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Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival

A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted

Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Denee Mallon, center, joins a candlelight vigil organized by Albuquerque Pride in Albuquerque, N.M.
Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision.

30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune
Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

First lady responds to school meal critics

First lady responds to school meal critics
First lady Michelle Obama, seated with Eric Goldstein, chief executive officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education, left, and Donna Martin, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, in Georgia, speaks during a discussion with other school leaders and experts surrounding school nutrition in an event, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

5 Things to Know about women's medical care at VA

Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

Florida health workers cleared after MERS exposure

Florida health workers cleared after MERS exposure
Dr. Antonio Crespo, MD, the chief quality officer at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, provides an update on the second MERS case in the United States, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
All the health care workers who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S. have been cleared to return to work.

Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas

Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas
Dr. Kjersti Aagaard is seen in her laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Surprising new research shows a small but diverse community of bacteria lives in the placentas of healthy pregnant women, overturning the belief that fetuses grow in a pretty sterile environment.

Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks

A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the "dazed" engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators' necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits.

Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans
Michelle Pool, who is diabetic and has had a hip replacement, can no longer use her primary care doctor under health reform.
Some consumers who bought insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law have buyer's remorse after realizing that their longtime doctors aren't accepting the new plans.

Schools seek upgrades to entice healthy eating

Schools seek upgrades to entice healthy eating
Students eat their lunch in the cafeteria at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Friday, April 18, 2014. The cafeteria is among those in the Dallas Independent School District that have been upgraded in the last several years. School districts across the U.S. have been making upgrades in recent years to try and entice children into healthier eating habits amid higher federal nutrition standards that emphasize whole grains, fruit and vegetables. But for many, funding such improvements has been a challenge. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Industrial blenders mix up smoothies for students in New York while some schools in California are adding salad bars. In Dallas, campus cafeterias use pass-through coolers and warmers to make sure the food is just right before it's served.

The doctor's in - through webcam, smartphone

The doctor's in - through webcam, smartphone
Mark Matulaitis is seen with his laptop that he uses for virtual house calls with his neurologist in his home in Salisbury, Md.
Welcome to the virtual house call, the latest twist on telemedicine. It's increasingly getting attention as a way to conveniently diagnose simple maladies, such as whether that runny nose and cough is a cold or the flu.