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Politics Oct 26Deep gender divide over Trump could influence the 2018 midterms, poll says
The gender is particularly pronounced among suburban women -- a demographic that could flip control of Congress in a year when a record number of women are also running for office.
Health Oct 24How should doctors and nurses screen patients for intimate partner violence in the #MeToo era?
The best estimates likely under-represent the true scope and scale of intimate partner violence because victims often are afraid to disclose what has happened to them.
Health Oct 16What the CVS-Aetna merger could mean for you
The move could make health care more expensive for consumers while delivering higher profits to executives, opponents say. Here is what we know so far about this merger and its potential effect on your health care.
Health Sep 21For kids in Puerto Rico, ‘we don’t know all the damage they have endured’ from Hurricane Maria
There were no lights, air conditioning or working toilets when Natalia Merced returned to her dorm room at the University of Puerto Rico in late October, a month after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Classes had resumed at the university’s…
Politics Sep 14Read the new charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort
Federal prosecutors filed new charges against former Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort for conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to new court documents released Friday.
Nation Sep 119/11 to today: Ways we have changed
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, set in motion events that would change the course of life in the U.S. and around the world. Below is a short list illustrating how much the world has and hasn’t changed since…
Health Sep 10Nearly 30 percent of patients prescribed opioids had no recorded pain diagnoses
The research team behind a new letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine did not make a conclusion that these prescriptions were inappropriate.
Health Sep 05What’s happened since California let fewer families reject vaccines
All 50 states require vaccinations for students entering public school. But the vast majority also give families the ability to opt out of those vaccinations for personal or religious reasons.
Health Aug 28There’s a new global ranking of gun deaths. Here’s where the U.S. stands
Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations -- Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.
Health Aug 17What will it take to reverse childhood obesity? More than a single solution
A recent study highlights how complicated childhood obesity continues to be, as the United States scrambles to address one of the greatest risk factors for chronic illness, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease, later in life.