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Free Clinics Run by Med Students on the Rise

More than half of all medical students are involved in such clinics, study says

Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine

Those who did residencies in high-cost areas were more likely to spend more per patient, study finds

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

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

Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report

Workers are paying more for health plans, could be getting less financial protection

Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays

Spotting, offering transitional care to these patients should be priority for doctors, nurses, researcher says

Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds

Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report

As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds

National data shows a 28 percent rise in men opting for the procedure

Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Access to care might play a role, researcher says

Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

Research found initial impact was most pronounced among women in their 20s, and lasted until they were in their 40s

Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All

Study highlights gaps and unintended consequences of 'Obamacare'

Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly

But Americans still eat too few vegetables and too much salt, survey finds

Childhood Mental Disability Rates Up, Study Finds

Largest increase reported among wealthier families

More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans

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

Children With Jailed Family Members More Likely to Have Poor Health Later

Risk about 15 percent higher for those who grew up with incarcerated kin: study

Poor People With Diabetes Much More Likely to Lose a Limb: Study

Most amputations are preventable with earlier treatment, researchers note

Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier

Special incentives encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables, study says

Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids

That, in turn, may help reduce health ills, such as diabetes and heart disease, researcher says

Cost of Kidney Donation May Deter the Poor

Study finds greater decline in donors from low-income areas

Delayed Retirements May Forestall Predicted Nursing Shortage

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

Cancer Survivors Face Mounting Costs of Continuing Medical Care: Study

Their annual expenses were almost twice that of people who never had cancer, researchers report

Recession Linked to More Than 10,000 Suicides in North America, Europe

But countries can take steps to reduce self-harm cases during economic downturns, researchers say

Recession Forced Many Families to Seek Medicaid Coverage

Illinois data shows those who had children with chronic illnesses were most affected

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

Millions Will Not Have to Pay Obamacare Tax Penalties: Report

More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say

Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class Suburbanites: Study

Problem often starts after prescription painkiller use, researchers say

Your Income Might Influence Your Risk for Certain Cancers

Lifestyle-related disease, such as lung cancer, is more common among the poor, researchers find

Cheaper Food May Be Fueling U.S. Obesity Epidemic

Americans spend just one-tenth of disposable income on food, an historic low, study finds

Good Grades = Bigger Bucks

Study found higher GPAs in high school were associated with higher incomes as adults

Single Moms' Job Loss May Have Long Term Impact on Kids

Children's education and long-term mental health often seem to suffer, research shows

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in 1 Year: Study

Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures

Foreclosures May Raise Neighbors' Blood Pressure

The more properties nearby that were foreclosed on by lenders, the higher the blood pressure, study finds

Many Iraq-Afghanistan War Vets Struggle to Find Enough Food: Study

25 percent face food insecurity, which triggers other woes, Minnesota researchers find

Kids With ADHD May Also Suffer Family Troubles

Study found they were more likely to come from homes affected by poverty, divorce, substance abuse

When Older Adults Consider Suicide, Depression May Not Be Main Reason

Study suggests health, money, family problems more likely to trigger troubling thoughts

Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

Study of dermatologists found those with access to samples from drug makers more likely to prescribe expensive meds

Too Many Foster Kids With ADHD Treated With Antipsychotic Drugs: Study

Researchers looked at unapproved 'atypical' use of these meds in one state

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report

Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries, experts say

More Than 1 Million Americans Caring for Injured Veterans: Report

Few public or private programs offer direct support to these caregivers, researchers say

Fewer Americans Would Smoke If Cessation Treatments Were Covered: CDC

Counseling and medication services aren't all included, and barriers to access exist, study shows

Traffic Smog Tied to Hospital Stays for White Kids With Asthma

Among black kids in study, other factors appeared to play bigger role in asthma rehospitalizations

Millions Underinsured in 2012, Reforms Well-Targeted, Report Says

Despite new laws, 15 million poor people have no new coverage options

Many Don't Understand Obamacare or Health Insurance, Survey Finds

'Navigators' can help walk people through enrollment process, experts say

Chronically Ill Americans May Skip Meds to Afford Food

Study finds that people with health issues who don't qualify for assistance often must choose either 'treat or eat'

When a Parent Dies, What Helps a Child Cope?

Study suggests grieving can affect school performance; mental health therapy an effective option

Do Harder Working Husbands Have Healthier Wives?

His long work hours may boost her health, study suggests

Moving Out of Poor Neighborhood May Disrupt Boys' Mental Health: Study

However, girls tend to do better with upward mobility, researchers say

Rising Fresh Produce Prices Tied to Higher Risk of Child Obesity

However, study also found similar effect with cost of fast food

Students' Health Habits Tied to School Success

Fitness, nutrition, proper sleep and TV restrictions appeared to make a difference in study of city kids

Living in Rich Neighborhood May Fuel Materialism

Keeping up with the Joneses hardest on young city dwellers with less money, study finds

Food Price Hikes May Affect Those With Type 2 Diabetes

USDA study finds glucose levels increase as produce, low-fat dairy become more costly