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Just as Medicaid prepares for a vast expansion under the federal health care overhaul, the 47-year-old entitlement program for the poor is under increasing pressure as deficit-burdened states chip away at benefits and cut payments to doctors.
Beginning next year, the government will charge health insurance plans a new fee for research to find out which drugs, medical procedures, tests and treatments work best. But what will Americans do with the answers?
Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.
The District of Columbia's health department is expected within the next few days to give its first indication of who qualifies to grow medical marijuana in the nation's capital, a significant step in a program aimed at comforting the sick and dying that is more than a dozen years in the making.
A heart surgeon from the Mayo Clinic in Florida flying across the northern corner of the state to retrieve a heart for transplant was killed Monday when his helicopter crashed, officials said.
Illinois-based Mead Johnson on Sunday said another batch of tests done on its Enfamil Premium Newborn infant formula found no trace of the bacteria tied to the death of a baby in Missouri.
Across Britain, an increasing number of patients are facing more pain and longer waits because the National Health Service is being forced to trim $31 billion, or 20 billion pounds, from its budget by 2015.
The health minister has called on some 30,000 women with breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese to have them removed "as a preventive measure not of an urgent nature."
Tens of thousands of women in France, Britain and other countries are awaiting French government guidance Friday on what to do about their breast implants, which may be unsafe.