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No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

 No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp
In this June 25, 2014 photo, Chief Medical Resident Julia Vermylen, right, critiques interns after a breaking bad news exercise during intern boot camp, taught by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.

Free birth control is emerging standard for women

Free birth control is emerging standard for women
More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun
Wouldn't you love to escape this busy world and just spend some time alone with your thoughts? Maybe not, says a study of volunteers who actually tried it.

Studies question UN strategies to save mothers

Studies question UN strategies to save mothers
FILE- In this July 25, 2010 file photo, traditional birth attendant Magret Atieno assists Mary Wairimu into a position to give birth, during labor in the Korogocho neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi, File)
In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies - usually inexpensive drugs - deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.

More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes

More countries adding graphic warnings to smokes
A man holds a cigarette and a pack with a picture of a cancer patient printed on it at a street in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years.

FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants

FDA grapples with oversight of fecal transplants
Technical assistant Eliska Didyk wears protective gloves while displaying a bottle containing human fecal solution, frozen to minus 20 degrees celsius for short-term storage.
Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle drug, but this cutting-edge treatment is profoundly simple - though somewhat icky.

3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer

3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer
This undated combination provided by Hologic shows an image taken using conventional mammography, left, and an image using a 3D mammography, right, with a tumor circled that wasn’t visible on the first image. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hologic)
3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn't known.

Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums
People use a phone bank to sign up for health care insurance at the business office of Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs

New study aims to rapidly test lung cancer drugs
Breyan Harris, 33, a lifelong non-smoker who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, hopes to enroll in a new cancer drug test that starts Monday in hundred of hospitals around the country.
A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S.

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients
FILE - This Jan. 27, 2009 file photo shows bottles of Budweiser beer are at the Stag Brewery in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.

All aboard! Bike train research tackles childhood obesity

All aboard! Bike train research tackles childhood obesity »Play Video

A Seattle Children's researcher might have found a simple way to cut childhood obesity rates while strengthening neighborhood ties.  Dr. Jason Mendoza noticed a dramatic drop in the number of kids who ride their bikes to school.  Now he hopes to change the trend by encouraging kids to hop aboard the bike train.

FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood

FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood
FILE - This Sept. 10, 2010 file photo shows the seafood counter in Whole Foods is shown in Hillsboro, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
The government is reminding pregnant women to stay away from certain fish that can be high in mercury. But the agency won't require package labeling on mercury content, which is what consumer groups had sought.