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Willpower is for chumps. This is the only way to keep your New Year’s resolutions

Willpower is for chumps. This is the only way to keep your New Year’s resolutions

The New Year is a time to set goals: to eat better, to save more money, to work harder, to drink less. It’s Day 1 on the road to a "new you." But this road, as we all know, is difficult to follow. Humans are notoriously bad at resisting temptation, e...
Published: 12/29/17
Updated: 01/02/18
Report: Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare

Report: Infection lapses are rampant in nursing homes but punishment is rare

Basic steps to prevent infections — such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work — are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes, endangering residents and spreading hazardous germs.A...
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CDC’s grim new opioid overdose figures: ‘We’re talking about more than an exponential increase’

CDC’s grim new opioid overdose figures: ‘We’re talking about more than an exponential increase’

The national opioid epidemic escalated in 2016, driven by an unprecedented surge in deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opiates, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More than 42,000 Americans...
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Fueled by opioid crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for second straight year

Fueled by opioid crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for second straight year

American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.The United States has n...
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She finally had a baby naturally — with a 24-year-old frozen embryo (w/video)

She finally had a baby naturally — with a 24-year-old frozen embryo (w/video)

When Tina Gibson got married seven years ago, the 26-year-old knew it was unlikely that she would have children naturally. Her husband, 33-year-old Benjamin Gibson, had cystic fibrosis, a condition that can make men infertile, the couple told CNN.The...
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CDC chief disputes reports of banned words

ATLANTA — A list of words shorter than a spelling test has caused a national political stir.There were reports last week that analysts at the nation’s top public health agency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Atlanta, we...
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Pigs can be therapy animals too. So can horses and rats and cats and llamas and … (w/video)

Pigs can be therapy animals too. So can horses and rats and cats and llamas and … (w/video)

Shrieks of laughter echoed off the walls of the hospital as Thunder the mini pig flopped onto his side and the children huddled around him, scratching his pink, hairy belly. He and his wet-nosed partner, Bolt, drew patients in wheelchairs and bandage...
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Obamacare enrollment ends today, but some can get an extension

Obamacare enrollment ends today, but some can get an extension

Today is the day that open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act will close for most people. But those affected by the slew of hurricanes that pummelled Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and other states earlier this year can take advantage of a two-week ...
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City Council sinks deal to alter ownership of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

City Council sinks deal to alter ownership of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — After months of tense negotiations and weeks of political impasse, the City Council on Thursday derailed a proposal that would have changed the ownership structure of the city’s largest hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.The 5-...
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Florida hospitals call for more funding in effort to address looming doctor shortage

Florida hospitals call for more funding in effort to address looming doctor shortage

The number of doctors practicing in Florida has not kept up with the state’s surging population growth, and more money is needed to recruit and keep them here, hospital leaders said Wednesday.The shortage is particularly acute in four speciality area...
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