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Obamacare Buyers Could Have Fewer Choices in 2017

UnitedHealth's exit from most marketplaces highlights health exchanges' growing pains

Health Care Workers Skipped Hand Washing One-Third of the Time: Study

Outpatient facility staff also found lacking at safe injection practices

Fridge-Sized Machine Makes Prescription Drugs 'On Demand'

Technological advance produced thousands of doses a day; could be used on battlefields, during epidemics, scientists say

Health Care Apps Often Offer Little Privacy Protection: Study

Many have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say

Gains in Kids' Health Coverage Continue, But Many Still Uninsured

23 states had declines in number of uninsured kids in 2014, and none had significant increases, study finds

High Deductibles = Fewer Imaging Tests: Study

Insurance costs keep patients from seeking X-ray, CT or MRI scans, researchers report

In Defense of the Annual Checkup

Arguments against the time-honored practice are flawed, new research paper says

Hospital Prices Vary Widely Across the United States

This variation is driving up health care costs, researchers say

Fewer Americans Struggling With Medical Bills

U.S. report shows 12 million are no longer in families having trouble paying for health care

Many U.S. Primary Care Docs Feel Unprepared for Complex Cases: Survey

For example, fewer than half feel they're prepared to manage dementia patients

Doctor Burnout Rates on the Rise

Surveys show a nearly 10 percent increase across a range of specialties in the U.S.

Poll: Americans Want Bold Action to Keep Health Care Costs Down

Suggestions include price controls on drugs and hospitals and doctors, importing drugs from other countries

Medical Gowns, Gloves Often Source of Contamination: Study

But researchers say that education and practice can dramatically improve health care worker hygiene

Poor, Minorities Spend More Time Waiting for Medical Care

Findings may be due to differences in health care options, researchers suggest

Gender Disparities Persist in Academic Medicine

Women less likely to receive research funding or become full professors, studies say

More Progress Needed To Get Stroke Patients Rapid Care

Study finds transport time to specialized center was sometimes longer than two hours

1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Problem affects more rural, poor and Hispanic people, study finds

Online 'Symptom Checkers' Often Miss Diagnosis, Study Finds

Computer-generated analysis correctly identified problem about one-third of the time

Many Americans Wait Too Long for Needed Health Care: Report

Institute of Medicine experts say patient-focused system could help

In Wake of High Court Ruling, What's Next for Obamacare

Insurers can begin making sound business decisions based on a stable Affordable Care Act, experts say

Only 1 in 5 Wants to See Subsidies for Health Insurance Eliminated: Poll

HealthDay/Harris Poll finding comes on eve of Supreme Court ruling on legality of the Obamacare subsidies

Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.

Commonly used medicines are essential, but not profitable for companies, expert says

New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending

Report finds costs are highest they've been in a decade

Employers Contributing Less to Workers' Health Savings Accounts

Enrollment in high-deductible plans is up, but employees are getting less help saving for expenses

In Nursing, Men Still Paid More Than Women: Study

Female RNs shortchanged more than $5,000 a year, researchers say

Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

Study found 97 percent said they had patients undergo procedures that weren't medically needed

Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study

The new therapies have remarkably high cure rates

Be Wary of Websites Selling Genetic Cancer Tests: Study

Marketers often overstate benefits, downplay limitations, oncologists say

Hospital Design May Not Boost Patient Satisfaction, Research Suggests

Aesthetics aren't as important as care from doctors, nurses and staff, study notes

Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?

Analysis suggests hiking drug co-pays may help eliminate people with certain illnesses

Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll

Costly not only to the patient but society as a whole, experts say

More Young Adults Getting Preventive Care After Obamacare, Study Finds

More people in early 20s getting blood pressure and routine health checks

Press Releases Blamed for Exaggerated Health News

Researchers point to 'increasing culture of university competition and self-promotion'

Boost in Docs' Incomes Comes From More Procedures, Not More Patients

Researchers suggest salary bump should come from more patients, improved care

Too Few Seniors Check Their Medical Records Online

Study shows older Americans get left behind when it comes to tracking their own health

Voters' Views on Obamacare Split Along Party Lines

Health care is third most important issue to Americans in fall elections, according to polls

Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study Says

Average prices may be 5 percent more in some areas

Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey

But many were happy with their own doctors, researchers report

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

Recent innovations, developments may transform direction of patient care in next decade, researchers say

Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All

Study highlights gaps and unintended consequences of 'Obamacare'

More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans

Companies looking to offset rising insurance costs in 2015 and beyond, survey finds

The 'Hobby Lobby Ruling' and What It Means for U.S. Health Care

Some predict challenges to medical practices that conflict with religious beliefs; others dismiss such scenarios as alarmist

Delayed Retirements May Forestall Predicted Nursing Shortage

Economy, rewarding work have motivated baby boomer nurses to stay on the job, research suggests

Insulin Use, Out-of-Pocket Costs Way Up for Type 2 Diabetes

Study questions value of insulin analogs, but U.S. diabetes expert says they're cost-effective

Autism's Costs Can Run Into Millions for One Person

Lost wages, residential care and special education are just some of the driving factors, study finds

Cancer Center Ads Focus on Emotions More Than Facts, Study Finds

Researchers say it's not clear whether this sways patients when making treatment decisions

New 'Obamacare' Delay Draws Mixed Reactions

Provision gives mid-sized employers more time to offer coverage to their workers

Businesses Urge Change to Obamacare's Insurance Mandate

House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'

Glaxo to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors

Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes

Head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services insists will be much improved within a month