultry truck.

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In June of 2011, I was taking care of annual appointments, and I was getting the exams that I had been postponing because of more pressing health issues. That June, I was scheduled to have a routine thyroid ultrasound for my annual follow up of thyroid nodules.

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The tragedy in Flint continues to fill headlines. But nearly every community is at risk from some form of lead contamination. In our webinar this week, veteran reporters and experts offered journalists fresh ideas for covering such stories.

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